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Our goal: 100% certified plants
Respect for the environment is nothing new for Groupe SEB: some sites have had departments dedicated to that end for over 15 years. But the company continues improving the environmental performance of its manufacturing and logistics sites.
Groupe SEB is advancing towards ISO 14001 certification, the international environment management standard. At end 2015, 92.1% of the group’s industrial and logistics entities were ISO 14001 certified in accordance with the Group’s standards. Asia Fan (Vietnam) and Groupe SEB India, both acquired in 2011, are part of the certification scope but not yet certified. Action plans are in place to bring them up to the standards of Groupe SEB.
Cutting waste and emissions
Waste: In 2015, more than 73% of Groupe SEB's non-hazardous waste (waste which can be processed in household waste treatment facilities) was recycled thanks to sorting areas and raising employees’ awareness ; and 5.7% went into energy production. Hazardous waste (sensitive waste which must be processed in specialized facilities) is identified, sorted, picked up by specialized companies, and destroyed in approved centres.
Emissions: Assembly processes keep carbon dioxide emissions low. Concerning the volatile organic compounds, Groupe SEB makes regular controls of its emissions (the amount is small, but they contribute to the greenhouse effect and the destruction of the ozone layer). For several years, the company has been making major investments, totaling several million euros, in the most concerned sites to reduce emissions to an acceptable level.
Evolution Groupe SEB energy consumption
Water and biodiversity
Waste water: Groupe SEB incorporates respect for the environment in the development of its industrial processes. It is for example the case of the preparation of aluminum discs for coating during the manufacturing of stoves and pans. On its site of Rumilly in France, the Group has begun to replace its chemical operation by a mechanical treatment that requires only a little water and abrasive. This process is also more economic, ecological and applied to a wider variety of aluminum.
Preventing risks to biodiversity: Risk prevention plans are an integral part of the ISO 14001 certification process for preserving the ecological balance around sites. They spell out the procedure to follow in the event of an incident and call for the installation of preventive facilities, such as water reservoirs for extinguishing fires and pipe plugging systems. In many sites, retention systems underneath the plant help cut the risk of pollution due to accidental spills.
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