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Improving water efficiency worldwide

Water is invaluable to our business – and to the environment and communities around us. We're improving the water efficiency of our operations all over the world.

We aim to improve water efficiency across our operations by 30% by 2015. We are currently ahead of schedule, having made improvements of 19.0% since 2007, with 7.2% improvements in the past year – but we know that efficiencies will get progressively harder to find.

While some savings are the result of major investments, most come from diligent improvements to equipment, processes and behaviour. For example, at our Achimota brewery in Ghana, water efficiency improved by 29% through a programme of continuous improvement initiatives including water recovery from bottle washers and water recycling from pasteurisers. Many of these best practice approaches were adopted from our Huntingwood packaging plant in Australia, which was a finalist for the 2010 Prime Minister Water Wise Award. Across both our sites in Ghana, we saved 154,000m3 of water in 2012 compared to the previous year. At our brewery in Uganda, water efficiency increased by 20% in 2012 through improvements to our packaging lines and the implementation of better water recovery systems at various stages in our process and packaging operations.

For information about the impact our water use has on local sources, see our wider environment section.

Water use (m3)

Total water use by year (1,000s m3)

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  1. 2007 baseline data and data for the four years ended 30 June 2011 have been restated in accordance with Diageo Environmental Reporting Guidelines.

^ Total water use for the year ended 30 June 2012 is covered by KPMG’s independent assurance report.

Water use by region, by year (1,000s m3)

Region 2007 2010 2011 2012
North America 4,342 3,187 2,749 2,429
Europe 11,291 9,756 9,467 9,186
Africa 9,762 9,938 10,355 10,181
Latin America and Caribbean 1,351 967 854 761
Asia Pacific 343 252 269 279
Corporate 166 333 234 234
Diageo (total) 27,2551 24,4331 23,9281 23,070^
Water efficiency (l/l)

Total water efficiency by year (l/l)

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  1. 2007 baseline data and data for the four years ended 30 June 2011 have been restated in accordance with Diageo Environmental Reporting Guidelines.

^ Total water use for the year ended 30 June 2012 is covered by KPMG’s independent assurance report.

Water efficiency by region, by year (l/l)

Region 20071 20101 2011 2012
North America 6.6 6.0 5.5 4.9
Europe 7.6 6.8 6.7 6.6
Africa 9.4 7.6 7.6 6.9
Latin America and Caribbean 14.2 11.9 11.3 10.7
Asia Pacific 2.3 2.0 2.1 2.0
Diageo (total) 7.91 7.11 6.91 6.4^
Total water withdrawn by source 2012 (1,000s m3)
Region Mains water1 Ground
(borehole / well)
Surface water
(river / lake)
North America 1,240 610 579
Europe 4,338 3,894 954
Africa 3,245 6,389 570
Latin America and Caribbean - 761 -
Asia Pacific 266 - 13
Corporate 232 3 -
Diageo (total) 9,321 11,657 2,116
  1. Data includes 234,000m3 of water given to communities.

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