ICL invests hundreds of millions of dollars in environmental quality. It is in compliance, and goes beyond compliance, with the standards set by the authorities.
ICL plants are fueled mainly by natural gas, a fuel that is cleaner and that has a low environmental impact. Most ICL production plants at Sdom and some production plants at Mishor Rotem have been converted to natural gas. Conversion of plants in Israel will be completed in 2012.
All renovations and construction in ICL buildings are according to green building principles. To date, a number of green buildings have been renovated and built in Israel and in 2011, construction of the green logistics center in Germany is expected to be completed.
Significant reduction of the ICL environmental footprint
ICL invests heavily to reduce emissions from its plants. The company has adopted a clear policy by which any plant that fails to comply with regulatory requirements will be closed down.
Over the years, the Company has achieved a significant reduction in emissions. For example, compared to 2005, sulfuric acid emissions were reduced by 53%, nitrous oxide emissions by 77% and particles by 99%.
Reduction of greenhouse gases
By 2010, ICL plants in Israel had reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 37% compared to 2008. Two projects have been approved to reduce greenhouse gases under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
The carbon footprint of more than 30 ICL products has been mapped.
ICL reported its greenhouse gas balance to the Carbon Disclosure Project, on a high level of transparency that achieved a score of 90. Accordingly, ICL has been included in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. ICL is listed in seventh place among the leading chemical companies worldwide.
A public report on greenhouse gases was submitted according to the voluntary reporting mechanism in Israel.
Natural Resource management
Responsible use of natural resources
All mining plans include restoration plans that are prepared in coordination with environmental authorities and organizations. Sites are restored during mining, using advanced simulation software to restore the original topography.
Support for preservation of biodiversity in all Company operations
The Company leads initiatives for environmental preservation, such as: financing of a multi-year project to preserve birds of prey in the Negev, together with the Nature and National Parks Protection Authority; preservation and restoration of wadis and riverbeds; and collaboration with green organizations in the UK as part of mining operations near the North York Moors national park.