ESG

Your safety is our only way

Alkion operates in a complex industrial environment where safety is everything. At all times it is imperative that products are handled and stored in line with all relevant rules and regulations. That’s why, since our formation in 2016, we have deployed a responsible and sustainable business strategy based on long-term risk mitigation. This approach is defined as Safety, Security, Health, Environment, Compliance and Quality (SSHECQ). 

Alkion is also subject to the SEVESO guidelines and operates under a License to Operate granted by the authorities. We therefore hire experienced suppliers and contractors who accept and adhere to our safety procedures. Supplier activities are monitored on a regular basis to ensure that their operational checks, management systems and safety performance complies with Alkion Terminals criteria. Quality management is embedded in the operational procedures and a code of conduct is in place.

We will continue to invest in all appropriate safety equipment and expertise as part of our commitment to optimizing the safety of everyone who works at, or with, our terminals.

For everyone’s future

Alkion is in business for the long-term and our lasting success depends on the choices we make today for the well-being of the planet and its people tomorrow. We have an obligation to the communities in which we operate, and we conduct all our operations responsibly.

By caring for People, Planet & Profit we believe that we contribute to the creation of prosperity, durability and well-being for our business partners in the public and private sectors, the communities in which we operate, and investors.

Our sustainability strategy is based on three pillars:

  1. Foster wellness in terms of the health, safety and well-being of everybody on and around our premises 
  2. Empower people through recognition, delegating authority, and developing skills and leadership talent 
  3. Reduce adverse climate impact from two angles: 
    • Inwardly, through resource efficient operations with lower emissions 
    • Outwardly, by facilitating storage solutions for renewable energy and circular resources 

In terms of tangible climate actions this means a permanent focus on managing and reducing our ecological footprint (air, water, soil, wastes). We are also pursuing the efficient use of energy and taking meaningful steps, such as the installation of solar panels to reduce our carbon footprint.

Alkion Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

Alkion strives to deliver the highest standards of customer service and operations in a responsible manner. All our activities are guided by a commitment to ethics and integrity, with the intention of positively impacting society and minimizing our impact on the environment.

At the heart of our CSR approach is a sound SSHECQ policy that stresses the accountability of every employee while guarding against complacency. Within this context we recognize the need to foster a motivated, entrepreneurial and well-trained workforce that internalizes our company values and adheres to our continuous improvement process. This will, in turn, enhance Alkion’s reputation as a responsible actor that makes a positive and pro-active contribution to the communicates and societies that we are proud to be a part of.

CO2 Performance ladder: Our footprint and reduction objective

Objective and progress

In 2019 Alkion Terminals emitted 11.354 tonnes of CO2, with Scope 1 Emissions accounting for 8.272 Tonnes CO2, Scope 2 Emissions for 2.917 Tonnes of CO2 and 164 Tonnes of CO2 for Business Travel. By 2025, we aim to emit 20% less CO2 than in 2019. We are targeting reductions of CO2 Emissions of Scope 1 by 10.5% and Scope 2 by 8.2%. In 2020 Alkion emitted 12.215 tonnes of CO2. The increase in comparison to 2019 accounts for Scope 1. It is explained by the growing gas consumption required to handle higher throughput volumes and tank occupancy for heated products. In 2021 we emitted 9.753 tonnes of CO2, reducing our emissions by 14% in comparison to the baseline year 2019. The decrease is mainly driven by: 1) partial transition of the business into newly build more energy efficient tankpit ; 2) Switch of the source of the steam supply at Le Havre terminal – from gas origin to waste incineration; 3) Increasing share of Green Electricity supply vs Grey Electricity by both self-generating solar power in Italy and Lisbon and securing 50% of purchased electricity with green electricity with “Guarantees of Origin”.

KPI’s

To monitor the relative progress Alkion Terminals has set up KPIs. 

2019 2020 2021
CO2 Footprint (Tonnes CO2) 11.354 12.215 9.753
Emission per FTE (CO2/FTE) 34.3 37.3 30.6
Emission per revenues (CO2/revenues)*1000 113.2 121.9 99.3
Emission per throughput (CO2/throughput)*1000 3.6 4.6 3.6
Grey Electricity purchased (MWh) 12.371 12.380 7.020
Green Electricity purchased (MWh) 6.772
Self-generated electricity by solar (MWh) 575 502 572
  Out of which self-consumed (MWh) 460 356 449
  Out of which exported to the grid (MWh) 115 146 124
Grey/green electricity ratio 21.5 24.7 1.0
Our emissions in 2021 are equivalent to :

How we reduce CO2 Emissions

Reducing Scope 1 Emissions
  • Gas Consumption
    • Reassess most efficient & sustainable heating option (electricity sources, neighbouring plants)
    • Improve insulation on tanks and pipelines
    • Assess the impact of replacing boilers for more efficient ones
    • Cover part of the natural gas consumption by biogas

     

  • Fuel Consumption
    • Install charging stations at the terminals powered by solar energy
    • Revise the corporate policy to improve the maximum requirement CO2/km
    • Focus on leasing/renting hybrid and electric cars
    • Promote lease e-bikes
Initiatives

Alkion Terminals is affiliated to Nederland CO2 Neutraal and Talks Energie Transition, a working group within ORAM, the largest business network in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The Italian branch of Alkion participates in Unem (Unione Energie per la Mobilità), with a working group focusing on the development of lower carbon liquid fuels and e-fuels.

In Spain, our Cartagena terminal has joined the organization Cartagena Puerto Sostenibile (Sustainable Port of Cartagena). This initiative is committed to incorporating the 2030 Sustainable Agenda, based on 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, into the port’s strategy. This will be pursued through collaboration with multiple entities, including those in the private sector such as Alkion.

These memberships contribute to knowledge and experience sharing and exchange with other companies on sustainability challenges and solutions. This allows Alkion to be an active participant in the world of energy transition.

Organizational measures
  • Inform employees about sustainability behaviour at the office
  • Replacement of plastic cups
  • One sustainability workshop/education/quiz for employees
  • Visual for the offices and the surroundings around
  • KLM Biofuels Program for Business Travel
Alkion CO2 Performance Ladder 2021
Alkion CO2 Performance ladder first half 2021
Alkion CO2 Performance ladder 2019-2020
Reducing Scope 2 Emissions
    • Electricity consumption: Increasing the amount of green electricity and improving energy efficiency
      • Preparing business case and acquiring permits for solar panels
      • Installing & commissioning solar panels capacities
      • Looking for energy suppliers able to ensure Green Electricity
      • Confirming green energy consumption with Guarantees of Origin (GOs)
      • Switch to LED lightning
      • Pumps variable speed drive (inverters) and/or automatic pumps flow regulation
      • Smart lightning at night at the terminals/Cut off light at night where possible
      • Inductive filter data (e-power system)

 

  • Steam consumption: looking for a more sustainable steam source
Alkion Energy Policy 2021

Alkion Energy Policy 2020


Alkion CO2 Certificate

For more information visit: https://www.sgs.com/en/certified-clients-and-products

For more information on CO2 Performance Ladder please visit: https://www.co2-prestatieladder.nl/nl

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