Arkema contributes to global efforts to conserve natural resources. A number of CSR programs are in place to reduce its energy consumption, optimize its processes, and limit its use of water, in order to minimize its consumption of non-renewable raw materials.
A better use of energy
The Group has been ISO 50001 accredited since November 2014. This ISO 50001 certification is gradually being granted to the more energy-intensive sites. As part of a continuous improvement drive, an energy management scheme has been put in place, and energy performance audits are carried out.
To date, 30 of the Group’s manufacturing sites have been awarded the ISO 50001 certification.
Arkenergy, a program designed to bring energy consumption under control
Arkema’s objective is to reduce by 20% its net energy purchasing expressed in EFPI (Environmental Footprint Performance Indicator) by 2030, from a 2012 baseline.
Accordingly, the Group is rolling out the Arkenergy program across its subsidiaries and industrial sites by relying on a global network of energy leaders.
Arkenergy entails three main points:
- Continuous efforts to optimize energy consumption and costs from the design and purchasing of equipment to the daily operation of plants;
- Roll-out of an energy management scheme designed to systematically implement virtuous operational practices, as well as define targets suited to each site and review these periodically;
- Compliance with laws, regulations and other requirements applicable to energy efficiency.
The Arkenergy program has cut our energy usage 12% since 2012.
Conserving fossil resources
Energy conservation is a major issue for our world and for future generations. Resources of fossil fuels (oil, gas, uranium), used for transportation and domestic heating, were built up over hundreds of millions of years. These reserves are now being depleted.
Between 1970 and 2010 world energy consumption increased by nearly 120%. At this rate, energy needs could even double again by 2050.
In order to conserve fossil resources while addressing the growing needs of people, Arkema favors the use of renewable raw materials. Conserving non-renewable raw materials for production is a key precept for the Arkema Group. Every new plant is designed on the basis of a study into optimizing its processes and raising its efficiency. Such new manufacturing processes reduce the amount of raw materials required.
Furthermore, by offering innovative solutions in the field of new energies, Arkema plays its part in helping to save our planet’s fossil resources.
Conserving water resources
Arkema contributes to better access to water for all, and also improves its production practices to minimize its water consumption by:
- Implementing methods for reducing consumption
- Using closed circuit cooling systems
Various actions are in place based on local constraints and on the sites’ specific activities:
- Installation of flowmeters;
- Introduction of leak detection programs;
- Modifying technologies;
- Upgrading fire-fighting circuits;
- Recovering rainwater;
- Recycling washwater and boiler condensates.
Launched in 2016, the Optim'O approach aims to reduce the total cost of water use by 15%, and to reduce the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) of discharges by 60% in intensitycompared to 2012. Both by 2030.
All the Group's sites are now subject to an annual mapping of flows, costs and discharges.
Actions to reduce consumption, to recycle and to reduce water costs have been launched, in particular thanks to a specific envelope of dedicated investments.
An analysis of exposure to water stress has also been carried out for all the group's sites. A more detailed analysis of the criticality of each site and of the issues at stake will make it possible to define and prioritize risk reduction actions in the event of water restrictions.