Water use is of paramount importance for the manufacturing processes at Kordsa sites and auxiliary operations. Water quality, accessibility and preservation of usable water resources are important for the sustainability of our production and cost control.
In water management, OHSES (Occupational Health & Safety, Environment & Sustainability) and Energy Management Committee is responsible for compliance and inspection. Projects on water management and improvement efforts are the responsibility of all departments. We ensure the efficiency of the water management system through ISO 14001 Environmental Management System audits by internal and external bodies.
At all sites and offices, we put efforts to use water more efficiently, we encourage industrial reuse of treated water through reverse osmosis system. We continuously monitor our improvement target for the recovery and reuse of water we consume in manufacturing. We follow technological research and investment opportunities to increase the amount of wastewater we recover.
Mechanisms to ensure efficiency of wastewater management are; Ministry of Environment and Urbanization inspections, Kordsa Environment Unit and Environmental Officer audits in addition to ISO 14001 audits and ISO 14001 internal audit. We also benchmark our waste management with other industrial companies of the Sabancı Holding.
In all our operations, we treat all the water we use at water treatment plants before discharging it to river or any local government piping. Our investments ensure that our water treatment capacity will meet the demand of future expansions.
In 2019, we treated and reused 182,000 m3 of water in Turkey and Indonesia sites. Although we included the water consumption of four new composite sites in the data, we decreased the amount withdrawn from municipal resources by 32%. As a result, considering our use from other water resources, our overall global consumption increased by 3%.