Pollution and waste management

Measures taken to prevent discharge into the air, water and soil

Of the twenty-seven operating sites of the DELTA PLUS GROUP in 2017, eight carry out production activities and five are dedicated to logistics platforms. The production activities consist mainly of assembling raw materials; few transformations are carried out on the sites. We actively ensure that our impact on the environment is negligible, minimized and controlled. Our plants do not discharge any material caused by their production activity directly into the water or soil.
On the other sites of the DELTA PLUS GROUP, our subsidiaries’ sole business is the distribution of products. No direct discharge into the water or soil is caused by their distribution activities. In the context of the ISO 14 001 approach, a plan for the evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions in the French companies established at the DELTA PLUS GROUP’s head office is underway. No evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions was conducted in 2017.
Overall, all of our sites extend every effort to limit discharges into the air from their activities, and, at the very least, optimize maritime and road transport of our merchandise, whether between our various production/platform/distribution sites or vis-à-vis our customers.
For more than 20 years, we have used full containers as modes of delivery to our customers.

 

TRANSPORT

Number of km travelled

 In 2016

 In 2017

 

69,000,000 km

77,500,000 km

 

 

increase: +12 %

Maritime and road transport (in %)

 

In 2016

In 2017 

 

Ship: 86 %

Ship: 92 %

 

Route: 14 %

Road: 8 %

 

We see a decrease in the road transport of our merchandise between 2016 and 2017, which is mainly due to the significant decline in sales realized by the Group in the Middle East, an area where customers generally get delivery by road transport.
We may point out that the logistics platform in APT is a Facility classified for Environmental Protection pursuant to French law – a classification authorized by a prefectural order based on an environmental impact study.
This order requires that we take preventive measures in the design and operation of our warehouse, in particular by establishing an Operating Plan to be activated in the event of a major incident. The major risks identified are the risks of fire in the warehouse (subject to the regulations for warehouses with more than 50,000 cubic metres of inflammable materials) and explosion in the premises used for charging electrical trolleys, in which batteries may release extensive concentrations of highly explosive hydrogen. The ancillary risks identified are the risk of soil and river pollution by water contaminated after a fire/explosion, and the risk of water pollution by hydrocarbons of parking areas. To prevent flooding, our facility also has a rainwater retention reservoir. Like any classified facility, our warehouse is also subject to regular inspections by the Regional Department for Environment, Development and Housing (known in France as D.R.E.A.L.), which is responsible for inspecting classified facilities and has police power in that regard. Three times a year, we inspect the platform internally to verify the safety of the site based on this order, and we carry out the maintenance and repairs defined by the environmental protection regulations applicable to classified facilities, and by the labour regulations.

 

Land use

The great majority of our subsidiaries are located in industrial and commercial areas. Others are in free zones, even in cities (with respect to distribution subsidiaries that only have offices).
The DELTA PLUS GROUP does not own the real estate complexes in which its subsidiaries are established.

 

Measures for waste prevention and management

All of the employees working in the DELTA PLUS GROUP’s manufacturing plants, which  consist of eight production sites, are made thoroughly aware of the need to limit the production of waste.
In the other subsidiaries, the main raw material that is used is cardboard on logistics platforms, and paper in the distribution subsidiaries. The employees are made thoroughly aware of the need to limit paper printing and to recycle cardboard cartons and paper, which they do automatically.
Selective sorting of office paper and both-side printing by default on copiers, have been implemented for many years at the DELTA PLUS head office. New copiers and printers, available since January of 2018, and the procedures related thereto, improve our environmental practices during printing.
All of the refuse containers at the DELTA PLUS head office are treated by companies engaged in the sorting and recycling business, in compliance with the applicable environmental rules.
The commitments made by the DELTA PLUS GROUP that favour circular economy are threefold:
  • Eco-friendly design of products, with respect to which the DELTA PLUS GROUP endeavours to effectively use the results of its research and development to create products that are increasingly resistant and reliable for better longevity.
  • Recycling and recovery of production waste, via the collection and reuse of raw materials during the manufacturing process, and their recycling. The DELTA PLUS GROUP has also minimized the production of waste via its packaging strategy during its rebranding campaign in order to minimize the scrapping of paper/carton/ plastic packaging of products.
  • A responsible purchasing policy through the selection of suppliers committed in that regard.
Considering the nature of its business, which is unrelated to the food sector, the DELTA PLUS GROUP does not take any specific measures to reduce food waste.
 

 

The taking into account of any other form of pollution

None of the DELTA PLUS GROUP’s companies can be considered to have a significant negative impact on the environment through the emission of noise or other forms of pollution. Employees who work in the manufacturing plants and are exposed to noise have individual protective equipment to prevent any harmful effects on their hearing.