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Rubis Terminal Publishes 2023 Sustainability Report

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Anamika Talwaria

Editor & Head of Content for Tank Storage Magazine & StocExpo and Chair of Women in Tanks.

Rubis Terminal’s 2023 sustainability report has been published, in a display of the company’s commitment to ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). ‘In 2023, Rubis Terminal continued its journey for ambitious CSR targets, while showing ongoing progress on our results. In a world navigating through evolving landscapes, our team has demonstrated resilience and agility while advancing our commitment to sustainability and innovation,’ says CEO Bruno Hayem.

With 15 facilities across four countries and a storage capacity of 4.03 million m3, Rubis Terminal Infra has plans to increase its market share over the course of the next year. ‘This year was marked by important growth initiatives and new ventures,’ says Hayem. ‘We launched significant organic expansions in Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Tarragona, to be commissioned in 2025. We started expanding our geographical presence with a project on a five-hectare site in the port of Huelva, Spain. This strategic expansion would allow us to enhance our service offering while serving as a tangible symbol of
our commitment to spearheading innovation in the field of green energy.’

Products Handled at Rubis

Rubis Terminal Infra specialises in the storage and handling of bulk liquids and liquified gases, including chemicals, fertilisers, fuels and biofuels. In 2023, the company’s blend represented 58% fuels, 24% chemicals, 9% biofuel and 9% agrifood. In recent years, Rubis has been consciously diversifying its product range in order to meet the demands of the market.

Rubis has been increasing the share of chemicals in its product mix through a combination of acquisitions, organic growth, and diversification. Where sustainable fuels are concerned, the company handles both first- and second-generation biofuels, as well as feedstocks for biofuels.

Strategic Goals

Rubis Terminals aims to become the leading European provider of safe and decarbonised storage and handling solutions for bulk liquid products, from the prevailing fuels of today to tomorrow’s sustainable alternatives.

Strategic objectives:

  • Provide a premium service to its diverse customer base.
  • Adhere to high safety, security and quality standards.
  • Diversify product mix.
  • Enable decarbonisation of storage and handling chains as they transition to Net Zero.
  • Maintain prosperity during the energy transition.

‘In the face of global supply chain disruptions and energy crises, our team has been mobilizing resources and leveraging the multimodal capabilities of our sites to meet customer needs. We are excited to explore the potential of new energy carriers like green hydrogen and emerging technologies such as carbon capture and storage, which are set to play a pivotal role in the future energy landscape,’ comments Hayem.

ESG Performance

Rubis’ ESG higlights for 2023 include being awarded EcoVadis silver and a B in its CPD climate score. Compared to 2022, GHG intensity across fuel depots is down 18% and down 1% at chemical depots, but overall is up 5% globally. Energy consumption across sites is up 4% but there has also been an increased in upcycled waste (10%).

‘Reviewing this year’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data and considering the broader context, the shift towards chemicals, particularly biofuel feedstocks and non-fuel products, demands more energy for storage, leading to higher emissions. This is the cost we must accept. Nevertheless, this challenge is precisely what we are tackling. We have fortified our dedication to cutting emissions through our Roadmap 2030 and our upcoming decarbonization strategy,’ says Hayem.

Rubis Terminal’s Safety Record

‘In 2023, we saw significant participation and progress in our “Always Safe” campaign with our “9 Life-Saving Rules” program,’ says Hayem. ‘Our results this year were in progress with the TIR improving by 15%. This is encouraging, but we know that safety improvement is a long-term effort. We will continue our actions for a culture of safety and prevention, reflecting our commitment to achieving zero accidents.’ Rubis also increased training hours by 13% this year, helping to boost safety at all terminals.

‘Looking ahead to 2024, it will be a year of construction and investment decisions for several projects. We are poised to further strengthen our position as a leader in sustainable storage solutions and evolving to support the needs of the transition. Our investments in green technologies and innovative practices will ensure that we remain at the forefront of the industry, delivering value to our clients and
stakeholders while enabling the global transition to cleaner energy,’ comments Hayem.’

To read the full report and an in-depth analysis of each of Rubis Terminals’ facilities, click here.

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