Our environmental and societal strategy
Maintaining OCP’s position as sustainable agriculture leader through a committed environmental and societal strategy
As the main supplier of phosphate in the world, OCP Group has one-of-a-kind fertilizer production expertise in the context of sustainable agriculture and continually strives to innovate in order to contribute to sustainably feeding the soil to feed the planet. To maintain its leading position in the fertilizer industry, OCP Group makes every effort to create value and jobs through a circular economy.
Circular economy : Building a virtuous ecosystem
The preservation of the environment also goes through the implementation of the circular economy principles within the OCP Group. The procedure consists in moving from a linear consumption of resources to a circular pattern, which suggests a different, more virtuous approach.
It means innovating to build a virtuous system. On one hand, it is based on a better use of natural resources in line with the eco-design approach and sustainability of the Group, on the other hand, it is based on the minimization of casualties and generated waste. It also relies on the more complete value of waste, both for the mining and industrial activities of OCP.
A balanced and optimized water consumption
For OCP, optimized water consumption has become a strategic part of its industrial projects. The Group is firmly committed to combining industrial development with water resource preservation. Our challenge is to continue our development and increase production capacities without increasing our natural water resource needs. OCP Group has thus developed a Water Program to sustainably meet its industrial water needs that would amount to about 160 million m3 per year. Thanks to the Group’s investments, 30% of our actual water consumption comes from desalinated sea water and purified wastewater, with the ambition to raise this figure to 100% in the coming years.
This program is based on 3 pillars: :
Water use optimization through the entire value chain
Optimal management of fresh water resources usage
Engagement of non conventional water resources
A responsible Energy program
In order to respond to the increased electricity requirements inherent to industrial development, OCP Group has implemented a responsible and innovative Energy Program to reduce its carbon footprint. The Group plans to achieve medium-term energy self-sufficiency through a number of measures aimed at diversifying its energy mix.
Already now, 86% of the Group’s needs are covered by green energy.
This program is based on 3 pillars:
Development of cogeneration capacity
Implementation of energy efficiency measures
Increased use of renewable energy in the energy mix
A sustainable vision for rehabilitated mines
As part of its environmental approach, OCP Group has adopted new industrial processes that ensure eco-friendly mine rehabilitation, which is based on a simple principle: collect and store the topsoil during the mine's operation and reuse it later. This approach, which incorporates a vision of creating shared value, relies on the involvement of associations, organizations, and local populations in order to encourage the support and appropriation of the launched initiatives right from the start.
Rehabilitated mines :
400 hectares of installation rehabilitated in the Nort-Est of Khouribga
2 060 hectares of converted land in Khouribga and Gantour according to the “Extraction – Rehabilitation” integrated process
4.5 Millions of trees planted
OCP Group implements SULFACID technology to improve environmental footprint
OCP Group has implemented the Sulfacid process at its Jorf Lasfar and Safi industrial platforms. This process is an innovative solution aimed at reducing the environmental footprint by lowering significantly sulfur dioxide emissions (SO2). It marks a historic turning point where emissions went from values above 600 ppm to values below 15 ppm, down by 98%. In addition to its significant environmental impact, this project improves productivity as the process allows stack gases to be converted into sulfuric acid and recovered in production. its implementation is planned for five production lines. The Group has already implemented two production lines at Jorf Lasfar and started the construction phase of the third one at Safi.
The Slurry Pipeline revolutionizes the phosphate’s travel mode
The Slurry Pipeline is the backbone of OCP Group's new industrial strategy and has revolutionized phosphate transport. It contributes to OCP's sustainable industrial performance while also responding to food security concerns resulting from climate change. The pipeline, which transports pulp over the 235 km between the Khouribga mine site and the Jorf Lasfar processing platform, is the longest in the world and is a veritable technological and environmental feat. The project responds to a three-fold objective of optimizing costs (90% reduction of logistical costs), increasing transport capacity, and preserving the environment. The pipeline will eventually reduce CO2eq emissions by 930,000 metric tons per year and save 3 millions of water m3 per year.