Water consumption

For the first time, Vossloh has included the issue of water consumption in this nonfinancial statement, which the Executive Board deemed a major issue on December 9, 2019. The company uses water in its production facilities primarily for the surface treatment of its products, as a coolant in various production processes, and to produce concrete ties. Drinking and sanitary water is also required at all locations. Vossloh units obtain the water from the respective local public water supply systems. The company intends to use this basic resource as efficiently as possible. As such, used water is reprocessed in our own plants and returned to the operating process, particularly in production areas that require a substantial amount of water. Where technically possible, the production units work with closed water circuits. At all of its sites Vossloh disposes of wastewater via the respective public sewage systems. Process water that is heavily contaminated during production is first treated in our own wastewater treatment plants in such a way that it (at least) meets the discharge standards of the public systems.

The following table illustrates the Vossloh Group’s water consumption for the 2019 fiscal year as determined by the water meters:

m3 (Vossloh Group)*2019
Water consumption145,145.6

* 2,180.1 m3 of water consumption was calculated for the Transportation division in 2019, which is reported as discontinued operations.

Projects such as the “Factory of the Future” by Vossloh Fastening Systems in Werdohl or the modern foundry “OT 2020” by Vossloh Switch Systems in Outreau also focus on reducing water consumption. The modernization measures implemented in Outreau in 2019 already had a pleasing result in this respect: Only 2.69 cubic meters of water (primarily rainwater collected on the premises) were needed in 2019 for producing a switch component. In 2018, this would have needed over 200 m3.