ALFA has the goal of steadily reducing the impact of its operations on nature. This is reflected in investments and initiatives for the implementation of best operating practices, the optimization of resources used in its processes, including water management, emission reduction, recycling programs and responsible waste management, the use of greener packaging, as well as cleaner transportation schemes for our products and services.

ALFA continuously monitors its processes and executes regular performance audits (both internal and external), in order to comply with all the environmental standards in place in the countries where it operates. In 2016, none of its companies were fined for process pollution issues.

In addition, ALFA recognizes its responsibility to combat climate change. To this end, its companies have taken measures to detect possible risks that may arise in their activities. The companies are developing technologies and processes to ensure our full compliance with changing regulations.

WIND ENERGY

Sigma signed an agreement to receive clean energy from the Tres Mesas Wind Farm in Tamaulipas, Mexico, starting in 2017. This will supply clean, wind-generated energy for of Sigma’s plants in this country.

WATER MANAGEMENT

The Alpek Polyester Wastewater Treatment Plant Water Recovery Project not only improves the quality of process effluents before discharge, but algo eliminated the consumption of 1.76 million m3 per year. This is equivalent to the consumption of 58,700 families in the same period.

REFORESTATION

Through three joint events, over 800 people, including Sigma employees, family and friends reforested six hectares in the Nevado de Toluca, La Primavera and La Huasteca parks in Mexico.

CLEAN ENERGY

Bearing in mind the importance of this input for its operations, in 2007 ALFA created the Energy Department, responsible for ensuring a sufficient and reliable supply, optimizing its consumption and reducing CO2 emissions. In 2016, 92% of the energy consumed by ALFA was generated from natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel today.

In 2016, ALPEK began the construction of a cogeneration plant in Tamaulipas, with a capacity of 350,000 MW, which is expected to start operating in 2018. This plant follows the one built previously in Veracruz, which has generated 97,000 MW and prevented the emission of 100,000 t/CO2 per year since it was commissioned in 2015. Another example is the Sigma dairy plant in the Dominican Republic, which started up a project to generate steam energy using biomass sources, reducing its consumption of fossil fuels.

In the past five years, 53 energy efficiency projects have been implemented.

WATER MANAGEMENT

The safe, sufficient supply of water is an issue of greater importance for ALFA’s operations, particularly in recent years, as a key and increasingly scarce resource in some regions.

In 2014, the ALFA Water Commission was created and given the task of bringing about a more efficient management of the vital liquid in all its facilities. The investments made so far have been used both to optimize the use of water and to improve the quality of discharged wastewater.

Also, for the second year in a row, The Water Commission organized the Water Day, an event in which internal and external speakers presented their opinions about operative and regulatory topics and projects regarding a better water management. Currently ALFA operates 49 water treatment plants.

RECYCLING

Recycling has been one of ALFA’s initiatives to improve its environmental performance, given its benefits in terms of cleaner spaces, energy and water savings, and the elimination of emissions. ALFA is the main consumer of recycled aluminum in Mexico and a major recycler of PET packaging in the U.S. All its companies have recycling programs, ranging from trash separators and batteries, to collection of wood, steel, cardboard, and other materials.

In 2016, Nemak used 646,618 metric tons of recycled aluminum in its processes, which represents 74% of its total consumption. Alpek operates two PET container recycling plants, one in North Carolina, and the other in Argentina, which together processed 69,380 metric tons last year resulting in energy savings and reduced emissions.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

Another of ALFA’s important environmental care initiatives, is the management of waste produced by its operations. A significant percentage of waste is managed through recycling programs, an effort that is complemented by ongoing waste reduction and responsible management programs. One example is DAK Americas’ Zero Waste to landfill program, which in 2016 met its goal of generating zero waste in all its plants, a project it has been working on since 2009.

BIODIVERSITY

Some of ALFA’s operations are contiguous or close to natural areas. In these areas, plants cooperate with the authorities in caring for and preserving of the habitats of existing flora and fauna. They also support and carry out reforestation campaigns to help build a culture of environmental awareness and protection in neighboring communities. ALFA’s operations do not affect any endangered species.

ALFA companies located in the south of Tamaulipas participate in the annual ritual of releasing sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico, where hundreds of employees, family and community members lend a hand.