Water is something that we tend to take for granted even though it is an essential element for life. It covers a majority of the Earth, but it’s easy to forget that only 1% is fit for human use. A recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) paints a grim picture when it comes to water usage during the next few decades.
We’re committed to water conservation and have taken active steps to reduce consumption at the top ten Amadeus sites.
During 2011 we reduced our water consumption mainly due to optimisation measures put in place in Sophia Antipolis.
We use a centralised system to alert us in case of leaks and to manage the quantity and duration of watering which is adjusted by area, types of plants, and season.
In 2012 we plan to enhance our management system to be able to monitor water consumption to identify any area for improvement and fine tune the settings in place.
Some sites, like our office in Miami, are now equipped with infrared sensor taps that reduce water use in lavatories.
Our office in Bad Homburg has installed a high-tech dishwasher which is estimated to provide savings of 500 litres of water per hour in use.
These are just the first steps in our ambitious plan to be leaders in environmental sustainability.
If you’d like to learn more about what we’re doing – have a look at our Corporate Responsibility Report 2011.