4 CSR AND NON-FINANCIAL INFORMATION - Limiting our environmental impact and operating in a safe environment
SUPPORT AND SERVICES ACTIVITY Risks Support and services activity (refining and shipping) could give rise to water and soil pollution in the event of accidental spillage or leaks, as well as through the use of wastewater (desalination water, stripping treatments, draining), bulk tank drain water and ballast wastewater. Moreover, shipping activity can generate risks of pollution during ship loading/
unloading operations or in the event of a shipping accident. Measures to prevent and contain pollution For vessel chartering, the Group calls on the services of a specialized company that systematically vets the vessels in question. This company collects information relating to the vessel’s condition (construction date, maintenance, etc.), as well as the operator’s quality (reliability of the crew, etc.). It then
submits a recommendation on the risks in using the vessel, which the teams rely on before signing the charter agreement. Rubis Énergie has also taken preventive measures in the event of maritime pollution in its terminals, during product loading/ unloading operations. Rubis Énergie has partnered with Oil Spill Response Ltd, an organization that provides specialized assistance in managing this t ype of occurrence.
GROUP RESULTS Water pollution
Suspended solids released into water*
Petroleum products released into water
Storage activity (Rubis Terminal)
Refining activity (Rubis Énergie – support and services)
Distribution activity (Rubis Énergie)
* Suspended solids released into water: see definition in section 4.5.3.
Soil pollution Storage
In the storage activity , the amount of suspended solids released into water is very low with respect to the volume of water used (more than 450,000 m 3 ). As such, the change between 2018 and 2019 is not significant. In t he ref ining ac tiv it y , the sharp improvement in suspended solids found in wastewater is due to the start-up of a new lamellar separator in early 2019.
Distribution/support and services In accordance with professional practices, Rubis Énergie monitors accidental spillages of liquid petroleum products with a unit volume of more than 200 liters. In 2019, the subsidiaries reported 6 incidents (2 leaks, 2 road accidents involving trucks and 2 incidents at depots). Any substantial spillage is followed by remedial action to restore an acceptable environment as soon as possible.
Four uncontained pollution incidents were reported in 2019 across all 24 sites, corresponding to an overall volume of 47 m 3 . The reported incidents correspond to pollution in excess of 200 liters in the course of one year.
The Group endeavors to promote all measures liable to reduce pollution by incorporating environmental issues into its ethical standards and through multiple preventive measures (see section 4.2.1). The Group also has an active sponsorship and partnership policy with environmental protection associations. For example, Rubis Bahamas supports BREEF (Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation), a Bahamian non-governmental, non- profit foundation which aims to raise the population’s awareness of the importance of, and the need to preserve, the Bahamian marine environment (see section 220.127.116.11).