Like many companies in France, La Rochère glassworks is subject to environmental protection regulations that cover all activities on its production site.
Under these regulations, the company is required to perform an annual environmental audit that is then sent to the regulatory authorities.
In order to follow these procedures to the letter and to further advance its environmental approach, La Rochère became a member of the "Progrès Environnement Entreprises" association in 2006. This local business association enables members to benefit from advice and strategy as regards the industrial environment via the intervention of an environmental engineer.
Our new, recently-introduced industrial strategy takes full account of the environmental component of our production. Industrial changes embarked on in 2007 and confirmed in 2009, favour the adoption of electrical energy for glass fusion and withdrawal from fossil fuels, thus enabling us to make significant progress in this area.
La Rochère is subject to the carbon gas (CO2) emission quotas imposed by the Kyoto Protocol. In 2009, our emissions were 37% below the ceiling. In 2010, a further 25% drop in this quota in expected.
In addition, use of natural gas is optimized in an oxygen-gas furnace that offers a higher combustion yield.
A significant drop in water consumption was recorded in 2009 due to the installation of a closed circuit system in our new furnace. Our water consumption fell by 12%.
In addition, recovery of calories to heat offices and some workshops also enabled us to reduce our domestic fuel consumption.
This general fall in water consumption has been maintained in 2010.
Lastly, another industrial choice has been to stop using chemical methods for the polishing of glass. This decision has contributed not only to a reduction in water consumption, but also, and above all, a reduction in the risk of accidental water pollution. As a result, the company has zero industrial waste in water.
Some white glass waste is recycled in our own workshops. Other waste glass (472 tons in 2009) is systematically sorted and 85% enters the recycling chain.