Water is an important input material for Sika’s production. The increasing water scarcity in many regions of the world may be a potential threat to business growth and expansion. Especially in regions where freshwater is scarce, businesses may be exposed to water shortages, lower water quality, water price volatility, and reputational issues.
Efficient production projects have been implemented using closed loop cooling, cooling towers, and switching from public to groundwater to reduce the amount of processed drinking water used in production. With these measures coupled with the reuse of treated wastewater, and the collection of rainwater at various production sites, Sika has reduced its water consumption on a large scale over the past years. In the new Strategy 2028, Sika set the target to reduce by -15% water discharge per ton sold.