IE 11.1. Water discharges

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Water preservation is a crucial component of a company’s sustainability efforts, and reporting on water discharges is a fundamental aspect of environmental indicators within the ESG framework. This report allows for measuring a company’s direct impact on water resources and serves as an indicator of its environmental performance. This article provides a guide to help users understand and effectively respond to the water discharge question as presented in the ESG reporting framework and the results of the 2023 ESG data collection (as of the end of 2022) by France Invest.

1. How to answer this question ?

Companies must measure the total amount of water discharges they generated during the reporting period. This includes all types of liquid discharges entering water bodies, lakes, oceans, or sewers. If the data is known, it should be expressed in tons. If the information is not available, it must be clearly stated by adding a “not available” comment.

2. Why is it important ?

Water discharges can have devastating effects on aquatic ecosystems and human health. They are often associated with pollution and can lead to water quality degradation, affecting wildlife and flora. For companies, monitoring and reducing water discharges is vital to minimize their ecological footprint, comply with regulations, and strengthen their corporate social responsibility. It also reflects their commitment to sustainable water resource management.

3. Examples :

– Example A: A chemical company identified that it was discharging 50 tons of liquid waste into the local river. After installing a wastewater treatment system, the company was able to reduce its discharges to 10 tons, thus demonstrating its commitment to reducing its environmental impact.

– Example B: A brewery implemented a water reuse program, reducing its water discharges by 30%. Not only did this benefit the local environment, but it also led to significant savings for the company in terms of water-related costs.

Water discharge management is an integral part of a company’s environmental performance and should be treated with utmost attention. By measuring and transparently communicating this information, companies can not only improve their own sustainability but also contribute to the protection of aquatic ecosystems for future generations.

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