Water – a precious and scarce resource
Around 70 percent of our planet is covered with water – over 1.4 billion cubic kilometers. However, most of this water is not directly useable for mankind as it is saltwater, or trapped in permafrost soils and ice. Thus, only 0.3 percent of this huge amount remains as drinking water. In spite of this low percentage there would be enough water to cater to the needs of the world’s population. Nonetheless, water is not equally available in all parts of the world. This is why some regions have an abundant supply of water while others suffer from aridity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one sixth of the world’s population has no access to improved drinking water.
But we are not only dependent on water in our basic human needs. It is also one of the most important resources in the industry. Thus, OSRAM committed itself in its guidelines to manage water and other precious resources sustainably.
Sustainable Water Management at OSRAM
In the production of lighting products water is mainly needed for cooling processes, and thus hardly polluted. But for OSRAM it is still of great importance to use water responsibly and sparingly. Thus we make sure to either clean polluted water ourselves or redirect it to local sewage plants. Furthermore we consider the scarcity of this precious resource in all our production processes. This is why we are proud to have seen water consumption decline in absolute numbers over the past years.
The adaptation of water management to the local availability of water is of great importance to OSRAM. For this reason we keep an extra eye on those production sites that are located in areas of water stress or scarcity. There we place a special focus on continuously monitoring and improving our production processes to make them ever more water-efficient, and thus more economical as well as ecological. Many OSRAM production sites have taken steps to use the most environmentally advanced production techniques that reduce the usage of water to a minimum.