The CLH Group has approved a sustainability strategy to become a carbon neutral company

  • The company plans to reduce its emissions by 50% before 2025 and completely eliminate them by 2050

  • The use of pipelines to transport fuels, instead of other means, prevents the emission of over 370,000 tonnes of CO2 every year

The CLH Group has approved a sustainability strategy which is primarily aimed at achieving a neutral contribution to the company's carbon footprint, in line with the Paris Agreement of December 2015 (COP 21) and the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

This new strategy comprises various specific plans and projects that will enable the CLH Group to strengthen its commitment to biodiversity protection, an efficient use of natural resources and the fight against climate change, in addition to cooperating with the oil industry in the development of eco-fuels:

– Zero Emissions. The aim of this plan is to reduce net emissions of greenhouse gases by 50% before 2025 and make CLH a carbon-neutral company by 2050. To do this, the company is working on reducing energy consumption by replacing its equipment with more efficient devices, incorporating new technological developments and purchasing renewable power or generating it ourselves at our facilities. Also, if necessary, the plan calls for the promotion of measures to offset emissions.

– CLH2O. This plan seeks to reduce water consumption, especially in the cleaning of storage tanks and in the testing of firefighting equipment, which are the activities that consume the greatest amounts of this resource at the company.

Natural Services. This consists of achieving zero impact on ecosystems that may be affected by the operations of CLH, by developing measures for restoration or remediation if necessary.

Furthermore, the company has recently launched two new projects aimed at contributing to more sustainable development in terms of the use of hydrogen and the recycling of plastic waste to produce liquid fuel.  

The CLH Group has signed an agreement with the American company Plug Power, world leader in the design and marketing of hydrogen fuel cell systems, to extend the use of this energy in Spain.  This alliance will enable us to offer integrated solutions to industries and sectors in which the use of hydrogen may be the most efficient zero emissions solution, such as the handling of goods or cargo transport.

The company is also participating in a project funded by the Industrial Technology Development Centre (CDTI) to obtain liquid fuel from discarded plastic bags.

CLH and the environment

This strategy is part of the ongoing commitment of the CLH Group to the sustainable development of its activities. Based on this philosophy, the company has a strict Environmental Management System that includes policies and programmes aimed at guaranteeing sustainability in all its operations.

In addition, the storage facilities in Spain are certified according to ISO 14001 in recognition of the strictest environmental responsibility criteria and the commitment to operate in an environmentally friendly manner, with CLH Aviation Ireland recently obtaining such certification for the first time as well. 

Moreover, the CLH Group operates in an environmentally clean manner because it does not manufacture or generate energy, and therefore its emissions are highly limited. In addition, the use of pipelines to transport fuels, instead of other means, prevents the emission of over 370,000 tonnes of CO2 every year and takes more than 670,000 road tankers off the roads.

About the CLH Group

The CLH Group is the leading company engaged in the transport and storage of oil products in the Spanish market and the second largest logistics operator in Europe in terms of the extension of its pipeline network and storage capacity.

In Spain, the CLH Group has a pipeline network of over 4,000 kilometres in length and 39 storage facilities with capacity for 8 million cubic metres. In addition, CLH Aviación operates in 37 airports across the country.

At the international level, the CLH Group is present in the United Kingdom, where it manages 2,000 kilometres of oil pipelines and 13 storage facilities, and in Oman, in cooperation with Orpic, where it built and manages a pipeline network and a storage facility. Through CLH Aviación, the Group also operates in Ireland, Panama and Ecuador.