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Responsible management of Water

Responsible management of Water

Our environmental policy focuses on ensuring the rational management of water, as both our mining activities for obtaining raw materials and our aluminium production process make the Company the major consumer of groundwater in specific locations of its operations. Recognising the importance of this natural resource, we take initiatives which aim to ensure that water is managed efficiently (zero losses-leaks) and that related savings are made possible (through recycling, systematic reuse and/or restrictions on use, when necessary).

To this end:

  • Continuous monitoring of personnel behaviour and provision to them of guidance in order to help reduce the consumption of water are standing practices of our subsidiaries.
  • Photocell-activated automatic water flow control systems have been installed in all the office buildings of our subsidiaries, to control consumption in the best possible way.
  • Annual targets for water consumption targets are set by production section, and special measures to deal with periods of drought are taken, if required.
  • Daily inspections are carried out to check compliance with the regulations in place, such as the prohibition of using water for industrial cleaning tasks (where they can be carried out using mechanical means) and for car washing.
  • Stagnant water in underground mines is collected and used.
  • Rainwater is collected in a conservation reservoir with an approximate capacity of 6000 m3, located in a specially configured area of an inactive mining site.
  • Additionally, water coming from natural separation in mining site workshops is used to irrigate rehabilitated areas, after it has been analysed in accredited laboratories to confirm its suitability for this purpose.

Finally, the areas from which the subsidiaries draw water – especially ALUMINIUM OF GREECE, which has drilled and is using a network of wells in the area around its plant facilities – do not contain water masses regarded by experts as particularly sensitive because they support a specific endangered plant or animal species or because they are located in any other area which has been designated as a protected area.