Vallourec awards Veolia Water the contract to audit the water footprint of its biggest production facilities

Jan 21, 2013

To assess and compare the water footprint of seven of its biggest production plants worldwide, Vallourec has turned to Veolia Water’s new measurement and decision-making assistance tool: the Water Impact Index (WIIX).

Water is essential in the industrial production process of Vallourec, which is why the company (the world leader in premium tubular solutions for the oil and gas industry) pays constant attention to reducing the amounts used. In the space of 10 years, Vallourec has reduced its water withdrawals by 40% per metric ton of tube produced.

Vallourec now intends to do more than simply measure how much water it extracts and wants to know the full impact of its water use on the natural environment. “We want to go beyond the usual approach based on knowing the amounts of water taken from the environment or from distribution networks, and instead learn what impact each of our industrial sites has on local water resources. We have the twofold objective of ranking our targets and action plans for water resource management, and of having on hand an educational tool to explain those targets and plans both internally and externally,” says Jean-Louis Merveille, head of sustainability for Vallourec.

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