Our Green initiatives are aimed at reducing the environmental impact of our operations; developing and bringing to market new sustainable products, protecting the safety and health of our employees and those who use our products, and complying fully with environmental regulations and standards.
A few examples of our Green initiatives include:
- Creating sustainable products: we develop a variety of new products that contribute to the world’s long-term sustainability. Among others, we have launched new lines of sustainable flame retardants, mercury emission reduction solutions for coal-fired power stations, water purification and treatment products and systems, and a wide range of advanced and/or organic fertilizers.
- Implementing environmental criteria in our product development: We have implemented a ‘Sustainability Index’ to ensure that our products have a minimum negative and maximum positive environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle.
- Green building: All of our facility renovations and new constructions are now conducted according to green building principles. To date, we have constructed a number of green office buildings and facilities in Israel and Germany.
- Reducing our environmental footprint: The success of our environment-related projects has enabled us to achieve a significant reduction in emissions. Through 2008-2014, these efforts have reduced our sulfuric acid emissions by 43% and our nitrous oxide emissions by 84%.The organization's total particle emission was reduced by 99% between 2005 and 2014. Furthermore, we have adopted a policy to close any plant that fails to comply with regulatory requirements.
- Transition to clean energy: The conversion of 97% of our Israeli production facilities to natural gas has reduced our petroleum based fuel usage by 80% by 2015. In addition, during 2012, we finalized our plans for building a $320 million 245MW combined cycle cogeneration power plant that will be fueled by natural gas.
- By 2015, we reduced the total greenhouse gas emissions of our global plants by 40% as compared with 2008
- We have mapped the carbon footprint of approximately 60 of our leading products.
- As a result of our comprehensive reporting and efforts and of the significant reduction in ICL's emissions, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has awarded us the second best possible score, A-, for our 2016 report *.The 2016 score is the highest score achieved by any Israeli-based company, is among the top 25% scores of all the 2,400 global reporting companies, and is the second-best among all global fertilizer-producing companies. In 2014, ICL was also included in the CDP CPLI (Carbon Performance Leadership Index) - an exclusive list of global companies that have excelled in emission reduction and climate change mitigation. ICL is the only Israeli-based company that was included in the exclusive CPLI list so far.
- Responsible use of natural resources: All of our mining activities include restoration plans prepared in coordination with environmental authorities and organizations. As part of the process, we use advanced simulation tools in order to help us restore mines to their original topography. In March 2015, and in recognition of its extensive and innovative activity in the reclamation of Phosphate mines, ICL Rotem was awarded the 2nd Place in IFA’s 2015 Green Leaf Award contest. The Green Leaf award was established to promote and recognize extraordinary activity and innovation in the Sustainability fields, throughout the global fertilizers industry.
- Supporting biodiversity: In Israel, we finance a multi-year project to preserve vultures population in the Negev with the Nature and National Parks Protection Authority. In the UK, we collaborate with green organizations as part of our mining operations near the North York Moors National Park.
- Coordinating our environmental activities: Each of our segments’ Boards have appointed committees made up of directors and executive management to coordinate our environmental protection activities. Their activities include creating targets, establishing work plans and dealing with governmental bodies (e.g.: Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection).
- Centers of Excellence: Our cross-company Centers of Excellence coordinate our global efforts to manage our environmental risk, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, foster our recycling of materials and green building, and focus on creating next generation products that address environmental challenges.
* The CDP 2016 report includes 2015 data.