Environment

Respecting the environment in all company operations and acknowledging the responsibility of businesses to maintain the balance of natural resources are key issues of MYTILINEOS' approach to Sustainable Development.

Policy

Measuring our impact on the environment is a long-term process, which is evolving each year. To this end, the company takes steps to stabilise and reduce its environmental footprint, through an integrated Environmental Management System in place in all its business activity sectors and through investments in the improvement of its production processes taking advantage of new developments in related technologies, as well as by adopting and applying Best Available Techniques (BATs).

Core elements of the MYTILINEOS Environmental policy:

  1. Adherence to the commitments and agreements that MYTILINEOS has undertaken over and above its statutory obligations.
  2. Integration of Sustainable Development principles in its decision-making and operation processes.
  3. Assessment of the impacts of the company's activities on the environment, identification and assessment of potential risks, adoption of the necessary preventive measures, conduct of regular inspections and drills in order to confirm their implementation and evaluate their efficiency.
  4. Control, continuous reduction and proper management of solid, liquid and gaseous waste, employing utilisation, reuse and recycling techniques where feasible.
  5. Responsible use of energy and other natural resources.
  6. Responsible use of water, beyond regulatory requirements, by reducing water withdrawals and discharges, and by minimizing water consumption.
  7. Protection of biodiversity and ecosystems.
  8. Prevention of all identified pollution risks.
  9. Satisfactory readiness and effective response to environmental emergencies and correction of all deviations, by implementing corrective plans.
  10. Study, maintenance and evolution of appropriate prevention and suppression means, especially in cases where installations are modified.
  11. Correction of all deviations identified, by introducing and implementing corrective and preventive action plans and rehabilitation plans.
  12. Continuous briefing, training and awareness-raising activities for personnel in all Business Sectors, in a manner that is adapted to the duties and needs of each employee and promotes an environmentally responsible culture.
  13. Acknowledgment of Stakeholders’ needs and expectations regarding environmental issues, demonstrating increased awareness of them and promoting a climate of cooperation.
  14. Encouraging associates (contractors, suppliers, clients) to take action in connection with environment-related issues and strengthening of their environmental conscience.
  15. Organisation of regular internal and external inspections to assess the performance of the Environmental Management System, the achievement of the targets set and the application of the regulations and principles.

Environmental Investments

MYTILINEOS systematically invests in the most advanced Best Available Techniques (BATs) of environmental management, in research programs for waste management and utilization of Bauxite residues. Also, MYTILINEOS invests in renewing its production processes with new technology equipment, aiming at continuous improvement and minimization of its environmental footprint.

 

Metallurgy Business Unit

Installation of a new, modern Alumina Calcination Unit.

Investment value of €15 million. It is a new modern unit of nominal production capacity of 1,350t per day, which replaces previous, technologically outdated and high thermal consumption plants. This investment is expected to reduce significantly the plant’s energy cost as well as its carbon dioxide emissions per 25%, while offering great potential in production flexibility.

Metallurgy Business Unit

Construction of new Cells of the Controlled Landfill for Hazardous Waste.

Investment value of €1,3 million to address the needs for the disposal of hazardous waste the 6th cell of the Controlled Landfill for Hazardous Waste, regarded as a model construction in the Greek industry, was successfully completed and is now in full operation. In parallel, the Landfill's 7th cell environmental licensing stage has been completed and its construction was finished in the first half of 2017.

Metallurgy Business Unit

MYTILINEOS as coordinator of the “ENEXAL” European research program.

This investment, with value of €4,7 million, covered the costs for the installation of a prototype pilot unit, the consumption of energy as well as the costs of consumables and personnel in order to develop a specific technology for the treatment of bauxite residues with the aim of producing pig iron and stone wool. More than 35 tonnes of bauxite residues were treated during the program. A total of 8 tonnes of pig iron were produced and tested successfully in the production of cast-iron spheres in a Serbian steel plant. The quantity of stone wool produced was successfully used as industrial insulation material within the plant.

Metallurgy Business Unit

Installation of 4 Filter Presses for drying bauxite residues.

MYTILINEOS invested €15 million for the installation of 4 Filter Presses for drying bauxite residues and the design and layout of the corresponding areas and of pilot plants. In these installations, the inert bauxite residues from the alumina production process are filtered, their humidity content is removed. Thus, in the form of a dry solid substance, they can be utilised in a variety of industrial and other uses, including use as a source of iron and aluminium (Al2O3) in cement production, as a material for the rehabilitation of disused mines, as an additional raw material in brick and roof tile production, and as topsoil for cultivating plants. In parallel, in late 2011 we achieved our major objective of disposing all bauxite residues on land, in accordance with relevant studies and in compliance with approved environmental terms, in a custom-configured area under company ownership.

Metallurgy Business Unit

Establishment of a High-Efficiency Combined Heat and Power Plant which uses Natural Gas as combustion fuel.

The value of investment was €200 million. This plant is the only large-scale cogeneration plant in Greece and in the wider region of SE Europe. The plant’s operation helped directly reduce by 150,000 tonnes the annual consumption of fuel oil required to produce steam for use in the aluminium production process. The CHP Plant contributes in a highly effective way to the efforts to save on primary energy and to significantly reduce CO₂ emissions at the local, national and European level (it is estimated that in the last five years it has helped prevent the release of approximately 2,000,000 tons of CO₂ emissions).

Metallurgy Business Unit

Annual investments in the protection of the environment.

Annual expenditures in excess of €7.5 million. The company’s policy is to secure the annual funds that allow it to implement its environmental protection policies and to ensure that all actions under them achieve the desired performance. Indicative examples in this area include the treatment and disposal of waste, the processing of air emissions, expenditures for the purchase and use of greenhouse gas emissions rights and landscape rehabilitation (landscaping, fencing, planting of trees, watering-fertilisation).

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