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Total water withdrawals (G4-EN8-a)

How much water did the company withdraw (in cubic metres)?
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441 Known
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Companies Values
BillerudKorsnas AB+Image
BillerudKorsnas AB
Sweden
216B
cubic metres 2014
The Coca Cola Company+image
The Coca Cola Company
Georgia (United States)
160B
cubic metres 2016
ENERGA SA+Image
ENERGA SA
Poland
32.8B
cubic metres 2016
Duke Energy+image
Duke Energy
North Carolina (United States)
23.7B
cubic metres 2015
Condensa
Colombia
20.9B
cubic metres 2016
Ford Motor Company+image
Ford Motor Company
Michigan (United States)
18.7B
cubic metres 2016
Grupo Argos+Image
Grupo Argos
16.3B
cubic metres 2017
Celsia+image
Celsia
12.5B
cubic metres 2016
General Electric+image
General Electric
Massachusetts (United States)
8.06B
cubic metres 2014
Texas Instruments+image
Texas Instruments
Texas (United States)
7B
cubic metres 2014
Dow Chemical+image
Dow Chemical
Michigan (United States)
3.12B
cubic metres 2014
Rosneft+image
Rosneft
Russia
1.95B
cubic metres 2016
BASF SE+image
BASF SE
Germany
1.82B
cubic metres 2017
Sumitomo Chemical+image
Sumitomo Chemical
1.42B
cubic metres 2014
AB InBev UK Limited+image
AB InBev UK Limited
1.38B
cubic metres 2015
Glencore International+image
Glencore International
Switzerland
970M
cubic metres 2016
Illovo Sugar Limited+image
Illovo Sugar Limited
South Africa
956M
cubic metres 2016
Yara International+Image
Yara International
Norway
906M
cubic metres 2017
Pacific Gas and Electric Company+image
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
California (United States)
853M
cubic metres 2014
Kimco Realty+image
Kimco Realty
New York (United States)
852M
cubic metres 2014

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About

This metric is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines. It covers one of the reporting requirements of Indicator G4-EN8 – 'Total water withdrawal by source'. This metric is for recording the total volume of water used from all sources by the company. Additional sources the indicator specifies that companies should disclose include Surface water (including water from wetlands, rivers, lakes, and oceans), Ground water, Rainwater collected directly and stored by the organization, Waste water from another organization, Municipal water supplies or other water utilities. 

​Reporting the total volume of water withdrawn by source contributes to an understanding of the overall scale of potential impacts and risks associated with the organization’s water use. The total volume withdrawn provides an indication of the organization’s relative size and importance as a user of water, and provides a baseline figure for other calculations relating to efficiency and use.

The systematic effort to monitor and improve the efficient use of water in the organization is directly linked to water consumption costs. Total water use can also indicate the level of risk posed by disruptions to water supplies or increases in the cost of water. Clean freshwater is becoming increasingly scarce, and can impact production processes that rely on large volumes of water. In regions where water sources are highly restricted, the organization’s water consumption patterns can also influence relations with other stakeholders.

Methodology

This metric is looking for the total amount of water withdrawn by the company in cubic metres:

For WikiRate researchers:

Companies who align reports to GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards often include a GRI Content Index or Annex where GRI disclosures, with GRI codes, are listed.

  • Use the GRI Index, CTRL F, Command F or search button on source preview to search for this index and metrics within the report

  • Use G4 codes, G3 codes or keywords to quickly find values, keeping in mind that some companies report on the metric using different terms, e.g. G4-EN8 or EN8, water withdraw

  • Always check the metric question and methodology for the unit of measure or currency - researchers may need to carry out calculations or conversions before entering the final metric value

  • Add comments documenting exactly where within the source you found the information (page number) and include details of simple or complex calculations or conversions made to determine the metric value

  • If you are unable to locate a metric value in a source you can search for additional sources where the data is available and add a new source

Further guidance on how to research values for GRI-based metrics is available here, including detailed guidance on adding, editing and Checking metric values.

Global Reporting Initiative compliance guidance for companies:

To calculate Total Water Withdrawls - G4-EN8-a:

  • ​Identify the total volume of water withdrawn from any water source. This includes the abstraction of cooling water. Identify whether these calculations are estimated, modelled or sourced from direct measurements. If estimation or modelling is required, identify the methods used in the comments section.

  • If a company reports separately for different types of sources, add them together to find the total volume used and enter this as the metric value.

This Indicator may include water that was either withdrawn directly by the organization or through intermediaries such as water utilities.

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