Avril is a responsible industrial actor committed to improving its environmental performance and creating new energies that can contribute to sustainable mobility in the future. The Group is also promoting a circular economy, particularly through its subsidiaries Adonial and Terrial.
Reduce the environmental footprint of our industry
As an industrial Group, Avril is committed to reducing the energy consumption of its facilities, developing renewable energies – particularly using locally-sourced biomass – and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Six of Avril’s ten largest plants are now equipped with biomass boilers (burning sunflower hulls, olive pomace…) that supply 95% of their thermal energy needs. In particular, the Group’s efforts since 2012 have halved the energy consumption of its esterification units. On a broader scale, the share of renewable energies in total energy consumption regularly increased, reaching today 29%.
In terms of energy performance, Avril keeps on progressing with more sites obtaining ISO 50001 certification; in 2019, this brings the total to 34, or 40% of the Group’s industrial sites.
Avril plays a role upstream as well. In livestock sectors, the Group provides support for its partner livestock breeders. It helps them to optimize rations for their animals, notably in order to reduce emissions of waste (methane, phosphorus, nitrogen) into the environment, and to improve the environmental performance of housing.
Develop circular economy activities
Reducing and valorizing coproducts and waste from our operations and sectors
Avril’s sectoral model is based on the principle of the circular economy, according to which all by-products, residues and wastes arising from its activities are transformed into raw materials.
On the one hand, the Group’s activities involve the systematic recycling of by-products: the use of rapeseed meals, which are a by-product of grain crushing, and fatty acids originating from the oil refining, are used in animal nutrition; glycerin issued from the esterification of the oil is used in oleochimistry.
On the other hand, Avril aims to exploit as far as possible the residues and wastes generated by its activities so that they can be reintegrated in the value chain, under the logic of industrial ecology. The six biomass boilers of the Avril Vegetal sites burn sunflower hulls and olive pomace issued from their industrial process, or local wood pellets where they are not available.
The Group includes subsidiaries whose activities are directly linked to circular economy. Adonial processes by-products and production rejects from the agrifood industry, transforming them into ingredients for livestock feeds. Leader in organic fertilizers in France, Terrial recycles livestock waste and organic wastes generated by industrial activities (including Avril’s) into compost or methane to produce fertilizers and renewable energy.
Packaging and eco-design
Life cycle analysis (LCA) have been realised for the main range of Avril’s products, enabling to determine different ways to improve their environmental footprint.
Lesieur constantly reduces the weight of its packaging and uses more than 50% of recycled PET. Since 2019, three of Lesieur’s products have been present on the e-commerce platform Loop. Developed by TerraCycle, this enables consumers to order everyday products that are delivered to their homes in returnable packaging.
As for Oleon, the company showcases its biobased products, some of them being a substitute to products of petrochemical origin.