Our neighbors and surrounding communities expect us to treat our shared water resources with respect. That’s why we’ve taken specific actions at individual plants around the globe to drive more-impactful change. We use feedback from stakeholder engagement activities and input collected through our annual issue-prioritization work to identify the water topics our stakeholders care about. In response, we have set our 2030 CRC water goal, focusing on the process emissions most important to our local stakeholders—fluorinated organic compounds (FOCs). We act on our goal through our FOC process emissions reduction team, which developed and continues to refine our FOC process emission inventory and implementation road map to achieve the 2030 goal.
Our stakeholders have identified water quality as our highest priority. In response, we currently focus our water stewardship efforts on understanding and addressing the quality of our discharged water effluents. We start by requiring our site operations to abide by all local laws and regulations and adhere to local requirements governing the quality of water effluents at our sites.
We next focus our efforts on protection, working to prevent future impacts to water quality by setting internal environmental standards that govern how we construct, operate, and maintain our facilities to protect against leaks or releases to the environment.
Lastly, we focus on continuous improvement. In addition to meeting our legal and regulatory obligations, we proactively take measures to evaluate and manage our emissions to improve the quality of our discharges. We are completing comprehensive sustainability assessments at each of our manufacturing facilities, inventorying their emissions and measuring their performance against our 2030 goals. These assessments help us evaluate our manufacturing operations within the context of the surrounding communities and environments to identify new opportunities to improve the performance of our manufacturing operations and the quality of our discharged water effluents. Where data gaps or improvement initiatives are identified, we develop action items and management plans. After the initial assessments are completed, we periodically survey the sites to monitor progress on implementing improvements and identify new opportunities to improve our operations and the quality of our wastewater effluents.