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At Nufarm we are committed to protecting the environment. Where our manufacturing sites
are located close to residential areas, we partner with the local communities to ensure any
potential amenity impacts are eliminated. Where sites are located near areas of environmental
value, we put rigorous controls in place to prevent adverse incidents. In supporting our
environmental activities we have spent $8.2 million this year, an increase of $1.4 million since
last year. These funds were invested in environmental projects ($5.2 million), expenses associated
with compliance, monitoring and environmental management ($2.5 million), and site rehabilitation
We have ISO14001 certification at
our Wyke, United Kingdom, and
Gaillon, France, sites. Our other sites
operate equivalent environmental
management systems. This year, to
further embed the values of our HSE
policy, we developed a new HSE
standard with environmental policies
concentrating on key sustainability
issues such as energy, climate change
and conservation of resources. We
will be launching this standard at all
of our sites in the next financial year.
2016 has been a year of change for
Nufarm, with the completion of our
manufacturing rationalisation program
and the closure and decommissioning
of four sites. This has now been
completed and in the near future we
will be able to establish new baselines
against which future environmental
improvements can be measured.
The following summarises the 2016
environmental performance at our
significant places of operation.
In 2016, total energy consumed at
Nufarm manufacturing locations was
1,079 terajoules (TJ). This includes all
sources of energy – gas, electricity,
steam and small quantities of fuel.
The 11 per cent change in energy
use this year is largely a result of
the standardisation of energy reporting
boundaries across our sites.
Steam is an essential part of the
manufacturing process at Nufarm,
used for heating raw materials and
production vessels; the majority of
Nufarm’s energy use is either steam or
gas used in steam-generating boilers.
Our phenoxy synthesis activities are
our most energy-intensive operations,
making up almost 80 per cent of our
total energy consumption.
We have energy-saving initiatives
underway across our business. Many
of our sites are progressively upgrading
their lighting, and we have a significant
project planned for 2017, which is the
replacement of the boiler at our plant
in Gaillon, France. This will reduce
the site’s energy consumption by
eight per cent.
This year, five per cent of Nufarm’s
energy came from renewable sources,
as made available in the electricity grids.
We use water in all of our production
processes for cooling and cleaning and
as a component of our products. The
significant increase in water use this
year is due to changes in our water use
reporting, as we have included water
that we use for cooling and recycle
back, clean to its source. This year
we consumed 5,600 megalitres (ML) of
water and discharged a similar amount.
Strict quality controls and product
mix have a strong influence on our
ability to recycle water; however,
where possible we collect wash
water for reuse in production.
Figure 1: Energy consumption and intensity
1. Energy is presented in terajoules and energy intensity is calculated as total
energy from all sources, including purchased steam in gigajoules per tonne
or kilolitre of production.
2. United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) conversion factors have
3. 2014 represents seven months only to allow the alignment of the annual
sustainability report with the annual financial report, as sustainability data was
previously reported on a calendar year basis.
NUFARM SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2016
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