4 CSR AND NON-FINANCIAL INFORMATION - Limiting our environmental impact and operating in a safe environment
Heating systems at Rubis Terminal’s European storage sites For heating systems already in place, the following actions are under way: • installation of an economizer and replacement by a micro-modulating burner on a boiler in Dunkirk; • switching to natural gas for the boilers at the Strasbourg site. For new systems, such as the latest systems at Rotterdam and Antwerp terminals, there are plans for: • 100% condensate return, 100% thermal insulation of the condensate return circuits, optimized design of purges, systematic installation of modulable controls; • in Rotterdam, basic steamproduced by the regenerative oxidizer, as well as a boiler equipped with an economizer. Renewable energy production at the Martinique refinery SARA has chosen to capitalize on the advantages of its geography and industrial process to produce renewable energy sources that will ultimately enable it to reduce its emissions linked to the consumption of conventional energy needed for its activities. In particular, it has decided to recycle the hydrogen generated by its activities. Thanks to a high-power (1 MW) fuel cell designed for a 15-year operating life, the European ClearGen project enables SARA to inject electricity into the Martinique power grid from the hydrogen co-produced at its refinery . The industrial operation of this cell in a refinery is a world first and meets strong
economic and industrial challenges. With its inauguration in December 2019, SARA and Hydrogène de France became the first industrial operators of a certified high-power fuel cell. The expected gains are 3,837 tCO 2 eq. of emissions avoided per year. In addition, SARA contributed to the photovoltaic power plant projec t by providing the operator with one of its own pieces of land. This photovoltaic power plant supplies green electricity to around 3,000 residents of Martinique . These 2 projects enable SARA to help reduce the emission factor (quantity of carbon emitted) of the electric kWh produced on the island of Martinique. ISO 50001 certification process initiated by the Group’s refinery Every 4 years, SARA conducts a regulatory energy audit. To go even further, SARA initiated an ISO 50001 “Energy Management” certification process in 2019. This standard offers companies a comprehensive approach to continuously improve their energy performance, ensure their sustainability and take action based on the results. SARA’s commitment to this certification process, for which human and financial resources have been granted, demonstrates its willingness to take a proactive approach to the fight against climate change. SARA’s goal is to be certified by the end of 2020. Energy savings in gas stations As part of the renovation work in gas stations, station lighting, particularly of canopies, was in many cases replaced by LED lights. LED technology not only helps
generate significant savings in power consumption, it also offers a significant reduction in maintenance expenditure, the life of the equipment being estimated at over 100,000 hours (20 years).
Reduction in the mileage of distribution rounds with on-board computers
To optimize deliver y routes, thereby reducing the environmental impact of vehicle traffic, certain subsidiaries have equipped their truck fleets with on-board computers. Vitogaz France, for instance, has equipped its delivery trucks with an on-board communication system that automatically transmits daily delivery rounds to each truck, along with a proposed itinerary optimizing mileage as much as possible. Over and above the measures already taken locally by Group entities to reduce their environmental footprint, Rubis has an emissions reduction target, with a trajectory spanning several years. To this end and in order to determine practical actions to reduce the strongest impacts identified during the Bilan Carbone ® assessment, a steering committee has been established to initiate and monitor the carbon footprint. Its task is keeping watch over regulatory and technical developments that will support the Group’s strategic deliberations on how to strengthen climate resilience and monitor improvements over the long term. In line with its DNA, the Group favors a decentralized approach to identify solutions adapted to the specific characteristics of each local environment (climatology, vehicle fleet, etc.). Some subsidiaries have already initiated projects to diversify their activities and market fuels with a less carbon-intensive life cycle: • Rubis Terminal is gradually diversifying its activities by developing the mix of products stored in its terminals. Today, petroleum products account for 77% of the products stored. Other liquid products, such as chemicals, fertilizers, edible oils and molasses, are also stored and represent 45% of Rubis Terminal’s sales revenue. GROUP’S STRATEGIC DIRECTION