Our tire manufacturing processes use large quantities of cooling water. In our Finnish factory, we take surface water for cooling from the nearby Nokianvirta river (Kokemäenjoen waterway) and discharge it back into the river after use. The Russian (lake Lagoda) and US (Mississippi river basin) factory uses municipal water for cooling and then conveys it to a wastewater treatment plant. The cooling water has no contact with production chemicals at any stage and, therefore, does not become contaminated.
In our factories we take regular samples from the cooling water and from the wastewater conveyed to the municipal treatment plant in order to verify the water quality. Both the wastewater conveyed into the municipal sewage system and the cooling waters has been practically clean. Our goal was to reduce the consumption of municipal water by 25% by 2020 compared to the 2013 baseline. In 2020, our consumption of municipal water (m3/metric ton of products) was approximately 30% lower than in 2013.
In 2020, water risk assessments for production sites were updated. The assessments were done using WWF’s water risks filters, and they confirm that our water related risks are minor and that we don’t operate in water stressed areas. We will update water risk assessment once in every three years. Water risks related to supply chain was started by assessing risks based on geographical locations.