Paris, September 20, 2012 – To assess and
compare the water footprint of seven of its biggest production plants
worldwide, Vallourec has turned to Veolia Water’s new measurement and
decision-making assistance tool: the Water Impact Index (WIIX).
Water is essential in the industrial
production process of Vallourec, which is why the company—the world leader in
premium tubular solutions for the oil and gas industry—pays constant attention
to reducing the amounts used. In the space of 10 years, Vallourec has reduced
its water withdrawals by 40% per metric ton of tube produced.
Vallourec now intends to do more than simply
measure how much water it extracts and wants to know the full impact of its
water use on the natural environment.
“We want to go beyond the usual approach based
on knowing the amounts of water taken from the environment or from distribution
networks, and instead learn what impact each of our industrial sites has on
local water resources. We have the twofold objective of ranking our targets and
action plans for water resource management, and of having on hand an educational
tool to explain those targets and plans both internally and externally,” says
Jean-Louis Merveille, head of sustainability for Vallourec.
For those reasons, Vallourec selected Veolia
Water to help it asses the water footprint of its seven biggest sites by using
the Water Impact Index (WIIX): Saint-Saulve (tube and steel mill) and
Déville-les-Rouen in France, Mülheim and Rath in Germany, Youngstown in the United
States and Belo Horizonte in Brazil. In addition to the amounts of water they
extract, the sites were chosen on the basis of their water management costs and
their representativeness of Vallourec’s main geographical production regions.