4 CSR AND NON-FINANCIAL INFORMATION - Limiting our environmental impact and operating in a safe environment
LPG FUEL ON THE RISE Although climate change has become a serious concern, the proposed solutions are not always feasible in the short term, nor are they always less damaging to the environment, such as electricity, sometimes generated by thermal power stations.
However, in our field of activity, we have an energy of transition that is immediately available and for which the technology has been proven for many years: LPG automotive fuel. In Europe, more than 15 million vehicles already use LPG, considered by the European Union as an “environmentally friendly alternative automotive fuel”, thanks to its low CO 2 emissions and almost zero particulate emissions. The Spanish market, which calls this automotive fuel autogas , has grown substantially since 2017 and annual LPG vehicle registrations increased from 4,500 in 2017 to 27,000 in 2019.
The country has a network of 700 gas stations distributing this “green” automotive fuel for a fleet of approximately 110,000 LPG vehicles. Major automotive manufacturers are already offering new models that run on LPG and many garages in Spain are also converting vehicles. Vitogas España is present in this booming market and our sales have followed the trend, rising from 3,060 tonnes of LPG automotive fuel distributed in 2017 to 6,658 tonnes in 2019, an increase of 217%. We distribute Autogas by Vitogas in 200 gas stations and the development outlook is good for the next 3 years. With an all-product volume of more than 60,000 tonnes distributed in 2019 on the Spanish market, Vitogas’ market share increased by 11%. In addition to the commercial success of Vitogas España, our teams are aware that we are contributing to the reduction of global warming in order to preserve our planet. Manuel Ledesma Chief Executive Officer Vitogas España
activities and thereby strengthen its climate resilience can be organized into 3 categories: • measures to support and raise awareness among customers to reduce their emissions by consuming better and less are implemented by Rubis Énergie subsidiaries; • the analysis of the energy consumption of facilities in order to optimize/reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) on a daily basis; • sharing ideas to develop new projects and support the Group’s future strategic directions in the medium and long term to better integrate climate issues. At this stage, it has included a CO 2 emission reduction target for the Group's fixed and movable facilities (scopes 1 and 2) in the variable compensation criteria of the Management as from 2019.
emissions) and, to a lesser extent, from road haulage (72 kt, i.e. 16.9% of emissions), as well as from the energy consumption of industrial facilities (24% of CO 2 emissions, of which 85% comes from the Rubis Énergie refinery). In addition to refining (87 kt, Group share), which is an industrial transformation activity requiring energy consumption, the most significant volumes of energy are used by Rubis Terminal (third-party storage activity), which operates the Group’s largest storage terminals that are equipped with boilers to maintain the temperature of certain products requiring hot storage. The energies used by the Group (electricity, steam, fuels) contribute to the smooth day-to-day operation of industrial facilities, including safety equipment (power-driven fire pumps, back-up generators, etc.).
Rubis Énergie (and Rubis Terminal, very marginally) distribute petroleum products that release CO 2 when used by the customer. This is the Group’s most significant source of CO 2 emissions and accounts for nearly all scope 3 emissions, although in 2019, 51% of the gross margin came from sales of LPG and bitumen, products that emit less or no CO 2 during use. These emissions account for 96% of the Group’s total emissions. For this reason the initiatives implemented by the subsidiaries to help users reduce these emissions are detailed first.
CARBON FOOTPRINT MANAGEMENT MEASURES
The measures taken by the Group to control and reduce the carbon footprint related to its