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Orano is an international industrial Group governed by values and principles, the foundations of which are safety & security, respect for the environment and transparency, collective intelligence, local economic development and integration into the territories.
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Orano in the environment

Orano takes action to reduce the environmental footprint left by its operations. This is particularly the case in terms of energy and reduction of CO2 emissions.

Reducing CO2 emissions

The fight against climate change is one of Orano's priorities, to which it contributes by enabling low-carbon electricity production through nuclear power. To attain the objectives set out by the COP21, the Group has, for 14 years, been implementing a programme to reduce its environmental footprint through uncompromising control of its CO2 emissions.

Implemented at all of Orano’s industrial sites, it is aimed at reducing, by 2020, greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption and conventional waste.

Two years ahead of target, Orano has reduced its energy consumption by 80% and its CO2 emissions by 50%.

From 2004 to 2016, this Climate strategy has enabled us to reduce our CO2 emissions by 43%:

  • 25% per tonne of uranium in mining activities thanks to new industrial processes.
  • 80% in greenhouse gas emissions at the Malvési site dedicated to uranium conversion, thanks to the commissioning of its new Comurhex II plant, the most modern in the world.
  • 96% in electricity consumption thanks to a new enrichment technology at the Tricastin site.
  • 85% in greenhouse gas production thanks to the modification of fluorine production facilities and the commissioning of the new Comurhex II plant.
  • 42% in CO2 emissions at the La Hague plant dedicated used fuel recycling, thanks to the preference for electricity over heavy fuel oil for the production of vapours for the site's needs.

With global electricity demand set to double by 2050, Orano is committed to meeting the daily energy challenge by producing low-carbon electricity.

Monitoring the environment

Monitoring the impact of activities on the natural environment Every day, dozens of analyses and samples are taken from the environment to verify that our activities have no impact on health. This monitoring of water, groundwater, air, soil, flora and agricultural production is carried out at all the Group's sites in France and abroad.

The analyses carried out in 2017 show that radioactivity from operations is 100 times lower than natural radioactivity in France.
  • Atmospheric monitoring is carried out at regulatory stations located in the municipalities surrounding the sites, and from weather stations connected to the Météo France network. It incorporates the action of dominant winds.
  • Radioactivity monitoring in the terrestrial environment is carried out by analyzing plant samples and agricultural production.
  • Groundwater monitoring is carried out using piezometers, which make it possible to take samples and measure water quality.
  • Monitoring of the aquatic environment and river system (sea and river; rainwater, irrigation and pumping water). It consists of inspections of the seawater, aquatic fauna and flora, and sediments such as sand. It also takes into account the action of currents.

Detailed monitoring plans

The sampling points, control frequencies and analysis methods are established with the approval of the Regional Directorate for Industry and Research and the Environment (DRIRE).

The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), an independent administrative authority acting on behalf of the State, also ensures that environmental aspects are taken into account, in addition to radiation protection for workers, technical compliance of installations, activities and compliance with regulations.

Number of samples21,000
Number of analyses48,00023,00020,00031,200

Controlling radioactive releases

Effectively controlling liquid and gaseous, radioactive and conventional effluents is part of our commitment to environmental protection.

Gas effluents

Before being released into the atmosphere, radioactive gaseous effluents undergo numerous controls thanks to filters and alarms. Each measurement shows that their level is below the public exposure limits.

Liquid effluents

The radioactive liquid effluents produced are monitored and treated as a matter of standard practice.

Coming from wastewater and black water (sanitary) networks, they are treated and controlled by wastewater treatment plants. To date, no contamination has been found.

Controlling the impact of mining activities

At all its mining sites, Orano Group is recognized as a player that respects the environment. The Group applies the principles of responsible mining defined in its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy, in line with those of the ICMM (International Council on Mining & Metals).

  • CSR Mines - Environment and biodiversity

Orano: certified ISO 14001

The ISO 14001 standard defines the requirements applicable to an EMS (Environmental Management System) with a view toward certification. It is based on the principle of continuing improvement in environmental performance by controlling the impacts resulting from the company's operations.

Orano Group is audited by AFAQ-AFNOR every year. L’Assurance Française pour la Qualité is a body external to the company that certifies the environmental compliance of management systems.


Orano in the regions

In every country where it operates and develops its activities, Orano fosters local economic development, all the while promoting a policy of dialogue and openness.

Exchange and dialogue with all audiences

To foster relations with each of its audiences and institutions, Orano is part of a multi-faceted information system:

  • In accordance with the provisions of Article L. 125-15 of the French Environmental Code, each Orano Group industrial site publishes an annual Transparency and Nuclear Safety Report (TSN) informing the public about its activities in terms of safety, security, radiation protection as well as the results of its environmental measurement campaigns and waste management. The Group also publishes a report for the HCTISN, the Higher Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety, as well as a National Management Plan for Radioactive Matter and Waste (PNGMDR) under the aegis of the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and the ASN. All these reports are available on multiple distribution channels and can be downloaded from our website.
  • Within the framework of the Local Information Commissions (CLI, created in 1981), the Group participates in information meetings on its activities with elected representatives, associations, ASN members and the media. The Mining businesses participate under the authority of the prefects in the Monitoring and Surveillance Committees (MSC).
  • Each year, facility tours are held to give visitors the chance to learn about our factories, their operations and our activities.
  • Local events such as public sessions, and meetings with the press are also organised.

