dating back to 2013 is expected to continue until the targeted 8% reduction is reached between 2016 and 2020. A total of 70 sites declared the start of new energy efficiency projects in 2015. Valeo also continued the rollout of the ISO 50001 energy management standard over the year, with ten sites worldwide, or 8% of the total number, having already obtained certification. REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS Aware of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Valeo committed to minimizing its carbon footprint in 2009. Between 2014 and 2015, the Group reduced its indirect greenhouse gas emissions as a proportion of sales by 6%. Valeo’s overall carbon footprint totaled approximately 6.8 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent in 2015, an increase of 8.3% compared with 2014. As a proportion of Valeo’s sales, however, the 2015 carbon footprint shrunk by 3.9% compared with 2014. For the 2016-2020 period, Valeo has set itself the goal of reducing its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions as a proportion of sales by 8%. LIMITING WASTE AND DISCHARGES For years, Valeo has been proactively managing the risk of toxic substances being discharged into the air or soil. Valeo sites are required to identify any prohibited or regulated substances in their buildings, manufacturing equipment or products by referring to a database known by the acronym BRDS (Banned, Regulated and Declared Substances). The Group has committed to reducing air emissions, particularly ozone-depleting substances (CFCs and HCFCs), with action on replacement and periodic monitoring of leaks from equipment containing refrigerants. This resulted in a 3.8% reduction in CFC emissions in 2015. In respect of air emissions, each site must implement solutions to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. In 2015, Valeo recorded a 1.7% fall in VOC emissions as a proportion of sales, and a 9.5% decrease in NOx emissions as a proportion of sales. Although Valeo does not generate industrial wastewater containing large amounts of pollutants, each site scrupulously manages its effluents and is equipped to prevent accidental spills into the environment. In 2015, the total volume of effluents discharged by the Group’s sites was down by 11% compared with 2014, and no significant spills were recorded for the year.
At the seventh World Water Forum, the two Kyongju sites in South Korea (Powertrain Systems) received awards for their exemplary endeavors to cut down drinking water consumption, allow for environmental factors when setting up new industrial processes, and detect water leaks in pipes. The awards also acknowledged their work with the local government on setting up a wastewater separation system to prevent groundwater pollution.
KYONGJU REWARDED FOR WATER MANAGEMENT
The Angers site (France) took part in a pilot project in 2015 involving the installation of innovative measurement devices on the site’s various electrical junction boxes. The project points to a possible reduction in current total consumption of between 10% and 15%, representing potential annual savings of some 300,000 euros for the site. In the long term, the Group plans to extend this method to other sites.
ENERGY CONSUMPTION: PILOT PROJECT AT THE ANGERS SITE
VALEO / 2015 ACTIVITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REPORT