Sustainability

Water

We want to reduce our use of freshwater connected to production of our products by 10% by 2017.

Globally, drinking water is a very scarce and vital resource. Even though this is not such a problem in Norway, we impact on the use of this scarce resource when we trade in raw materials that call for considerable use of water in the producing countries.

These countries are often in areas where there is a critical shortage of water. Most raw materials we use are traded in line with international guidelines and certification schemes where responsible use of water is a top priority.

BioMar does not want to squander water. Climate change will probably lead to rising sea levels and more precipitation, with the result that the planet's water resources will increase. But the increase in participation has occurred in areas where it is the least beneficial, with participation in the most northern parts of America, Europe and Asia in recent decades.

The already arid areas around the Sahara Desert (the Sahel region), the Mediterranean Sea, Southern Africa and parts of Southern Asia have experienced increased periods of drought since the 1970s.

(http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/climatechange/pages/gateway/the-science/at-a-glance)

GOAL PARTIAL GOAL STATUS 2014 HIGH POINTS 2014
REDUCE FRESHWATER USE

4.1 By 2017, the use of freshwater of drinking water quality shall be reduced by 10% from the 2010 baseline

We can point to a decrease in water use of 30% from the 2010 level. This represents a decline of over 7 percentage points from 2013

We are managing to continue the reduction in relative water use

REDUCE EMISSIONS INTO WATER

.2 Every year, fat content in water shall be lower than 100 mg/l from the farms

4.3 Use of biological oxygen1) shall every year be lower than 1,000 mg/l at the Karmøy factory

4.4 Suspended solids2) (SS) shall every year be less than 500 mg/l at the Karmøy farm

4.5 pH value of discharge water shall every year be between 6 and 10 at the Karmøy factory

New environmental goals. To be reported from 2015

 
1) Use of biological oxygen 2) SS = Undissolved materials in water
Explanation
Achieved according to plan According to plan Deviation from plan No improvement