Global: Performance and progress - Air, land and water
For every tonne of steel we produced in 2014, our water intake was 23.3 cubic metres, one per cent up on 2013. We know this does not represent our actual net water use, since we not only recycle the water we withdraw multiple times, but we discharge most of it too. As part of our work towards this outcome, we will evolve our reporting on water consumption to ensure that it is more meaningful to our stakeholders and our site managers. This means assessing its materiality at a local level, and where it is material, developing our monitoring capacity by investing in new equipment, training, and assurance processes. It is our ambition to provide a global average net water use figure each year. We currently believe this to be between four and five cubic metres per tonne of steel annually.