Water

Water management is an important part of our environmental approach. 

Our source of water is dependent on the location of our facilities. Some sites use sea water for cooling, while others draw water from freshwater sources such as a river, aquifer or the local main water supply. A growing number of our plants also use purified recycled water supplies.

Our Water Performance

We use water primarily for cooling and steam production; water consumption usually rises with production volume. Nevertheless, we continue to work on initiatives for managing our water use, as well as developing plans for the future.

Overall, in 2016 our water use increased slightly over the previous year to 155 million cubic meters, of which the majority was comprised of groundwater and fresh surface water.