Water

Specific Water WithdrawalThe economic, environmental and social value of water continues to increase, with the consequent need to increase the commitment and energy dedicated to reducing the exploitation of water resources through more efficient use.

Although the tyre production process is not water intensive, responsible water management is one of the key points of Pirelli policy, in the conviction that all members of society must do what it can to support global sustainability.

Pirelli initiated a specific project in 2010 to reduce its impact on water resources. On the one hand, the “Water Project” aims to continue existing measures for streamlining internal consumption, while complementing them with new ones as necessary, and on the other hand, identifying and managing its own water footprint, i.e. the impact made on water resources tied to the existence and activities of Pirelli throughout the world. Pirelli monitors and accounts for its own water withdrawal by using two principal indicators:

  • absolute withdrawal, as measured in cubic metres;
  • specific withdrawal, as measured in cubic metres per tonne of finished product.

The Pirelli Industrial Plan has set a target to reduce its specific water withdrawal by 70% from its 2009 level by 2015.

Water withdrawal

Water withdrawal

Water withdrawal

2009 2010 2011
Tyre (10^3m3) 14,150 14,420 12,440
Other Businesses (10^3m3) 70 50 40
ABSOLUTE (10^3m3) 14,520 14,470 12,480
Dismissed Businesses (10^3m3) 50 30 -
SPECIFIC (m3/tonFP) 18.3 16.2 13.1

As shown by the trends illustrated in the following graphics and tables, results have already started to be seen: at December 31, 2011 the specific withdrawal of water had fallen by 19% from 2010 and by 28% from 2009.

In turn, the following graphics show the different sources of water used by Pirelli activities in 2011 and, in particular, the portion used by different businesses.

Distribution of hydric sources - 2011

Distribution of hydric sources - 2011

Distribution of water by type of activity - 2011

Distribution of water by type of activity - 2011

In regard to water discharges and emissions into water:

XX the volume of discharged water is about 8 million cubic metres, of which more than 70% was returned to surface catch basins, while about 30% was collected in sewage systems, into which non-industrial waste water was also channelled;

XX before being discharged in the final catch basin, industrial waste water is subjected to periodic analysis, which has not revealed any violation of maximum concentrations allowed by local standards.

Specifically in regard to the quality of discharges, the data elaborated thus far show that for a tonne of finished product, about 110 g of Total Suspended Solids, 140 g of COD and about 30 g of BOD5 are discharged.