Water use is closely monitored and measures are taken to minimize consumption, including circulation of process and cooling water as a means to reduce the need for fresh water.
Sandvik’s emissions to water consist mainly of nitrogen compounds, oxygen-consuming substances and metals. All wastewater from production processes is treated before being released, to ensure that all discharges are below the acceptable limits.
In manufacturing operations, especially in hot environments, some water will inevitably transpire and evaporate. The evaporated volumes are insignificant in relation to production and water volumes. All water withdrawn is released back to recipients after relevant treatment, (either in our own treatment facilities, or in third-party treatment operations) or is recirculated and reused. Water withdrawal and discharges are conducted in a carefully controlled manner and subject to relevant permits.
Data on water
You find data on water in the note for environmental footprint in our Annual report.