Within our own operations and joint ventures, we focus activity that have the greatest potential impact on the environment. We aim to reduce energy use, our carbon footprint, water use and waste to landfill. In 2016, we achieved a leadership position of A- in the CDP.
Across our operations and joint ventures, we focus on three aspects of our activities that have the greatest potential impact on the environment:
Energy use and carbon emissions
Projects include replacing the boiler economiser unit at our Lafayette South, US plant with a new model; upgrading the economiser unit at our Almex joint venture plant in Mexico; and constructing a new gas-fired electrical co-generation plant at our Loudon, US facility. These changes will increase the efficiency of energy generation and reduce fuel use (and carbon emissions) at these sites.
We reduced our water use per tonne of production by 2.6% in 2016, due to water efficiency projects and programmes we implemented during the year. Since 2008 we have reduced water use per tonne of production by 1.5%.
Waste to landfill
We reduced waste to landfill by 15.8% per tonne of production in 2016 and since 2008 waste to landfill per tonne of production has reduced by 14.8%.