• In 2010 Pirelli’s specific water withdrawal was reduced by more than 11% from the previous year
  • -35% H2O specific withdrawal by 2015
  • The project aimed to reduce the impact on water resources is named Water Project and streamlines internal consumption and manages the “water footprint”

Water touches practically all aspects of our lives. Water is the lifeblood of our planet - providing the life line to people, communities, biodiversity and in fact our economy as a whole and climate change threatens those very same things and to a large extent through impacts on water.
UN-Water Vice-chair Tim Kasten

The geographic distribution of Pirelli production plants gives a representative and varied view of the current situation of water resources. Although the Group’s production processes need modest quantities of water, as compared with the more waterintensive activities that are largely dedicated to thermal exchanges, there is a clear discrepancy in terms of the availability and quality that distinguishes the areas where production plants are located. This discrepancy characterises ever-widening phenomena in everyday life around the world that have major repercussions at the local level.

-35% H2O specific withdrawal by 2015

Pirelli has decided to complement its efforts to reduce the impact of this phenomenon on climate changes with a concrete objective of reducing its own water use by 2015. It is included this goal in a project to reduce the pressure water resources, called “Water Project.”

In practice, the “Water Project” will guarantee continuation of previously launched programmes for streamlining internal consumption, and on the other hand identification and management of its “water footprint”, i.e. its impact on water resources throughout the entire tyre life cycle. The importance of the goal testifies to the effort made by Pirelli to sustainable development of its activities, and water might be the resource that best illustrates the concept of sustainability: the balance between the economic, social and environmental dimensions, the balance between economic value, which influences and is in turn influenced by physical availability and the possibility of satisfying social and environmental needs.

The application of the aforementioned project already gave the first result on the performace: in 2010 Pirelli’s specific water withdrawal was reduced by more than 11% from the previous year.



In regard to water discharges:

  • the volume of discharged industrial water is estimated to be about 8 million cubic metres, of which more than 70% was channelled to surface catch basins;
  • the remainder was discharged in the sewage system, to which non-industrial waste water was channelled;
  • before being discharged in the final catch basin, industrial waste water was subjected to periodic analysis, which did not reveal any violation of maximum concentrations allowed by local standards.