Morgan Advanced Materials

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Water is a precious resource and we're committed to using water effectively in our production processes and across our sites. Water scarcity is an increasing challenge in many parts of the world.

As the world tackles climate change, our bio-energy demands will exacerbate water demand, meaning many will face water scarcity due to both physical shortages and scarcity in access. We use water in a number of our manufacturing processes, and we recognise that in some instances our water demands are in areas of increasing water stress. By improving our water usage we will positively impact the local communities in which we operate, and therefore society more generally.

Water is used both for production operations and sanitary purposes in our facilities. Our aim is to utilise water sustainably throughout our business.

Our Aspiration Our 2030 Goals

Use water sustainably across our business.

30% reduction in water use in high and extremely high stress areas.

30% reduction in total water usage.


2023 progress and performance

In 2023, our overall water usage decreased by 11% compared with 2022 and water in high-stress areas has reduced by 14%. We are on track to meet our 2030 goal.

  • Total water withdrawal is 1.72 million m3; which is an 11% decrease over 2022 levels and a 26% decrease over 2015. This reduction was driven by our investment in water recirculation projects in late 2022 and through 2023, better water management practices and changes in product mix.
  • Water withdrawal intensity is measured at 1,543m3/£m, compared to 1,738m3/£m of 2022.
  • Total water withdrawal in water-stressed areas was 332,687m3. This is 14% lower than 2022 with a 23% decrease over 2015.
  • Achieved a ‘B-’ management score for water security from CDP, recognising we are taking co-ordinated action on water issues.
Water stressed areas

Morgan Advanced Materials identifies water-stressed sites using the 'Aqueduct Projected Water Stress Country Rankings'. We determine our water stressed sites by referring to the list of countries categorised into high (40-80% | score 3-4) and extremely high (>80% score 4-5) water stress levels.

We utilise the 2030 business-as-usual scenario for industrial water usage to classify sites in water-stressed areas. For 2023 the list of water-stressed countries was revised to include Spain, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, India, UAE, Argentina, China and Australia. Additionally, our sites in the state of California USA, are included in our water stress figures, based on water stress issues within the state. Following this, we have restated our 2015 baseline and all metrics are now compared to the new baseline.

What's next?

Morgan Advanced Materials is committed to investing in CAPEX projects aimed at achieving water savings across our global sites. These water-saving initiatives include various methods, such as rainwater harvesting and wastewater recycling. In addition, we have a programme to detect and reduce water leaks at our production sites, as part of our efforts to address the water losses identified.