Environment

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Preventing pollution, protecting biodiversity, limiting our use natural resources, making our equipment more efficient, reducing our CO2 emissions...

Our teams worldwide are working to help build a sustainable and desirable future.

A recognized environmental approach​

Environmental Awards

Ambitious Green House gas reduction program​

Our targets were formally validated (“targets set”) by the Science-Based Targets initiative in May 2020, making Vallourec the first company in the oil/para-petroleum industry to obtain this recognition.

Our targets approved for 2025 are as follows, expressed with respect to 2017:

  • reduce the fossil and biogenic carbon footprint of our industrial activities (Scopes 1 & 2) by 20% in absolute value;
  • reduce our value chain from the purchase of raw materials (including steel) to the use and end of life of our products (Scopes 1, 2 & 3) by 25% in absolute value;
  • to reduce the intensity (tons of CO2 per million euros of added value) of our purchases of raw materials, including steel, by 45%; and
  • reduce our Scope 3 indirect emissions by 25% in absolute value, including our transportation and the use/end-of-life of our products in various markets.

Our journey towards a low-CO2 footprint started in 2008, with the ​ Greenhouse project:​

  • Objective: to reduce our energy consumption
  • Results: -17% CO2 emissions, in 2020
  • Means: Energy efficiency (Process communities, Best practices) & Investment in best available technologies as pellet plant : use of charcoal as a substitute for natural gas

Enhanced industrial processes & footprint

Concrete results

A number of local assets in our various regions:

  • Two electrical furnaces powered by low-carbon energies
  • Using scrap metal to create steel
  • In Brazil, Vallourec operates a 1,730 km2 (427,500 acres) forest estate:
    - 64% of the surface is preserved in its natural state and the rest is cultivated to produce biomass charcoal and biogenic pig iron
    - The eucalyptus trees absorb CO2, forming a giant carbon sink

Key figures
  • 78% of consumed resources from renewable sources
  • 44% of energy consumed from renewable sources
  • 49% of steel used from recycled scrap
  • 97.6% of waste recovery
  • 14% of our water requirements supplied by rainwater

Examples of initiatives

North America

VSTAR Youngstown (steel plant, rolling mills):

  • 100% low-carbon electricity procurement
  • 200,000 tons of CO2 prevented
  • over 1.5 billion pounds of scrap steel annually recycled
  • Since 2020, Youngstown’s FQM rolling has been collecting rainwater to reduce its drinking water consumption

South America

VSB Jeceaba Pelletization Plant

  • Partial substitution of natural gas by biomass charcoal
  • 25,000 tons of CO2 prevented

VSB Barreiro

  • 1,500 m3 tank to store process water and rainwater for later reuse
  • 33,841m3 of water saved

 

Europe-Africa

France: Aulnoye Forge

  • All the mill involved in energy consumption reduction (maintenance, production, method, VPA, supply chain…)

Asia

PTCT Batam, Indonesia

  • Providing Tank Storage to collect rainwater for production activities
  • Installation of connected electricity and gas meters to monitor energy consumption and reduce waste
  • In 2018, more than 300 trees were placed on the site and more than 100 in the botanical garden. In 2020 and 2021, planting campaigns continued despite the pandemic.

Corinne Willecomme

Shrinking our environmental footprint even faster is a priority at every level of the Group. We owe that to our people, our customers, our partners, and future generations

Corinne Willecomme Sustainable Development Group Director