Water is crucial to human existence, and it is a shared resource that we must treat respectfully. The efficient management and protection of water resources are critical objectives under several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
That’s why Chemours is focused on improving water quality and why we committed to reducing air and water process emissions of fluorinated organic compounds.
Fluorinated Organic Process Emissions
Being able to access enough clean fresh water is vital to our operations, our supply chain, and our communities. Our water stewardship approach begins with tracking the volume of water we use and following specific water quality criteria to ensure our discharges are compliant with local permits. We actively seek opportunities to improve the quality of our discharged water to meet our stakeholders’ expectations. In 2018, we established an emissions-reduction team whose first task was to build a comprehensive inventory of fluorinated organic air and water process emissions to develop the baseline for our 2030 goal. The team is continuing its work in 2019 by developing a road map to identify the necessary actions and timeline to achieve our 2030 goal.
We are also completing comprehensive sustainability assessments at each of our manufacturing facilities to identify new opportunities to improve how we manage our water resources. To grow responsibly, we need to use water wisely at all our global locations and to balance our growth with a commitment to responsibly steward the water resources we need to produce our products.
Water Withdrawal, Use, and Discharge
We also monitor water availability and the amount of water we use from our local watersheds. We withdraw most of the water needed to support our operations from nearby surface water bodies, with the balance of our needs sourced from on-site groundwater wells or purchased water. Our sites use water as an ingredient in our products, within our manufacturing processes, for cooling our process equipment (known as noncontact cooling water), and for employee needs. Withdrawn water is typically discharged to nearby surface water bodies, either directly by us or through local publicly owned treatment works. See our GRI Content Index, section 303, for additional information on our water use.