Water consumptionWe believe that water is an extremely important resource and we try to use it sparingly at all Group sites. In 2013, 562,898 m3of water was consumed, equal to 17 m3  per capita (-11.6% compared with 2012). The water is mainly used for hygienic and sanitary purposes and for the operation and cooling of air conditioning equipment; only at some sites is water also used to water green areas. Almost all of the water consumed comes from municipal or state water mains; only a tiny quantity of the water consumed, equal to 0.1%, is groundwater, which is used only rarely, above all in the summer, in Austria (200 m3) and Germany (171 m3). In addition, 240 m3 of rainwater was collected using special tanks at some sites in Germany and then reused to water green areas.

We also withdrew 426,469 m3 of water from the Po River in Italy and Lake Lugano in Switzerland, and used it as industrial water for the cooling systems. As such, a total of 989,367 m3 of water was withdrawn.

To reduce water consumption we have introduced systems at our sites that mix water and air; alternatively, we have installed photocells or timed controls that make it possible to control water flows and reduce the waste of this resource to a minimum.

In order to reinforce and demonstrate its commitment to reducing water consumption, in 2011 the Group signed the CDP Water Disclosure Project, an international initiative that seeks to raise the awareness of businesses as regards the sustainable management of water.

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. - C.F. e P.IVA 00079760328