Boulogne-Billancourt, November 19, 2015 – Vallourec, world leader in premium tubular solutions, is committed to countering global warming. The Group is one of the 80 major French companies which have signed the “business proposals” presented as part of the COP21. As an international player in metallurgy and energy, Vallourec takes pride in conducting its activities in a responsible manner. The Group also joined the UN Global Compact in 2010, leading to the creation of its Sustainable Development charter in 2011 setting down 15 commitments and 3 major aspects which are monitored at the highest level of the company.
An ambitious and balanced carbon policy
Even if the direct emissions generated by Vallourec are moderate (1.2 million metric tons per year), the Group, which provides high technology solutions for the most complex and demanding applications in the energy sector, pursues its virtuous approach by proposing eco-solutions to its customers to allow them to reduce their emissions and also by working to reduce the emissions linked to its own processes.
Climate solutions: helping customers to reduce their emissions
Eliminating Greenhouse Gas leaks: VAM® oil and gas connections
Today, oil and gas operators are seeking maximum security to avoid leaks of hydrocarbons and greenhouse gases. Furthermore, given the increasingly difficult environments such as HP/HT deposits and wells that have been greatly deviated, Vallourec proposes a range of very high performance connections that correspond to these environmental issues. The tightness and mechanical resistance of VAM® connections are equivalent to those of the tubes and avoid the risk of cracking and breaking and therefore leakage of liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons, particularly methane leaks.
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Helping to reduce CO2 emissions by ELECTRIC POWER PLANTS thanks to High Performance steels
Vallourec, leader in supplying tubular solutions for power plants,
has developed solutions for supercritical and ultra-supercritical (USC) power plants which generate the lowest CO2 emissions compared to the average emissions of thermal power plants around the world.
The tubes, offered in a very wide range of sizes and grades of premium steel, are designed to resist the toughest conditions (600°C – 280 bar). They allow an increase in power plant yield (by up to 43% for USC) and reduce their consumption of primary energies, thereby helping to reduce their CO2 emissions by 20%.
PREON® marine, an R&D pilot in offshore WIND TURBINES
Vallourec is investing in renewable energies by developing PREON® marine, a tubular solution to fix offshore wind turbines in shallow waters (< 50 meters) for a new way of producing green electricity.
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GreenHouse program: exceeding the 2020 energy efficiency objective
Vallourec is committed to reducing its energy consumption and CO2 emissions via its
GreenHouse project. The objective of this program, launched in 2009, is to reduce the Group’s consumption of gas and electricity by 20% by 2020 compared to the level in 2008. It is based on different initiatives: sharing good practices in all energy activities, setting up thermal checks and energy audits, and an investment program. In 2014, the Group’s energy performance had improved by 15% compared to 2008, so Vallourec should indeed exceed its target of 20% by 2020.
A reduced carbon footprint:
Vallourec Florestal captures carbon in Brazil
To find out more about its carbon flows in the long-term, Vallourec has led an in-depth study on the operating conditions in its forest in Brazil: 240,000 hectares of eucalyptus provide coal for the steel mills. At the end of this scientific study conducted under the aegis of the French national forestry office, covering a period of 30 years, and the first of its kind to be conducted by the profession, it can clearly be seen that, thanks to the role of the roots and the earth, the forest-steelworks system captures carbon instead of emitting it, thereby almost halving the Group’s total emissions.
A carbon policy which is part of a 5-year roadmap
To continue to progress in its approach, Vallourec pursues its Corporate Social Responsibility commitment thanks to its 2020 strategic plan. This is a roadmap comprising 7 themes:
Set medium-term objectives and publish them
Include sustainable development issues more in the economic model
Involve staff more
Develop the Group’s commitments to society
Step up the actions in progress
Obtain formal recognition of the efforts made by the Group.