OUR ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITY
Our industrial sites and offices [NFPS]
Water [NFPS] 22.214.171.124 BIC consumed 394,822 m 3 of water worldwide in 2020.
Waste [NFPS] 126.96.36.199 Total waste production
As part of its industrial activities, BIC Group generates both Hazardous and Non-Hazardous waste. Non-Hazardous waste represents the 86% of the total (in tonnes) and includes, for example: packaging waste; ● manufacturing waste (production scrap, plastics, metal, wood, ● cardboard…); maintenance waste (metal, paper); and ● waste from employees’ activities. ● Hazardous waste, which represents the 14% of the total waste (in tonnes), is mainly generated by the manufacturing processes and includes for example: absorbents (filters, activated carbon, etc.); ● chemical substances (solvents, inks, etc.); ● WEEE (lamps, batteries, etc.); ● manufacturing waste (such as paper/cardboard, metal or wood ● polluted with chemical substances, etc.). Over the years, BIC has developed a global waste management policy and many programs at factory level to promote waste reduction and ensure best valorization of waste. In 2020 various projects were carried out in BIC Group’s plants, in particular: on Conté site (France), recovered waste helped reduce by 20% ● the quantity of waste generated per ton of production; BIC East Africa (Kenya) site undertook recycling of plastic ● scraps. The results achieved by the BIC Group in 2020 regarding waste production and management are as follows: a 13% decrease in the quantity of waste generated per ton of ● production between 2019 and 2020; the percentage of recovered waste (recycled or incinerated ● with energy recuperation) at 82% increased between 2019 and 2020. The increase of 1 point is due to increased incineration with energy recovery; the percentage of recycled industrial waste remained stable at ● 64.5% between 2019 and 2020; nine sites reported zero waste to landfill in 2020. In addition, ● efforts continue to determine the reasons for the landfill disposal of certain types of waste at the Group’s sites. In particular, these reasons can include regulatory obligations or the lack of waste processing channels in remote areas.
ANNUALWATER CONSUMPTION NORMALIZED TO BIC FACTORIES PRODUCTION – BIC GROUP – INM 3 /TON
An increase of 7.1% in water consumption per ton of production is observed between 2019 and 2020. Over this same period, BIC’s total water consumption dropped by 11% while production dropped by 17%. These changes can be explained by the implementation of programs to optimize the Group’s industrial processes and equipment, combined with the Covid-19 crisis, which increased water needs by 4.1% for hygiene (62% of water is consumed for domestic use). In addition to the volumes consumed, it is essential to consider where this consumption takes place. It can occur in so-called “water stress” zones where water is a scarce resource. The uneven distribution of water across the planet, and limited access to it, may give rise to severe political and social tensions. Eight sites show a moderate risk of water stress (in Europe, the United States, India, Africa, Mexico and Brazil) according to a global risk assessment on water and its future availability conducted by BIC in 2018. The Group will continue striving to improve its water consumption ratios, taking the scarcity of this resource into account in order to prioritize its action plans for the reduction of water consumption. BIC East Africa (Kenya) is planning to build a water treatment plant for wastewater treatment.
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