Water Management

Value Chain Boundaries

Impacts of this topic reach Argos’ procurement processes and the supply chain.Supliers
Impacts of this topic are evaluated throughout all Argos operations.Argos
Impacts of this topic reach our industrial and/or retail clients.Clients
Impacts of this topic reach our communities, authorities and other individuals of the society.Society

Our management approach

Added value to the company

Proper water stewardship means taking care of a resource that does not belong to us and is needed for the daily life of neighboring communities and our operations. By carefully taking care of this resource, we ensure long-term business viability and availability for stakeholders near our operations.

Added value to society

Through our water management strategy, we contribute to preserving the quantity, quality, and availability of this valuable resource for the ecosystem as well as neighboring communities. The cost to society for 2016 derived from water consumption decreased by 13.5% compared to 2015 according to our Value Added Statement – VAS.

103-2 Initiatives, commitments, and policies


Cement Sustainability Initiative

CEO Water Mandate

Sustainability Policy

Environmental Policy

103-2 Governance

Sustainability and Corporate Governance Committee
Sustainability
VP
Environmental Corp Director and Managers
Regional
VP
Environmental Regional Directors and Managers/plant Director

2016 performance

  • We continued using the Global Water Tool to assess the global water risk level of our operations and expanded the analysis to our critical suppliers.
  • We selected and implemented the Water Risk Filter to assess the local water risk level of our operations.
  • We joined the Suizagua III Project, a partnership that will allow us to expand the measurement and management of the water footprint of some of our facilities and critical suppliers.
  • We formulated Water Consumption Measurement and Reduction Plans for the cement and concrete businesses in our three regions.
  • For the CCA Region, we enhanced the reliability of water monitoring through the installation of measurement devices and the establishment of quantification and reporting protocols.
  • We are industry leaders in water management, as recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index three years in a row.
  • There was an increase in water withdrawal for the cement business as a result of the implementation of the Argos guidance on good practices for water accounting and the formulation of the Water Measurement and Reduction Plans for the facilities, which has allowed us identify and measure significant hidden water flows, especially at the Harleyville and Roberta plants.
  • Recycled water volume in the cement business increases due to the identification of large flows of water recirculated at Newberry plant that were not taken into account in previous years. This improvement in the report is the result of the implementation of the Argos water accounting and reporting guidelines and the formulation of water measurement and reduction plans for the facilities.

Upcoming challenges

  • To ensure the long-term water availability, quantity, and quality for the company and its stakeholders.
Natural reserve, Rioclaro, Colombia

303-1 TOTAL WATER WITHDRAWAL m3

Cement
Millions of m3

20169.3
20156.1
20146.8
20136.2

Concrete
Millions of m3

20162.7
20152.8
20143.1
20132.5

Generation of energy
Millions of m3

2016393.3
2015384.7
2014351.1
2013362.3

Aggregates
Thousands of m3

2016315
2015187
2014260
2013382

A-A1 Environmental Policy indicator
Specific consumption of water

Cement
(L/t)

2016408
2015350
2014535

Concrete
(L/m3)

2016236
2015249
2014281

Aggregates
(L/t)

2016117
201564
2014102

We decreased the specific consumption of water of the cement business by 37% and by 13% in the concrete business, compared to 2012, so we surpassed the goal that was initially set for cement (30%).

303-3 VOLUME and PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL WATER RECYCLED AND REUSED

2015
2016
m3
%
m3
%
Cement
2,468,982
41
7,899,210
85
Concrete
551,966
20
791,235
30
Generation of energy
25,752,257
6.7
19,713,029
5
Aggregates
298,376
159.3
269,696
86
2016 Goal tracking
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· We implemented a training program based on the Water Reporting Protocol and the Guidance on Water Accounting in the three regions.
· We continued identifying global water risks for our operations and broadened the scope to our critical suppliers.
· We selected and implemented a local water risk evaluation and management tool for our operations.
Metas 2017
  • We will begin with the implementation of the Suizagua III Project.
  • We will continue assessing our global and local water risks in order to prioritize actions to minimize those identified.
  • We will develop guidelines for proper water management to implement in our operations for upcoming years.

2025:

  • We will reduce specific water consumption by 30% in the cement business and 20% in the concrete production.