Contributing to and participating in local development

Nuclear power is the third largest industrial sector in France. It relies on 2,500 companies in the territories and generates 220,000 non-offshorable jobs. Each year, it hires up to 8,000 people.

For 2018, Orano has kicked off a large-scale recruitment campaign and has 800 jobs on offer, in permanent or fixed-term position.

  • Orano actively participates in training young people. Every year, the Group recruits work-study trainees in different nuclear professions. In 2018, 850 long-term work-study trainees will be prepared for multiple positions, whether engineers, managers or technicians.
  • Orano's involvement in the community life and economy also extends to support for business creation and support. Buttressed by the skills of its subsidiary Orano Delfi (Local Economic Development and Finance), Orano supports local entrepreneurs by granting loans to finance the investment needs of job-creating SMEs, by participating in business development and innovation and through involvement in support functions (Management Control, HR, etc.). To date, Orano has provided financing to over 150 companies and supported more than 3,500 local jobs.

Discover how our mining activities  drive sustainable economic development of the regions where they operate.


  • CSR Report of Orano’s mining activities

Orano, committed to its employees

From safety and security to radiation protection, working conditions, employee health monitoring, risk prevention, social dialogue, training… Employees are Orano Group's most valuable asset, hence its policy of respecting and practising diversity at all stages, from recruitment to career development.

Safety and security, foundational pillars for Orano

The Group places the utmost importance on unfailing attention to nuclear safety, safety and health in the workplace, and expects each of its employees to do the same daily.

In 2017, three complementary and key policies on nuclear safety control and radiation protection were instituted:

  • the Safety-Environment Policy (2017-2020) sets twelve priorities for action in facility safety, operational safety and management performance,
  • the Health-Safety- Radioprotection Policy (2017-2020) is structured along three lines: developing primary prevention, controlling operations and securing feedback,
  • the Quality Policy, essential to controlling nuclear safety, and designed to drive continuous improvement on a daily basis and improve customer satisfaction and confidence.

As regards safety at work, the lost time accident frequency rate in 2017 was 2.4% across the Group, ten times lower than the rate in French industry.

Since 2008, no exposure levels greater than 18 mSv have been recorded (the limit per year under French regulations is 20 mSv).

Risk prevention and risk management as absolute priorities

The safety of our facilities and the security of our employees are an absolute priority that demand us to be of unwavering stringency. Prevention is placed at the heart of our operations through a variety of mechanisms and training sessions: regular safety and crisis drills, ongoing inspections of the work environment, continuous medical surveillance, prevention and diagnosis of pathological risks, and daily checks on employee dosimetry.

Encouraging employee-employer dialogue

Under its far-reaching and constantly-developing contractual policy, Orano has signed agreements on professional equality, the development of Quality of Life at Work, the integration of people with disabilities, and a Generation contract.

Fostering quality of living in the workplace

Collective intelligence is one of Orano's pillars. It has been made central to our organisation, as a means of fostering relationships of the highest standard, on par with our business, all the while ensuring a caring environment for our employees. It makes it possible for everyone to progress in their position and build a consistent professional pathway in a wide range of professions, production, engineering, service and support. It promotes training and the development of new skills, in an excellence-based approach. From the right to log off to tele-commuting, flexible working hours, services and employee benefits, every aspect has been addressed to foster the best work-life balance, in which individuals are able to give the best of themselves, in an environment that enables them to thrive.

  • 79% of employee requests to telecommute were accepted in 2017. 385 people were thus able to benefit.
  • €1.3 billion dedicated to equality in the workplace since 2013.
  • 5% of payroll is dedicated to continuing training each year, compared to the national average of 4%.
  • 34 hours of training on average, per year and per employee.

Wealth in diversity

In March 2003, Orano signed the Global Compact, which brings together volunteer companies, United Nations agencies, the working world and civil society around ten universal principles. Since 2006, Orano has marked its commitment by adhering to the Diversity Charter, which encourages recruitment to be open to all profiles and pluralism in career management.

The agreement on the employment of people with disabilities covering the period 2018-2020 was signed on 14 May 2018 by all five trade union organizations. In 2017, the group employed 528 disabled people on permanent contracts.

  • The agreement on gender diversity promotes recruitment, equal access to professional careers and career development.
  • In the Group, diversity is defined as much in trans-generational as in cultural, social and ethnic terms. Orano promotes diversity for all through its hiring policy, training and fight against discrimination. Since 2010, the Diversity Label has also recognized the Group's initiatives on the Corporate Social Responsibility front.
Orano Group is convinced that diversity is a performance factor, a source of innovation, that diversity enriches exchanges, confronts skills and nourishes reflections.
As of December 31, 2017, 27% of women had been recruited on permanent contracts.


First Group awarded the AFNOR Diversity label, on 5 March 2010, for all its entities in France


This is an international standard defining the requirements placed on Employee Health and Safety Management Systems, with a view toward certification.


ISO 9001 certifies the Quality Management System.

This international reference designates environmental management standards.

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