The commitment to safeguarding water is an integral part of our sustainability strategy. We recognize access to water and sanitation as a human right and promote initiatives to reduce the risk of water supply, especially in the most vulnerable areas.

Water is the key element for the survival of our communities and ecosystems. Water supply is essential for any industry, including our sector, as well as for agriculture and energy production. At the same time climate change is increasing the frequency and impact of water crises. Water availability and its safeguarding are therefore crucial for sustainable development and for our sustainability strategy.

Sustainable water management is our duty considering the different environmental and social context of the countries where we operate. High water stress and areas of potential depletion need priority intervention in our water improvement path as a part of our climate change strategy.

All group production plants are equipped with systems and procedures to monitor consumption and wastewater. In our cement production processes, which accounts more than 75% of the whole Group water consumption, water is used principally for cooling equipment, reducing the temperature of the gases exiting the kilns, de-dusting and cleaning activities. In wet and semi-wet processes, the consumption is higher due to water vaporization during the production phases. In ready-mix concrete production, water is instead used as raw material.

Our commitment for a more sustainable water management

We believe that the management framework most consistent with our sustainability strategy for a responsible use of water is the implementation and maintenance of an environmental management systems compliant with the ISO 14001 standard. In 2022, 92% of total cement production took place at sites where the Environmental Management System is certified ISO 14001. We aim to obtain the mentioned certification for all cement plants by 2025.

Our commitments:

  • Water supply is considered in the risk / opportunity assessment of our activities. We carry out regular monitoring of water risk considering the location of our assets and local specific stress conditions.
  • We promote efficient water management practices, through, but not limited to, recycling / reusing, minimization of freshwater withdrawals, containment of wastewater discharges, minimization of water losses, use of alternative water resources, development of sustainable products also by leveraging circularity. Such initiatives are even more important at cement production sites located in high water stress areasaccording to the World Resources Institute's “Aqueduct” risk map.
  • We adopt a system for the monitoring, control and periodic progress reporting in each site in achieving the objectives according to internationally recognized indicators.
  • We develop a constructive collaboration relationship, based on maximum openness and trust, towards local communities and institutions because we believe in sharing the challenges for water conservation as a common resource.
  • We encourage employees and third parties along the supply chain to develop and demonstrate responsible behavior toward sustainable water use and safeguarding.
  • We ensure compliance with all applicable local, regional, national and international legislation.


Aqueduct's water risk indicators map water hazards such as floods, drought and stress, using open-source data. The indicators have been developed using long-term hydrological modeling and are periodically updated.

Water stress measures the ratio between the total water withdrawals and the available surface and underground renewable reserves (stocks) in a specific geographical area. Withdrawals include domestic, industrial and agricultural uses, consumed and not consumed.

Higher values of the indicator indicate greater competition between users and therefore greater stress.

The areas with high water stress risk are those with values higher than 40%.

By 2030, the Group will reduce water consumption per ton of cement by 20% compared to 2019. In areas with high water stress, which already have specific consumption lower than the Group average, the goal is to reduce water consumption per ton of cement by 25%.


Water stress future scenarios

  Unit 2022 2030 2040
Cement plants operating in high and extremely high water stress areas % 36 54 64
Sites operating in high and extremely high water stress areas % 35 39 41
2030 Water consumption reduction targets


At Group level


in the most vulnerable geographic areas
Water consumption for the Group Unit 2019 2020 2021 2022 2030
Specific water consumption  Liters/TCE 480 445 413 402 384
Reduction vs. 2019     -7% -14% -16% -20%


Water consumption - high water stress areas Unit 2019 2020 2021 2022 2030
Specific water consumption  Liters/TCE 280 287 276 257 210
Reduction vs. 2019     0% -1.5% -8% -25%
In 2022 the following plants adopted ISO 14001- certified management system:



Cement plants

(92% of production)



RMC plants

(30% of production)



Waste plants

Transparency as a fundamental value

In 2022, Cementir has obtained a leadership position in CDP Water Security with an A- score, ranking above the sector (B) and European average (B).

CDP regularly assesses how transparently companies report on their water management activities and how they reduce risks. 

CDP Questionnaire
The sustainable reuse of water

In the Clypot quarry, in Belgium, located in an area with high water stress, we entered into a contract with the local authority to recover the quarry water and redirect it into the public distribution network, after its potabilization. The wastewater treatment process involves both the elimination of solid parts and unwanted chemical elements such as iron or manganese and specific controls to ensure their bacteriological quality.

During 2022, the volume of Clypot quarry water sent for potabilization was 741 thousand of m3. Our target is to maximize the supply including for the future the Gaurain quarry reaching totally about 5,000 thousand of m3.

The operation on Clypot allows the recovering quarry water in the public distribution network for supplying 20,000 households and avoiding the local authority production from wells and thus spare the aquifer in a high water stress area, such as Clypot in Belgium.

Reducing drinking water usage in Aalborg, Denmark

Aalborg cement plant used drinking water sprinkling for dust reduction on the coal storage at the harbour. We studied the possibility of using technical water (e.g., water from chalk pit) to such purpose. We installed new piping from power central station area to the harbour, including valves, improving water efficiency management.

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