Spanish petroleum and storage company CLH Group says that it has invested more than €40 million in environmental projects in the past three years.
The projects were all designed to improve environmental protection and reduce CLH’s environmental impact, and the investments are part of its sustainability strategy, which aims to see the group reduce its CO2 emissions by 50% by 2025 and become carbon neutral by 2050, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. As a result of its environmental measures, CLH has been able to renew its ISO 14001 environmental certification.
The investments have included replacing lighting at its sites with low-energy LED lighting and replacing the diesel pumps at its Loeches site with electric pumps. CLH is looking at replacing pumps at other sites. It has recently signed a ten-year renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA), and partnered with the Spanish Oil Operators’ Association (AOP) to promote the development of low-carbon liquid fuels, as well as being involved in projects promoting the use of hydrogen, such as the collaboration with Plug Power, and recycling plastic waste into fuel. CLH also promotes the use of low-emission and hybrid vehicles in its fleets and recently commissioned a new tanker with reduced SOx and NOx emissions.
Other initiatives include the use of drag reducing agent (DRA) in pipelines and developing algorithms for pipeline dosing, ensuring pipeline pumping stations work at maximum efficiency. It is also working to make its boilers less polluting.
CLH says that it regularly audits its environmental management system, under which it performs regular and systematic environmental assessments. It calculates its carbon footprint every year to identify areas to reduce emissions and measure the efficiency of new projects. It has a biodiversity protection policy and carries out monitoring of its pipelines in cooperation with GREFA (Rehabilitation Group for Native Fauna) to ensure that the pipelines do not affect local flora and fauna. It also carries out biodiversity studies around its facilities, which have so far found ‘virtually no impact’.