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Brazil - Imerys RCC’s energy action plan

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Brazil - Imerys RCC’s energy action plan

Fuel oil is a heavy variable cost at Imerys RCC’s kaolin plant in Barcarena, Brazil. The team set up to reduce consumption focused on evaporators and driers, the most energy-intensive items.

Several solutions were identified: pre-heating slurry before it goes into the evaporators and driers; preheating air entering the main ventilator with heat from the burner; reducing the slurry’s water content by increasing the amount of solids in the filters and reducing dilution after filtration.

Since the project, a 2010 winner in our internal Sustainable Development challenge, was launched, the plant has significantly reduced its fuel oil consumption.

Since 2005, our Sustainable Development reporting perimeter includes all activities on which we have an operational control.

Sustainable Development 2011
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Strategy

Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy. Actions are guided by a three-year plan that sets goals for each of our areas of activity. The three-year plan also provides for gradual, continuous performance improvement.

Environmental focus

We work to reduce our environmental impact and use natural resources efficiently. We control our activities’ impact on the environment and set up management systems that allow us to improve our performance continuously.

Social Focus

Health and Safety, Human Resources, Ethic, and dialogue with our neighboring communities are among our main corporate social responsibility priorities.