BELIEVING IN THE NEED TO PRESERVE NATURE MEANS CREATING STRATEGIES FOR BECOMING INCREASINGLY RESPONSIBLE TOWARD THE ENVIRONMENT

WASTE REDUCTION

DAK Americas has reduced the volume of regular waste sent to sanitary landfills by 90%.

In 2014, three DAK Americas plants (Zárate, Cosoleacaque and Pearl River) made substantial progress in achieving their goal of zero regular waste sent to sanitary landfills by 2015. The Cedar Creek, Cooper River and Columbia plants have already reached that goal. The materials and waste generated by this company are now recycled, composted or converted into energy. For example, in 2014, 3,175 metric tons of bio-sludge generated by the Cedar Creek wastewater treatment system were composted. Currently, 23 ALFA plants operate waste reduction programs.

SOME ACHIEVEMENTS

EMISSIONS

From 2006-2014, ALFA’s total production in million tons of product, grew 81%, but the ratio of total CO2 emissions per tonne produced decreased 44%.

ENERGY

Sigma placed 8,327 high-efficiency energy consumption refrigerators in convenience stores, which consume 47% less energy than conventional refrigerators.

WATER

In 2014, ALFA decreased water consumption by 9%. Petrotemex did particularly well, reducing its consumption by 1.8 million m3 through a system for recovering and reusing water processed at the treatment plant. This saving is equivalent to the consumption of 3,100 homes for a year in Mexico.

key figures

2013 2014
> Investment (U.S. $ million)2341
> Energy consumption (GJ)34.15 x 106 32.2 x 106
> Energy produced from natural gas90%91%
> CO2 emissions (metric tons)2,205,2062,163,963
> Water consumption (millions of m3)119108
> Wastewater treatment plants 4044
> Recycled aluminum (metric tons)299,729337,907
> Recycled PET (metric tons) 49,000 48,567