What is the main volume input needed to produce a tube? Most of us would probably say steel. But the right answer is actually… water. Saving water and preserving this key natural resource is therefore a major objective for Vallourec.
In 2012, the Group introduced the 'Act4Water' project, with the aim to encourage the reduction of water intake (especially in regions where scarcity is a concern), to minimize the impact of production activities on the environment and to decrease production costs.
Overall, Vallourec reduced its water withdrawals by 29% in 10 years, from over 10 million m3 in 2004 to less than
8 million m3 in 2014, though it built or acquired new mills over the same period.
Today, the Group is accelerating its efforts. All across the world, Vallourec production sites are investing and implementing novel, award-winning solutions, to rethink the Group's approach to water management.