Water is vital to human life and healthy ecosystems around the globe. It is also a natural resource we depend on in our manufacturing processes, and we must pay close attention to ensuring responsible water consumption and management.
We seek to conserve water across our operations and to discharge wastewater that is properly treated to avoid degradation to the surrounding environment. We also look to develop applications for our products that help conserve and protect water resources, including the use of our masterbatch material in durable water piping and our activated carbon products in water purification systems.
In 2018, we saw a 3% increase in our water use intensity, with the largest increase associated with the restart of our aerogel facility in Frankfurt, Germany. This increase was offset by decreased water use at our Purification Solutions facilities from decreased use of water-intensive production activities.