Water & Waste Water

Water & waste water

Water is essential in all of our production processes. That’s why the sustainable use and discharging of water is so important at all of our sites.

The smart solution: We use the water contained in the agricultural produce itself for production purposes. This means that a significant volume of the water that a sugar refinery needs reaches the refinery in the raw materials to be processed – the sugar beet. Sugar beet consist of around 75 % water; water which is extracted during the production of sugar. This water is not only used to extract the sugar from the cossettes (the sliced sugar beet), but also for transporting and cleaning the sugar beet. The water used is repeatedly cleaned and recirculated. This system functions similarly in the case of producing juice concentrate from apples, which have a water content of around 86 %.

AGRANA thus obtains process water from its raw materials and, after using and treating the water on-site or in communal waste water treatment plants in accordance with all legal requirements, makes it available to other users. Overall, the AGRANA Group discharges more water than it withdraws and thus has a negative water consumption balance.

Water consumption of the AGRANA Group

 

Water consumption in processing

AGRANA sugar plants 

Water consumption in processing at AGRANA sugar plants (within the GRI report boundary)

 

2019|20

2018|19

2017|18

Water withdrawal in m³ per tonne of core and by-products2.452.332.14
Water discharge in m³ per tonne of core and by-products3.453.643.19
Water consumption in m³ per tonne of core and by-products(1.00)(1.31)(1.05)

 

AGRANA starch plants

Water consumption in processing at AGRANA starch plants  (within the GRI report boundary)

 

2019|20

2018|19

2017|18

Water withdrawal in m³ per tonne of core and by-products4.594.864.66
Water discharge in m³ per tonne of core and by-products4.004.224.27
Water consumption in m³ per tonne of core and by-products0.590.640.39

AGRANA Fruit segment plants

Water Consumtpion in processing at AGRANA Fruit segment plants (within the GRI report boundary)

 

2019|20

2018|19

2017|18

Water withdrawal in m³ per tonne of core and by-products4.724.294.39
Water discharge in m³ per tonne of core and by-products4.674.164.03
Water consumption in m³ per tonne of core and by-products0.050.130.36