Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns



An improved understanding of environmental and social impacts of products and services is key to ensure sustainable value chain for the future. Elkem strives to be an environmentally conscious company, securing a safe and healthy working environment for all workers at our sites. A strong environmental management of chemical safety, emission to air and water, and focusing on minimising the environmental footprint is a key priority to Elkem.

An improved understanding of the environmental and social impacts of products and services is key to ensure sustainable value chain for the future. Therefore, strong environmental management of chemical safety, air, and water emission, and minimising the environmental footprint are key priorities.

Our impact: Our products and production have an environmental footprint throughout the value chain. Elimination of waste is one of the key strategies for successful operations. Our environment, health, and safety (EHS) policy cover actions on energy and resource utilisation, environmental impact through emission to air and discharge to water and waste reduction and waste management. Our goal is to reduce the generation of waste by good process control. We aim to consider all raw material and process waste as by-proucts that can be reused or sold. Any residual waste left after other efforts is disposed in accordance with local regulations.

A zero-harm EHS philosophy means running operations with resource-efficient processes where negative environmental impacts are minimised throughout the value chain. No environmental deviations and spill control are part of Elkem’s over all environmental strategy.

Circularity is becoming more and more critical throughout our value chain. Elkem is working with customers and researchers across: reduce, reuse, recycle and renewable. For example, increase the use of recycled raw materials in our operations by collecting them, reintroducing them, and valuing by-products (i.e. Elkem Microsilica ®). By joining forces with our customers, we aim to increase the collection of end-of-life products to recycle them chemically or mechanically.

Impacted: There is an increased focus on environmental and climate-friendly production from society, employees and investors. In addition, operations are subject to environmental permits and the risk of stricter permits from governments and/or other policy changes require our attention to ensure compliance and successful transition.

Elkem is part of the chemical industries’ voluntary initiative Responsible Care. Through the initiative, Elkem commits to efficient use of resources, waste minimisation and to improve technologies, processes and products over their life cycle beyond legislative and regulatory compliance. 

SDG impact report 2021 – SDG 12

Target 12.4: By 2020, achieve environmentally sounds management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle in accordance with agreed international framework and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil to minimise their adverse impact on human health and the environment.


Have fully implemented environmental management system in the organisation, with digital, quarterly reporting.

Total waste generated: 397,247 tonnes

No significant spills of D4/D5

CDP Water disclosure: B-

Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.


Total waste diverted from disposal: 276,483 tonnes

Share of process waste that was reused or recycled: 70%