The fight against climate change is a priority for Orano, whose activities contribute to producing low-carbon electricity. In fact, nuclear energy, which emits very little CO2, is included in the IPCC's scenarios for limiting global temperature rise.
Orano aims to set an example in its activities: since 2004, we have been implementing an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction program at our industrial facilities, with the following results:
At the Malvési site, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 80% thanks to the commissioning of new, next-generation plants.
At the la Hague site, CO2 emissions are down by 42%, as we have prioritized electricity over fuel oil for heat production.
At the Tricastin site, we have achieved an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by modifying the fluorine production facilities and commissioning the new Philippe Coste conversion plant.
Over the same period, Orano has reduced its overall energy and water consumption by 91% and 93% respectively.
The analyses carried out in 2018 show that radioactivity from operations is 100 times lower than natural radioactivity in France.
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 samples||20,000||5,000||11,000||23,200|
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Effectively controlling liquid and gaseous, radioactive and conventional effluents is part of our commitment to environmental protection.
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.
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. As for gas effluents, their level is below the public exposure limits.
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).
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.
To foster relations with each of its audiences and institutions, Orano is part of a multi-faceted information system:
Nuclear power is the third largest industrial sector in France. It relies on 2,600 companies in the territories and generates more than 220,000 non-offshorable jobs. Each year, it hires up to 7,000 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. By the end of 2018, 850 long-term work-study trainees had been prepared for multiple positions, whether as engineers, managers or technicians.
The Group's involvement in community life and the local economy also extends to support and assistance for employment-generating businesses in the regions where it operates. Buttressed by the skills of its subsidiary Orano Delfi (Local Economic Development and Finance), Orano supports local entrepreneurs by providing loans and/or by acquiring holdings in regional companies.
In 20 years, Orano Delfi has helped finance more than 150 companies and supported more than 3,500 local jobs.
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.
Three complementary and key policies set out Group priorities in relation to nuclear safety control and radiation protection for the period 2017–2020:
Since 2008, no exposure levels greater than 18 mSv have been recorded (the limit per year under French regulations is 20 mSv).
As regards safety at work, the lost time accident frequency rate in 2018 was 1.5, significantly lower than the rate in French industry.
The safety of our facilities and the security of our employees are an absolute priority, which requires us to be unwavering in our requirements. Prevention is placed at the heart of our operations through a variety of mechanisms and training sessions: regular safety and emergency drills, ongoing workplace inspections, continuous medical surveillance, the prevention and diagnosis of pathological risks, and daily checks on the doses received by employees.
Under its far-reaching and constantly-developing contractual policy, Orano has signed agreements on professional equality, the development of quality of life at work and the integration of people with disabilities.
Collective intelligence is one of Orano's pillars. It has been made central to our organization, as a means of establishing relationships of the highest standard, while ensuring a caring environment for our employees. It allows everyone to progress in their position and build a consistent and enriching professional pathway in a wide range of professions: production, engineering, service and support, whether in management or expert functions. It promotes training and the development of new skills as part of an excellence-based approach.
From the right to log off to teleworking, flexible working hours, services and employee benefits, every aspect has been addressed to promote the best work-life balance, so that everyone can give the best of themselves in an environment that enables them to thrive.
Our three agreements setting out our commitments have recently been unanimously renewed with trade union organizations:
The Group's head office has also been transformed and is currently functioning as a flex-office. In this context, teleworking should continue to expand.
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, 2018, women accounted for 35% of the managers recruited (27% of all employees recruited).
This is much higher than the industry average: according to Onisep, women represented just 19% of workers in this sector in 2018.
However, Orano has set itself more ambitious targets, namely to ensure that women account for 31% of staff by 2022, and 39% of the managers recruited.
The Diversity label, recognition of our HR approach
First group to receive the AFNOR Diversity label, awarded for all entities in France on March 5, 2010, and again in 2014.
OHSAS 18001 certification
International standard setting out the requirements of health and safety management systems, with a view toward certification.
See our reference publications for further details