Globally, we’re designing and updating our factories to make them more water friendly. For example, in 2018 we invested €32k on a rainwater harvesting project around the Tapti River in India, saving an estimated 43,000 m3 of water per year. The water harvesting potential of this project is 9,000 m3, which would be enough water to meet our needs for 30 days. In 2018, we also launched a rainwater harvesting challenge in South Asia to encourage factories to collect and reuse as much water as possible during the rainy season. In total, 33 million litres of water were collected and reused, with factory teams aiming to collect even more rainwater in 2019.
We also recollect and reuse water for our cooling towers, recycle it for our boilers and reduce our water use through efficient cleaning. All of which helps reduce the impact of climate change, protect the quality of the water returned to the environment and relieve the stress of water scarcity where it matters.