Water: 303-1 to 303-3

  • Management Approach

    The group recognises that water is an increasingly scarce and critical global resource. Although none of its operations are particularly water intensive, Barloworld is committed to more efficient water consumption through reduced withdrawal from municipal sources, prudent usage, increased recycling and water-harvesting initiatives.

    Through these initiatives, the group strives to minimise the risk of any future water constraints and realise the commercial benefits of effective and efficient water usage.

    Barloworld will continue to assess the physical, regulatory and reputational risks associated with water use and, where practicable, adapt its operations, processes and procedures accordingly. It will also pursue identified opportunities.

    The group endeavours to reduce withdrawal from municipal sources and consumption through a range of water efficiency measures and technologies throughout its divisions. These must make economic sense before being implemented but, where commercially sensible, including enhanced resilience, the group would typically adopt them. Where water-saving technologies are part of the group's product offerings, these new products are added to the group's portfolio. The main users of water in the group are motor retail operations, vehicle hire companies such as Avis Budget and the trucks in the logistics operations. The group completed the 2018 CDP Water disclosure for use as a tool to understand its water use, identify associated risks and opportunities, contribute to general knowledge and global databases, and identify further interventions to reduce consumption or enhance efficiency of use.

    Barloworld is committed to responsible water stewardship with group aspirational 2020 targets set. While progress against targets may not be linear over the target period, it is monitored and reported annually as part of the group's integrated reporting.

  • 303-1: Water withdrawal by source

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. Total volume of water withdrawn, with a breakdown by the following sources:
    i. Surface water, including water from wetlands, rivers, lakes, and oceans;
    ii. Ground water;
    iii. Rainwater collected directly and stored by the organization;
    iv. Waste water from another organization;
    v. Municipal water supplies or other public or private water utilities.
    b. Standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.
    Integrated Report:

    Although a relatively insignificant consumer of water, Barloworld acknowledges the scarcity of the resource and strives to use water more efficiently. The group also increasingly recycles water and harvests where possible. Most water is sourced from local municipal and government supply systems and used predominately for the washing of vehicles, plant and equipment. To better understand our water use, and contribute to the knowledge and data on water use, we participated in the CDP's 2018 Water disclosure.

    Water withdrawals* (ML) by division 2018 2017 2016
    Equipment and Handling  171  172  232
       Equipment  170  170  227
       Handling  1  2 5
    Automotive and Logistics 415 500  521
       Automotive  277  348  388
       Logistics  138  152  133
    Corporate  2  2  2
    Barloworld Group  588  674  755
    Cubic metres (m3) - Barloworld Group 588 000 674 000 755 000

    * Municipal sources

    The above table reflects a 13% decrease in water withdrawals from municipal sources over prior year. Technologies have been applied to reduce domestic consumption as well. Some initiatives implemented in this regard include low flow shower heads and electronic sensor taps.

    Majority of our water is obtained from local authorities in the areas where we operate. As water is principally used to wash vehicles, plant and equipment, it is not removed from the areas of source. After proper treatment, it is legally discharged into local reticulation systems.

    Water monitoring systems are in place at most major sites to allow monitoring of consumption trends, identification of anomalies and mitigation against excessive and/or unnecessary use.

    Water withdrawal* Intensity by Division (KL per R1 million revenue) 2018 2017 2016
    Equipment and Handling 6.2 7.1 9.3
       Equipment 6.2 7.2 9.7
       Handling 10.0 2.8 3.4
    Automotive and Logistics 11.6 13.2 14.0
       Automotive 9.3 11.0 12.4
        Logistics 23.3 24.6 23.1
    Barloworld Group 9.3 10.9 12.2

    * Municipal sources

    To date our Motor Retail and car rental operations have installed rainwater harvesting capacity in excess of 594 000 litres.
    The volumes reported are based on actual utility bills received from the respective municipalities.

  • 303-2: Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. Total number of water sources significantly affected by withdrawal by type:
    I. Size of the water source;
    ii. Whether the source is designated as a nationally or internationally protected area;
    iii. Biodiversity value (such as species diversity and endemism, and total number of protected species);
    iv. Value or importance of the water source to local communities and indigenous peoples.
    b. Standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.
    Integrated Report:

    Barloworld's water use does not directly impact on any natural water sources. The majority of our water is obtained from local authorities in the areas where we operate. As water is principally used to wash vehicles, plant and equipment, it is not removed from the areas of source. After proper treatment, it is legally discharged into local reticulation systems.

    Water monitoring systems are in place at most major sites to allow monitoring of consumption trends, identification of anomalies and mitigation against excessive and/or unnecessary use and identification of water leaks. Some operations have rain water harvesting facilities and also make use of borehole water for irrigation purposes which limits the burden on the municipal water supply. The consumption through boreholes does not in any way negatively or significantly impact on the source.

  • 303-3: Water recycled and reused

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. Total volume of water recycled and reused by the organization.
    b. Total volume of water recycled and reused as a percentage of the total water withdrawal as specified in Disclosure 303-1.
    c. Standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.
    Integrated Report:

    The group recycled and reused 148.85 ML of water. This represents some 25.3% of water withdrawn from municipal and government supply systems.

    Water Recycled and Reused (ML) by division 2018 2017 2016
    Equipment and Handling 4.95 2.15 -  
       Equipment 4.95 2.15 -  
       Handling -   -   -  
    Automotive and Logistics 143.90 164.65 132.74
       Automotive 143.70 164.33 132.35
       Logistics  0.20  0.32 0.39
    Corporate -   -   -  
    Barloworld Group 148.85 166.80 132.74
    Cubic metres (m3) - Barloworld Group 148 845 166 801 132 741

    Barloworld's water use does not directly impact on any natural water sources. The majority of our water is obtained from local authorities in the areas where we operate. As water is principally used to wash vehicles, plant and equipment, it is not removed from the areas of source. After proper treatment, it is legally discharged into local reticulation systems. Reported recycled volumes are based on a combination of meter readings and calculations based on baseline water withdrawals.