4 CSR AND NON-FINANCIAL INFORMATION - Limiting our environmental impact and operating in a safe environment
Measures to limit and recycle waste The Group has implemented innovative procedures and tools to minimize its production of waste, hazardous or otherwise. To this end, subsidiaries continue their efforts to increase the number of sites utilizing recycling networks for heat recovery, when such treatment is available nearby. A continuous inventory of hazardous materials or substances is regularly reported to the local authorities (in the European Union). A register is kept available for inspection by the Regional Directorates of Environment, Planning and Housing (DREALs) at each French site. Rubis Terminal and the Rubis Énergie refinery have also established a system of systematic sorting of non-hazardous industrial waste, a classification covering all waste that is neither hazardous nor inert. This sorting is performed through the use of suitable and appropriately positioned containers on each site. All subsidiaries are now equipped with containers, apart from the Dörtyol terminal in Turkey (currently being studied, as no local recycling networks are yet set up for this type of waste).
22.214.171.124.2 WASTE MANAGEMENT The activities of Rubis’ subsidiaries generate little hazardous waste, given their respective business lines, and therefore do not constitute a significant risk. The main sources of waste generation are storage and refining activities. In order to minimize its impact, the Group does its utmost to limit the quantity of waste generated and to recycle wherever possible. Subsidiaries ensure that residual waste that cannot be recycled is treated as required by applicable standards. Analysis by business line The petroleum products distribution activity generates virtually no hazardous waste, other than in the storage activity. The only hazardous waste produced mainly comprises residues and sludge, which are treated as required by the locally applicable standards, as outlined below in respect of the storage activity. The storage activity generates 3 categories of hazardous waste:
• waste generated by the subsidiaries’ regular activity , particularly following maintenance and inspection, which are mainly comprised of residues and sludge removed when tanks (and/or separators) are cleaned during maintenance operations or when switching between products. Like all other waste, residue and sludge removal is systematically registered, declared and sent to authorized recycling or destruction plants. Residue and sludge with combustion power are usually sent to authorized thermal recovery centers; • goods not delivered to customers , which can sometimes only be removed from sites as “hazardous waste”; • waste from clean-up work , particularly on recently acquired sites that contain legacy pollution that predates the Group’s arrival. The refining activity produces hazardous waste, mainly hydrocarbon residues and sludge (recovered when wastewater from tanks and/or separators is treated during maintenance work) and chemical products.
Generation of hazardous waste as reported at Rubis Terminal sites rose by 25% between 2018 and 2019. The clean-up operation and dismantling of part of the facilities at the Reichstett site continued to generate a high volume of waste that could not be recycled.
The volumes of hazardous waste related to the refining activity and reported in 2019 were up compared to 2018. This significant change is mainly due to the fact that in 2019, 19 tonnes of soiled soil and pebbles were not recovered, leading to a decrease in the
recovery rate. Waste recycling consists in reusing petroleum sludge and other waste soiled by petroleum products as fuel or another energy source. Oils are regenerated for reuse. Metals and metallic compounds are recycled or recovered.