VALLOUREC : Vallourec maintains its commitment to sustainable development

Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:32am EDT

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Vallourec maintains its commitment to sustainable development


*-72% accidents with lost time over the last 5 years
*12% increase in energy efficiency between 2008 and 2012
*50% of the steel used by the Group coming from recycled scrap metal
*A pro-active approach to measuring the Group's water footprint
*EUR6 million devoted to local communities in Brazil


Boulogne-Billancourt, 28 March 2013 - With France's Sustainable Development Week taking place from
April 1 to April 7, Vallourec reports on its commitment to this cause. 
 In 2011, Vallourec published a new Sustainable Development Charter that sets the Group's
sustainable development targets, defines areas for improvement, and reinforces communication with
its stakeholders. Designed for the Company's external partners as well as its employees, the
Charter is in line with proposals made by the French Round Table on the Environment (le Grenelle
de l'Environnement) and new regulations.  

The new Charter and its performance indicators


Vallourec's new Sustainable Development Charter is structured around three main areas: 

1Ensuring the sustainability of our business with competitive and innovative products. 
2Maintaining sustainable relations with our stakeholders.
3Protecting our environment and using our resources judiciously. 


It also integrates performance indicators and five key goals:

                                                                       COMMITMENTS                                                                                                                  INDICATORS                                             2012         2013      
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           RESULTS    OBJECTIVES  
 Ensure the safety and protect  the health of our employees; offer each employee good working conditions                                                  TRIR (Total Recordable Incidence Rate: number of accidents recorded per million hours worked)     7.6          6.5      
 Train and motivate our employees through skills development, recognition of  expertise, promotion of talents and career development                      Results of the "Opinion" survey (employee satisfaction rate)                                       -           62%      
 Satisfy our shareholders over the long term                                                                                                              Assessment by non-financial rating agencies                                                        B            B       
 Improve the energy efficiency of our facilities and reduce the carbon emissions from our production processes                                            kWh/metric ton processed                                                                          975          945      
 Respect our environment and protect biodiversity by preventing all forms of pollution, decreasing water consumption, recycling waste and reducing noise  Percentage of waste recycled                                                                      90 %        92 %      

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2012 Highlights 


*-72% accidents with lost time between 2008 and 2012


Keen to continuously and permanently improve safety within the Group, Vallourec extended in 2011
its ambitious safety improvement program for a further three years, based on four tools: steering
committees at every level to infuse the Group's safety culture, safety visits at work stations
(over 30,000 visits in 2012), permanent deployment of risk assessment tools and prevention
actions, as well as the implementation of Continuous Improvement Teams (over 300 in 2012).

In five years, the LTIR (Lost Time Injury Rate: number of accidents with lost time per million
hours worked) decreased by 72%. By the end of 2012, it was 2.60 and the TRIR (Total Recordable
Incidence Rate: number of accidents recorded per million hours worked) was at 7.6, surpassing the
Group's targets.


*12% increase in energy efficiency compared to 2008


In 2012, energy consumption by the total tonnage utilized was 654 kWh/metric ton for gas and 322
kWh/metric ton for electricity. Although these figures appear higher than those from 2008, the
benchmark year when the GreenHouse project was launched to reduce the Group's energy consumption,
they actually show a big improvement in energy efficiency, since the proportion of premium
products manufactured by Vallourec has grown significantly and these require more complicated and
energy-intensive heat treatment and finishing processes. By equivalent orders and volumes,
efficiency has improved by over 12% compared to 2008. 


Vallourec's plant in Düsseldorf-Rath (Germany) is a shining example of this increase in energy
efficiency. Thanks to the installation of new regenerative burners in its main furnace in 2012,
the plant has reduced its natural gas consumption by 30% and carbon dioxide emissions by 8,000
metric tons per year. 


*50% of the steel used by the Group comes from recycled scrap metal


In 2012, 50% of the steel used by the Group to produce its tubes, whether it was made internally
or bought from steel companies, came from recycled scrap metal, leading to an equivalent reduction
in the amount of iron ore extracted. This figure is as high as 65% if only the steel produced by
Vallourec's steel mills is taken into account. 


*measuring the Group's water footprintA pro-active approach to 

Water is essential in the industrial production process of Vallourec, which is why the Group pays
particular attention to the subject and has developed a pro-active approach to reducing the
quantities of water used. Over the past 10 years, the Group's water withdrawals have been reduced
by 40% per metric ton of tube produced. In 2012 Vallourec decided to do more by measuring the full
impact of its activity on local water resources, and by targeting more efficiently improvement
actions. Vallourec has turned to Veolia Water to implement a new measurement tool: the Water
Impact Index (WIIX) at 7 sites. This multi-criteria approach goes further than simply quantifying
the volumes of water used, i.e. quantities of water withdrawn and discharged. It also assesses the
level of stress on local water resources, and the overall quality of the water withdrawn and


*EUR6 million for local communities in Brazil


In Brazil, for historical, cultural and regulatory reasons, and due to its plant being located in
the heart of the urbanized district of Barreiro in Belo Horizonte, Vallourec has been providing
local communities, and especially the poor living in these communities, a long-standing structured
support program. Particular emphasis is placed on schooling and pathways towards employment,
encouraging and funding individual economic activity, and participating in various cultural and
sporting events. In 2012, EUR6 million were devoted to these projects.





Vallourec is a world leader in premium tubular solutions primarily serving the energy markets, as
well as other industrial applications. 


With over 23,000 employees, integrated manufacturing facilities, advanced R&D, and presence in
more than 20 countries, Vallourec offers its customers innovative global solutions to meet the
growing energy challenges of the 21st century.


Listed on NYSE Euronext in Paris (ISIN code: FR0000120354, Ticker VK) and eligible for the
Deferred Settlement System, Vallourec is included in the following indices: MSCI World Index,
Euronext 100 and CAC 40.


In the United States, Vallourec has a sponsored Level 1 American Depository Receipt (ADR) program
(ISIN code: US92023R2094, Ticker: VLOWY). The ratio of Vallourec ADR to ordinary shares is 5:1. 





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