Reduce by 50% our water withdrawal intensity (m3/tcarbon black) versus FY2012 baseline for our high- and medium-risk sites.
Assessing our water vulnerability
We have been seeking to improve our water approach since FY2015, when we partnered with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resource Institute (WRI) to assess the water stress level at each of our manufacturing sites through the WRI’s Aqueduct™ tool. For our plants based in India, we complemented the assessment using the specific India Water Tool.
Aqueduct and the India Water Tool have provided us with an informative, high-level and generic assessment for all our sites. However, Birla Carbon recognizes that a more localized approach is now necessary for our most vulnerable sites to appraise the risk levels before devising specific water mitigation plans.
Our new water risk management approach is inspired by the six-step methodology advocated by the European Water Stewardship Standard, the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard and the ABG Technical Standard (Water Management).
- Commitment – our recognition (pdf, 82KB) that risks must be assessed.
- Water inventory – our experts collate site-specific water balance data, an inventory of water challenges and an understanding of water conveyance and treatment systems.
- Water risk assessment – we carry out a generic water risk assessment, coupled with a detailed local source vulnerability assessment.
- Water risk mitigation plans (WRMPs) – we develop the plans required for both internal and external mitigation.
- Implement and monitor WRMPs – we deploy the plans, including internal actions and external engagement, tracking progress.
- Communicate performance – we report on our progress, both internally and externally.