As a global provider of fertilizers and specialty chemicals, the raw materials for which originate in the earth, ICL believes it has a special responsibility to protect the environment. Therefore, it promotes a companywide organizational culture that values and encourages environmental awareness and environmentally responsible products and processes.
In all its activities, ICL strives to simultaneously pursue interrelated financial, environmental and social goals, while also balancing current needs with those of future generations. Management believes the continual fine-tuning of the Company's operations in order to achieve this balance is the key to its continued success over the long term.
Environmental efforts taken by ICL include:
- Initiating enforcement programs to verify compliance with the strictest environmental regulations
- Investing in processes for saving energy and natural resources
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through transition to clean diesel fuels
- Reducing the environmental impact of products throughout their lifecycle
- Increasing environmental transparency by appointing top-level management to manage and oversee environmental activities
Translating Environmental Concern into Action
ICL makes a substantial effort to integrate environmental quality with its business activities:
Reducing CO2 Emissions
In line with the Kyoto Protocol, ICL has initiated a far-reaching program aimed at a significant reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions. The program includes the conversion of all manufacturing facilities to natural gas; the installation of catalytic combustion units and BRUs, the replacement of SF6 (a greenhouse gas) with HFC in manufacturing production processes; and the reduction of the use of N2O.
Quantifying our Carbon Footprint
ICL's Energy Center of Excellence is currently engaged in a large-scale effort aimed at quantifying the carbon footprint of the Company's products. The information gathered during this process is being used to make all of ICL’s operations more efficient and competitive, and to expand its focus on the development of new “green” products.
Conservation of Resources
ICL has implemented a comprehensive, corporation-wide program to reduce its consumption of energy, water and raw materials. This program includes the treatment and recycling of effluents from the Company’s manufacturing activities and wastewater treatment centers and the development of alternative energy sources, such as solar (PV) plants. Corporate programs also target the reduction of waste through separation, recycling and re-use whenever possible.
Creating a Safe Workplace
ICL makes significant ongoing investments to improve the safety of the work environment and the quality and safety of its products. Key elements of ICL's safety culture include strict adherence to safety-at-work laws and comprehensive risk management programs. In addition, ICL’s segments carry out mandatory employee safety training programs that have earned them the highest level of international certifications.
Turning Buildings “Green”
As part of its policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ICL has adopted a policy of using environmentally-friendly construction in all building and renovation activities. Under this framework, ICL's IP segment recently completed the conversion of its Israel headquarters into a 'green' building, ICL’s DSW has constructed two buildings that comply to green standards, ICL’s Rotem has built a new “green” building, and ICL PP has built a new “green” logistics center.
Protecting Wildlife and Restoring Mine Sites
ICL believes in protecting wildlife and endangered species in the regions in which it operates. Currently, it is funding a multi-year project in cooperation with Israel’s Park and Nature Authority which has succeeded in increasing the number of eagles and other birds of prey in Israel’s Negev desert, and a program aimed at encouraging the return of the white ram to the Negev region. ICL also invests significantly to restore mining sites.