About 97% of the planet's water is contained in the oceans and seas, 2% consists of fresh water stored in the polar icecaps and glaciers and only 1% is readily available fresh water (lakes, rivers, groundwater). Climate change is only partially responsible for the progressive reduction of water; other causes are the increase in demand due to various factors, including, among others, increasing population, urban expansion, economic development and also modified diet regimens.
Autogrill is fully aware of and recognizes how important it is to correctly manage water and, for this reason, the Group has undertaken several projects.
In the Italian stores water supply needs are met through uptake from the public waterworks: water is used for the management of toilets, kitchen activities and the fire-fighting systems. In the areas located far from the public waterworks, water is drawn from wells and/or rivers, while water drainage management complies with the applicable local and national regulations.
In the stores where Autogrill is responsible for the management of toilets, the largest quantity of water used is concentrated there. Unlike energy, water is a source that is only partially renewable and, consequently, savings can only be reached by reducing consumption. In this respect, Autogrill is deeply committed. In all major countries in which the Group operates, stores use rainwater for the toilets, while a self-cleaning mechanical system is progressively being installed in the stores to replace the traditional water-based system. In recent years, water regulation systems, two-way water taps, air/ water mixer valves and presence detection systems have been installed to optimize water consumption in the stores.
As with power, actions targeting savings and reduced consumption are continuously combined with control and prevention systems in the main stores.