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March 1, 2012
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Water

Highlights 2011

  • Participation in the development of the industry’s voluntary European Water Stewardship standard
  • Antwerp site switches to using river water rather than drinking water for cooling
  • Construction begins on a water treatment chemicals plant at Nanjing site

We use water as a coolant, solvent and cleaning agent, and to produce our products. We aim to use water sparingly and set ourselves global goals to this end. We offer our customers solutions that help them to purify water, use it more efficiently and reduce pollution.

Strategy

We want to use water as sparingly as possible at our sites, thus contributing to responsible usage. Water quality and availability vary substantially from region to region; therefore, we have developed a custom-designed water usage plan for each site.

We also show our commitment to sustainable water use in international partnerships and initiatives. As a member of the European Water Partnership (EWP), we played a decisive role in the development of the European Water Stewardship (EWS) standard, a voluntary industry standard. We investigated the applicability of this standard in practice and offered important advice on its improvement. We will apply the EWS standard in water stress areas worldwide starting in 2012. In 2011, we once again participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project survey on the risks and opportunities of water management for companies.

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