Lafarge Cement on water footprint assessment of cement production sites
Out of Lafarge’s 2000 operation sites, seven pilots were chosen in 2009 to set up water programmes and to learn how to apply water management to the sector. In 2010, water footprinting assessments were conducted for four pilot sites in the United Kingdom, Romania, Egypt and Spain. These pilot sites have enabled the group to produce a guide to managing and better conserving water resources, including harvesting rainwater, washing without water and condensing steam in stacks. This work was received very positively by employees at the pilot sites. Furthermore, the Aggregates & Concrete business in Brazil launched a water-saving campaign during 2010, and reduced the consumption from 435L to 270L per cubic metre of concrete.