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Water

Of all the water on our planet, 99.5% is sea water. The world’s growing population, agriculture and industry rely instead on the less than 0.5% that is freshwater. And with the growth in demand, water scarcity already affects every continent.

 

Our approach

During 2018, RHI Magnesita used 15.6 million cubic metres of water. We aim to minimise our water use, particularly in areas of scarcity. Based on preliminary analysis, six RHI Magnesita plants operate in waterscarce areas: two each in Mexico, Brazil and India. We adopt water-saving technologies and closed-loop water circuit technology in these plants, which account for less than 10% of our total water use.

Water withdrawals

Water withdrawals

2018 (m³)

Percentage of total

Asia

642,000

4%

Europe

9,282,000

60%

North America

4,797,000

31%

South America

876,000

6%

Total water withdrawals

15,597,000

100%

Of which in water-scarce areas*

929,000

6%

* Preliminary assessment covering five of the six plants in identified water-scarce areas in Mexico, Brazil and India.