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Environmental performance by our plants

Energy consumption

In addition to the jet fuel used for test flights, the energy used by Dassault Aviation now comes primarily from gas and electricity.

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The trend towards “clean” energies leads to reduced NOx emissions and almost total elimination of SO2 releases, except for those produced in flight.

Water consumption

The water used comes from public networks, groundwater pumping and runoff rainwater recovery. It is used in production, food services, restrooms and watering green areas.

Efforts made by the production plants, such as recycling industrial process water, optimizing the consumption of certain production processes or systematically checking networks for leaks, have considerably reduced our total consumption of water.

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Releases of volatile organic compounds (VOC)

Dassault Aviation plants release volatile organic compounds (VOC) from degreasing, surface cleaning and painting processes, in either channeled or diffuse fashion.

These emissions have been reduced by about 60% since 2000. Furthermore, the share of halogenated solvents has also been significantly reduced. Extensive work has been done to achieve this result:

  • Replacing the most environmentally-harmful solvents with less aggressive ones,
  • Installing biological cleaning fountains,
  • Replacing solvent-based structure protection paints with low-VOC water-based coatings, etc.

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Waste

Dassault Aviation’s operations generate non-hazardous waste that is largely recyclable (paper, cardboard, metals, etc.). Our industrial waste is handled by specialized waste treatment methods (oils, metallic hydroxide sludge, solvents, soiled packaging, etc.).

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The three main waste treatment methods used are:

  • Recycling of metals,
  • Waste-to-energy conversion,
  • Reclamation of non-metal matter.

The amount of waste produced each year depends greatly on production rates and industrial activity. To make use of this waste, Dassault Aviation has introduced sorting measures and raised reclamation and recycling objectives.

Reclamation or recycling today accounts for over 70% of our waste.

Waste storage zones have also been created to keep it confined and avoid all dissemination.

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Preventing accidental pollution

Releases of industrial wastewater come from surface treatment activities. To prevent the release of toxic metals into the environment, all production facilities concerned are equipped with detoxification or zero-discharge systems and regularly monitor their effluent.

Releases of industrial wastewater come from surface treatment activities. To prevent the release of toxic metals into the environment, all production facilities concerned are equipped with detoxification or zero-discharge systems and regularly monitor their effluent.

Historical pollution: In 2007, the Company installed a treatment unit for polluted water after discovering a historical pollution source. The equipment has since proved effective in terms of groundwater pollution management.

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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The Grenelle 2 Law requires all companies with over 500 employees to publish a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report by December 31, 2012.

This report highlights the improvements made to Dassault Aviation’s operations for several years now and which have significantly helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Examples include:

  • Stopping the shuttle flights between the facilities in Istres and Le Bourget,
  • Creating a chemical product distribution platform (reduction by more than 1,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year),
  • Implementing a materials distribution platform,
  • Replacing old boilers by more efficient and energy-saving equipment,
  • Insulation work on buildings,
  • Replacing old items of equipment running on R22 gas,
  • Purchasing electric cars to replace conventional cars.