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Water Management Policy

The aim of the EDP Group’s Water Management Policy is to contribute to the worldwide goal of promoting access to drinking water. Hence, the EDP Group acknowledges that:

1. Access to drinking water is a fundamental and universal human right;

2. Water is a natural resource that is irreplaceable in environmental, social and economic terms, and it should be protected, safeguarded and managed according to its unique value;

3. The pressures arising from human activities affect the quality and availability of water, impacting on ecosystems and, consequently, on human welfare;

4. Water is a key resource for the generation of electricity. The sector could be significantly affected by water scarcity, constraints on its use or local consumption.

 

Commitments



The EDP Group makes the following commitments in its activities, which are embodied in the EDP Sustainable Development Principles and in the particular context of its Environmental Policy:

1. Promote efficiency and continuous improvement of the sustainable management of water and its use in all processes and operations;

2. Include water use risk management in corporate decision-making;

3. Incorporate the need for sustainable water management in the corporate culture;

4. Publish the water management strategy and ensure the regular and transparent reporting of the results;

5. Actively work with all stakeholders to promote mechanisms that foster sustainability in water management;

6. Encourage sustainable water use in the EDP Group supply chain.


 

Water Management Strategy


Applying the Policy in Practice

The EDP Group has established the following guidelines to apply the Water Policy in practice:

1. Quantify and monitor water use and consumption in the company as well as the possible impact on the surrounding environment of such water use, with the aim of improving performance;

2. Assess and report the company's water footprint, analysing it against water availability of the local environment;

3. Identify and assess key risks for the Group regarding water use and consumption at all business phases;

4. Set goals related to efficient water management for electricity generation;

5. Define goals related to water use other than those of energy generation, particularly those originating wastewater;

6. Promote the implementation in the Group of the best international practices associated with water use and consumption in electricity generation;

7. Foster awareness raising among employees of sustainable water use and support initiatives to encourage water saving;

8. Develop initiatives to share best practices in the supply chain;

9. Support and participate in significant initiatives concerning the protection and sustainable use of water.


Approved by the Executive Board of Directors in the 27th November 2012.