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COMURHEX Malvési has won the Environment Award as part of the "Responsible Care” Mediterranean Awards 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, COMURHEX Malvési has won the Environment Award as part of the "Responsible Care” Mediterranean Awards 2011 (*), organized by the French chemical industries association, the UIC.

This award is a form of recognition for COMURHEX Malvési’s work on the research and development of a process to significantly reduce emissions of nitrous oxide (**) (N2O) generated during the process of uranium conversion. The commissioning of this equipment in the second half of 2010, after more than six months of work and an investment of over 3 million euros, has helped destroy more than 132,000 tons of CO2 equivalent in N2O and contributes to significantly reducing the impact of our activities on the environment.

This project is a continuation of our efforts in line with the Kyoto Protocol. The project was one of 16 finalists for the 2011 edition of the AREVA Sustainable & Innovation Awards (ASDA). The "Reducing greenhouse gases at COMURHEX Malvési" project team consisted of J.Deplaix, C.Iche, T.Guinot, G.Cerles, R.Bednarz, and J.Rouchy.

(*) The Responsible Care Mediterranean Awards are intended to assist and encourage chemical companies in valuing their outstanding and/or innovative efforts, actions and achievements in the fields of Health, Safety and the Environment. The "Environment" Award goes to initiatives, actions and achievements that aim to reduce the environmental impact of the company, its business or its products. The Jury for the of Responsible Care Mediterranean Awards represents around 450 companies located throughout the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, Corsica and Languedoc-Roussillon region.

(**) Nitrous oxide (N2O) is identified as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions