Orano takes action to reduce the environmental footprint left by its operations. This is particularly the case in terms of energy and reduction of CO2 emissions.
The fight against climate change is one of Orano's priorities, to which it contributes by enabling low-carbon electricity production through nuclear power. To attain the objectives set out by the COP21, the Group has, for 14 years, been implementing a programme to reduce its environmental footprint through uncompromising control of its CO2 emissions.
Implemented at all of Orano’s industrial sites, it is aimed at reducing, by 2020, greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption and conventional waste.
Two years ahead of target, Orano has reduced its energy consumption by 80% and its CO2 emissions by 50%.
From 2004 to 2016, this Climate strategy has enabled us to reduce our CO2 emissions by 43%:
With global electricity demand set to double by 2050, Orano is committed to meeting the daily energy challenge by producing low-carbon electricity.
Monitoring the impact of activities on the natural environment Every day, dozens of analyses and samples are taken from the environment to verify that our activities have no impact on health. This monitoring of water, groundwater, air, soil, flora and agricultural production is carried out at all the Group's sites in France and abroad.
The analyses carried out in 2017 show that radioactivity from operations is 100 times lower than natural radioactivity in France.
Detailed monitoring plans
The sampling points, control frequencies and analysis methods are established with the approval of the Regional Directorate for Industry and Research and the Environment (DRIRE).
The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), an independent administrative authority acting on behalf of the State, also ensures that environmental aspects are taken into account, in addition to radiation protection for workers, technical compliance of installations, activities and compliance with regulations.
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Effectively controlling liquid and gaseous, radioactive and conventional effluents is part of our commitment to environmental protection.
Before being released into the atmosphere, radioactive gaseous effluents undergo numerous controls thanks to filters and alarms. Each measurement shows that their level is below the public exposure limits.
The radioactive liquid effluents produced are monitored and treated as a matter of standard practice.
Coming from wastewater and black water (sanitary) networks, they are treated and controlled by wastewater treatment plants. To date, no contamination has been found.
At all its mining sites, Orano Group is recognized as a player that respects the environment. The Group applies the principles of responsible mining defined in its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy, in line with those of the ICMM (International Council on Mining & Metals).
See our site CSR Mines
Orano: certified ISO 14001
The ISO 14001 standard defines the requirements applicable to an EMS (Environmental Management System) with a view toward certification. It is based on the principle of continuing improvement in environmental performance by controlling the impacts resulting from the company's operations.
Orano Group is audited by AFAQ-AFNOR every year. L’Assurance Française pour la Qualité is a body external to the company that certifies the environmental compliance of management systems.
To foster relations with each of its audiences and institutions, Orano is part of a multi-faceted information system:
Nuclear power is the third largest industrial sector in France. It relies on 2,500 companies in the territories and generates 220,000 non-offshorable jobs. Each year, it hires up to 8,000 people.
For 2018, Orano has kicked off a large-scale recruitment campaign and has 800 jobs on offer, in permanent or fixed-term position.
The Group places the utmost importance on unfailing attention to nuclear safety, safety and health in the workplace, and expects each of its employees to do the same daily.
In 2017, three complementary and key policies on nuclear safety control and radiation protection were instituted:
As regards safety at work, the lost time accident frequency rate in 2017 was 2.4% across the Group, ten times lower than the rate in French industry.
Since 2008, no exposure levels greater than 18 mSv have been recorded (the limit per year under French regulations is 20 mSv).
The safety of our facilities and the security of our employees are an absolute priority that demand us to be of unwavering stringency. Prevention is placed at the heart of our operations through a variety of mechanisms and training sessions: regular safety and crisis drills, ongoing inspections of the work environment, continuous medical surveillance, prevention and diagnosis of pathological risks, and daily checks on employee dosimetry.
Under its far-reaching and constantly-developing contractual policy, Orano has signed agreements on professional equality, the development of Quality of Life at Work, the integration of people with disabilities, and a Generation contract.
Collective intelligence is one of Orano's pillars. It has been made central to our organisation, as a means of fostering relationships of the highest standard, on par with our business, all the while ensuring a caring environment for our employees. It makes it possible for everyone to progress in their position and build a consistent professional pathway in a wide range of professions, production, engineering, service and support. It promotes training and the development of new skills, in an excellence-based approach. From the right to log off to tele-commuting, flexible working hours, services and employee benefits, every aspect has been addressed to foster the best work-life balance, in which individuals are able to give the best of themselves, in an environment that enables them to thrive.
In March 2003, Orano signed the Global Compact, which brings together volunteer companies, United Nations agencies, the working world and civil society around ten universal principles. Since 2006, Orano has marked its commitment by adhering to the Diversity Charter, which encourages recruitment to be open to all profiles and pluralism in career management.
The agreement on the employment of people with disabilities covering the period 2018-2020 was signed on 14 May 2018 by all five trade union organizations. In 2017, the group employed 528 disabled people on permanent contracts.
Orano Group is convinced that diversity is a performance factor, a source of innovation, that diversity enriches exchanges, confronts skills and nourishes reflections.
THE DIVERSITY LABEL, RECOGNIZING THE HR APPROACH
First Group awarded the AFNOR Diversity label, on 5 March 2010, for all its entities in France
OHSAS 18001 CERTIFICATION
This is an international standard defining the requirements placed on Employee Health and Safety Management Systems, with a view toward certification.
ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION
ISO 9001 certifies the Quality Management System.
ISO 14001 ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
This international reference designates environmental management standards.