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What is the total volume of recorded significant spills?

This metric is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines. It covers one of the reporting requirements of Indicator G4-EN24 - 'Total number and volume of significant spills'.

Spills of chemicals, oils, and fuels can have significant negative impacts on the surrounding environment, potentially affecting soil, water, air, biodiversity, and human health. The systematic effort to avoid spills of hazardous materials is directly linked to the organization’s compliance with regulations, its financial risk from the loss of raw materials, remediation costs, the risk of regulatory action, as well as damage to reputation. This Indicator also serves as an indirect measure for evaluating the monitoring skills of the organization.


This metric is looking for the volume of recorded significant spills:

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Global Reporting Initiative compliance guidance for companies:

To calculate the total volume of recorded significant spills - G4-EN24-b:

  • Identify the total volume of all recorded significant spills.

Reporting on this Indicator should include the following contextual information as a comment to the metric value:

G4-EN24-b: For spills that were reported include the additional information for each spill in the comments section:

  • Location of spill

  • Volume of spill

  • Material of spill, categorized by:

    • Oil spills (soil or water surfaces)

    • Fuel spills (soil or water surfaces)

    • Spills of wastes (soil or water surfaces

    • Spills of chemicals (mostly soil or water surfaces)

    • Other (to be specified by the organization)

G4-EN24-c: ​Report the impacts of significant spills.