Management of Resources
Taking responsibility for our environment is a priority in everything we do. In this context, we review the global consumption on an annual basis and are committed to an efficient utilization of all resources.
We encourage our employees around the world to produce as little waste and wastewater as possible. Our basic principle of waste and wastewater management is based on the “4 Rs”: reduce, reuse, recycle and recover.
Water is one of the most valuable and vital resources on earth. Although two-thirds of the earth is covered with water, only about 0.3 percent of it is drinkable and also very unevenly distributed. On top of this there are climate changes and accompanying droughts as well as a growing global water shortage. Given this situation, it is understandable that there is already fierce competition for this highly sought-after resource in many places. Some of our sites are also located in regions that are affected by water shortages or water stress. It is thus all the more important that we contribute to the protection of natural water resources and use the water required for our operational processes efficiently and that we do not have a negative impact on water quality.
Besides fresh water consumption in the sanitary facilities in the offices, water is mainly used at our facilities and car washes at the OIL! Tankstellen. At OIL! Tankstellen, older carwashes – usually owned by the station operator – are successively being replaced by water-saving models.
Waste & Wastewater Management
We record industrial waste (e.g. metals, packaging) as well as hazardous waste (e.g. product remnants, separator residues), which requires special treatment and must be disposed of separately. Most of the hazardous waste at our plants consists of residues from oil-water separators or oily materials such as cans. These are collected and processed by us or by licensed contractors. All of our service stations use oil-water separators or other wastewater treatment systems to process wastewater.