Our long term target for reducing water consumption is: Improve water efficiency by 40% in 2015 compared to 2005
Our short-term target for 2012 was 33%
In 2012, we fell just short of our target and reached the following number regarding water efficiency compared to 2005: 32%
In 2009, a comprehensive project explored Novozymes’ role, risks, and opportunities in a world where water supplies are increasingly constrained. We are striving to make water a manageable issue in our daily business. Our current use of water and handling of wastewater has been evaluated, and appropriate measures have been taken at both local and regional levels.
Water was one of the focus areas that we explored further in 2012, mapping risks and opportunities at both production and solution level. When it comes to production, we are working to mitigate water-related risks, with the focus on areas with regional water scarcity risks such as India and China.
Going forward, Novozymes wants to account for the overall water impact of our technology from a life cycle perspective and improve our technology in order to contribute to increased resource efficiency. This explains our ambitious targets for water efficiency.
Furthermore, our focus is on exploring water availability and consumption scenarios in our supply chain.