Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Water management

Waste management



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.

Elimination of waste is one of 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 generation of waste and 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.

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. Read more about waste management here, and water management here

SDG impact report 2020 – SDG 12

Subgoal 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.


Total waste generated: 356,156 tonnes

Reduced NOₓ emissions by 1.6% globally and 7.7% in Norway. Total reduction of 24% in Norway since 2015.

Reduced SO₂ emissions by 5.5%

No significant spills of D4/D5

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


Total waste diverted from disposal:
237,645 tonnes

Share of process waste that was reused or recycled: 64%