Planet – production and environment

Water management

We acknowledge the importance of water as a vital resource and endeavour to use it efficiently and responsibly, even though our packaging production operations involve limited water usage (the relevance of water is higher in our recycling operations, as water is used there for washing the input material).

We primarily source (fresh) water from municipal sources and, in some of our facilities, from our own wells. This combination of water sources helps us ensure a consistent supply while considering local water availability and sustainability.

We are dedicated to complying with all relevant water usage regulations and standards, and we closely monitor the quality of the water we use and discharge, aiming to prevent any negative impact on the environment or communities around our facilities. Through regular assessments and testing, we ensure that our water usage aligns with established guidelines.

Recognising the significance of responsible water management, we set a water reduction target in 2018. Our objective was to achieve a 20% reduction in water consumption by the end of 2022. We approached this goal with a focus on optimising our processes and implementing efficient technologies. This reduction initiative was undertaken as a part of our commitment to safeguarding water resources and minimising our environmental footprint. As of 2022, our freshwater consumption had decreased by 6%, despite the growing number of plants and recycling facilities.

Our water consumption increased by around 19% year-on-year. This can be linked to an increase in our production processes as well as our increased recycling activities. Our water discharge also increased by 3% – most of our water discharge goes to third-party sewage systems.

We recently developed our water stress analysis, using the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct tool, to map our locations in terms of water stress, with the conclusion that around 50% of our water withdrawals come from areas that have a ‘high’ or ‘extremely high’ water stress factor (meaning that demand for water exceeds the available supply locally by at least 40%). Also, 44% of our sites are in highly or extremely highly water-stressed areas. The countries concerned the most are Mexico, India, Italy, Spain and Turkey.