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Environment: Water

19% reduction in absolute water usage

Versus our 2011/12 baseline

 

Ensuring that water resources are used efficiently and responsibly is an important strand of our CSR activity. We have a keen awareness that some countries where we have operations have been defined by the United Nations as being water scarce, stressed or vulnerable.

We continue to set ourselves demanding targets for reducing water consumption in our manufacturing processes and finding solutions to recycle or return water back to the water course, especially within our Nigerian operations which account for the majority of the Group’s total water usage.

Our focus on reducing water usage within our Nigerian business has paid dividends. We have seen a 25% reduction over the year, with the help of our new cooling tower in Aba which recycles water used in cooling processes. Likewise, other countries have yielded reductions, such as Poland, where river water usage has reduced by over 45%.