We are committed to conserving water resources. In doing so, our measures focus primarily on those areas where we have identified the greatest potential for reducing consumption at our own locations. The availability of drinking water plays a key role in the analysis of the savings potential. Especially in water-scarce regions such as Turkey, water consumption is to be reduced as much as possible. For instance, thanks to the installation of groundwater tanks at our largest production site in Izmir (Turkey), in 2017, approx. 23,180m³ of water was collected and used for the irrigation of green areas and for sanitary installation on the site in 2020.
In addition to an efficient irrigation system at the company's headquarters in Metzingen (Germany), an automated garden irrigation system was installed at the Savannah distribution center (USA) in 2019. Both systems contribute to reducing Group-wide water consumption. Water-saving fittings, so-called aerators, are also installed at several locations, which reduce water consumption by mixing air into the water jet. Motion sensors also adapt the water supply to the current demand. By demounting the combined heat and power unit and the cooling tower at the corporate headquarters, more than 2,000 m³ of water could be saved in 2020.
With the implementation of sustainable store concepts, appropriate solutions for the efficient use of fresh water are also taken into account for new openings and renovations as well. You can find further information on the concepts here.