As part of our sustainability strategy, Novelis is committed to reducing water use intensity by 20 percent by 2020. This focus could not come at a more important time for our South America operations in Brazil.
Brazil is currently experiencing its worst water crisis in over 80 years, which has already left millions of residents with no water for days at a time. Water is a critical challenge for both Novelis and wider society, as we work towards efficient and conservative use that enables long-term water security.
Recently, Novelis South America made some important steps in these efforts and, in March 2015, we were recognized by the Federation of Industries for the State of São Paulo (FIESP) for the work we have done in reducing our Brazilian operations’ water consumption.
By implementing a number of improvements, the Novelis Pindamonhangaba plant was able to save the equivalent of nearly a month’s worth of water usage, totaling 55,176 cubic meters of water – a 6.2 percent overall reduction in annual water usage.
When we work toward the goal of reducing water consumption or increasing our recycled content in our products, it’s not just about meeting our proposed targets, it’s about how, as a business, we can help society.
The FIESP Award for Conservation and Water Reuse annually honors companies that are promoting efficient use of water with effective strategies that reduce consumption and waste while also generating environmental, economic and social benefits. Other companies that participated included Honda, 3M, Maxion and Metallurgical Inca, among others.