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Environment

Inevitably, industrial production affects the environment. In Terma, we focus on actively reducing our impact in this regard.

Aspirational goal

To ensure a sustainable production line and daily business operations by optimizing the use of natural resources.

We take pride in constantly improving our environmental impact.

IMPLEMENTED ACTIVITIES

ENERGY OPTIMIZATION

Objective
To obtain a significant reduction in the company’s consumption of idle energy. Idle energy is the energy that is used for energy-consuming equipment such as lamps, computers, machines, heating- and refrigeration equipment etc. at the time, where there is not a specific need for the above-mentioned equipment to be operational.

Background
Published studies have shown that through a change of the employees’ behavior in a company, the energy consumption (excl. process energy) can be reduced by app. 10% following a noticeable reduction of the idle energy.

Activity
An information campaign for the employees was planned and launched in 2014. The campaign focused on how the idle energy can be reduced by a more conscious and appropriate use of the equipment, including turning off the equipment that is not in use. The information campaign has been followed up locally by metering the energy consumption in order to illustrate the effect.

Measuring
The company’s process energy and additional energy consumption is currently being metered and calculated jointly. Therefore, it is not possible to lay down objective target figures for the expected or achieved reduction of the use of idle energy, but the employees’ changed behavior regarding the consumption of energy will be observed and described. During 2014 the company’s net electrical energy was reduced by more than 300,000 kWh despite the fact that the overall activity level and turn-over increased during that year.

SUBSTITUTION OF HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS

Objective
To replace hazardous chemicals with less hazardous chemicals/materials; either by reducing the use of a hazardous substance or by completely eliminating it from the production through sub-stitution or change of process.

Our goal is to substitute 1-3 problematic chemicals/processes with less hazardous ones per year on average.

Background
Producing aircraft parts and defense hardware requires strong, proven materials that meet our standards for quality. This has often resulted in the use of chemicals/materials problematic for humans and environment in the manufacturing process.

Developments in recent years have opened up for opportunities to use more environmentally friendly and less hazardous chemicals/materials. Furthermore EU has sharpened regulations concerning the use of hazardous substances and laid down ban on several of the particularly harmful.

Activity
The safety organization of Terma Aerostructures A/S designate chemicals/materials ideal for substitution based on dangerousness and quantity used or authorities legislation. The engineering organization performs the actual substitutions, which include the following steps:

1. Search for new chemicals/materials and/or methods.
2. Approval of possible new chemical/process from safety organization
3. Quality testing according to internal/customer’s specifications.
4. Customer acceptance.
5. Implementing the new chemicals/materials /methods.

Measuring
Within 2014-15 we have succeeded in completely removing two very hazardous chemicals from our production line:

Chemical Was used for Hazard classification
Trichloroethylene    Degreasing media                  Toxic, carciogenic, slightly ozone depleting
Diotyl phthalate Chemical in clear lacquer May impair fertility
May harm the unborn child

 

Furthermore we have started to register all hazardous chemicals used plus their ingredients and quantities in a new database in order to obtain overview of chemicals of high concern.

WAY AHEAD 2015-17

In order to reach our Aspirational Goal on environmental CSR activities, we continue to focus on two areas: Energy Optimization and Substitution of Hazardous Chemicals.

ENERGY OPTIMIZATION

Objective
Our objective is to constantly minimize the energy consumption mainly consisting of electricity, water, and heating to reduce our CO2 emission. In future, focus will be on our electricity consumption mainly for neon tube lighting which is high-consuming compared to more modern alternatives. Furthermore, focus will be on optimization of the operating time of technical facilities with ongoing improvements and adjustments of our building management systems.

Background
The development of LED sockets has now reached a level of quality and pricing enabling such sockets as compared to traditional lighting.

It is possible to reduce energy consumption by installing operational equipment into those of our building management systems which do not have such equipment today.

Activity
When choosing equipment or installations – both new and replacements – the most energy saving equipment and installations will be prioritized and new installations will be equipped with optimized working time control.

In new constructions and modernization of buildings, the most energy saving materials – glass type etc. – will be highly prioritized.

Measuring
Our energy consumption in the production process is not measured separately but included in the total energy consumption. Therefore, it is not possible to measure actual reductions in the consumption due to the above cost reduction initiatives. Reduction calculation is therefore only theoretical. The reduction is calculated based on our sales of CO2  quota.

SUBSTITUTION OF HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS

Objective
Main focus in 2015-17 is substituting certain chromates in the surface treatment department.

Background
Hexavalent chromates are known to be highly anti-corrosive to metals but also very dangerous to the environment and health. The EU chemical legislation REACH has already appointed some of our current used chromates on the authorization list. This list shows chemicals with a future ban from a specific date (sunset date) if an authorization has not been granted for a specific use.

Activity
In 2015 we will start the substitution process for 2 types of chromates in the surface treatment baths. The process includes search for new chemicals under supervision by customers, approval of new chemicals by the safety organization and customers plus the actual implementation of the new chemical/ process. 

Measuring
Our surface treatment baths will not contain certain chromates after their sunset date in 2017.

Contact

Justine Wicikowski Graff
Compliance Officer
T: +45 4594 5599
E: jwg@terma.com

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