When planning new sites, we use standardised processes to examine the impact on the environment. At our new acetylene plant in Immingham in the UK, which opened in 2015, we worked together from the beginning with a governmental environmental protection organisation, to ensure that nature was protected as much as possible during the construction work as well as during the subsequent operation of the plant. In our efforts to protect ecosystems, we also follow internationally recognised guidelines, such as the Voluntary Guidelines on Biodiversity-Inclusive Impact Assessment issued by the United Nations. Our evaluation considers ecologically sensitive areas, bodies of water and the impact on plants and animals. Most of our sites are located in industrial zones or business parks. If these sites are directly adjacent to protected areas or other sensitive habitats, we seek to minimise any potential adverse impact we might have on such areas, for example by implementing noise-reduction measures.
In 2015, we conducted a review of more than 600 of our production sites. The aim of the review was to establish whether any of these sites were located in the vicinity of international protected areas. None of the sites investigated lay within or in the vicinity of a particularly sensitive protected area as defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.