No water wastage

Every drop counts.  For energy and food production, the environment and human survival. However, the amount of usable water is limited and is compromised by drought, huge water consumption, pollution and paved surfaces. Sustainable water consumption is a necessity.

What exactly we understand under health is explained in our definitions.

How does Colruyt Group keep its water footprint as small as possible?

1 Circularity of water consumption

  • Avoid use: use the correct type of water for the right application. Don't use drinking water when this is not necessary.
  • Reduce: use water sparingly, for example by optimising installations.
  • Reuse & recycle: collect and reuse rainwater and waste water as much as possible, possibly after water purification.
  • Replenish: buffer excess rainwater and allow to seep into the groundwater layer.

2 Protect water supplies

We aim to keep as much water as possible in the natural water cycle and out of the sewer system and on our sites for a minimal impact on the surface water and the underlying groundwater. We opt for permeable pavements and provide aboveground and underground systems to allow rainwater to infiltrate into the ground. 

3 Reduce the water footprint of our range

Agriculture is one of the biggest consumers of water, but other sectors guzzle water as well. We want to systematically reduce the water footprint of our range of products and services, and tackle ecotoxicity  and eutrophication in fresh and salt water. We work with producers and partners for this.

Our objectives and initiatives

Waste and rainwater

By 2025, 50% of our total water consumption (excluding drinking water for sale) will come from rainwater and waste water.

Status 2021

Goal 2025

Initiatives about 'Circularity of water consumption'

Zero discharge of rainwater

Our aim is zero discharge of rainwater in the sewers.

Partnership with producers

By 2024, we will have established at least one pilot project to provide sustainable water management services to primary producers. 

Audits and standards

By 2025, we will implement independent audits or water standards for 70% of the volume of fresh fruit and vegetables from countries with a high water risk.

Water for fruit and vegetables

By 2025, we will reduce water consumption for fresh fruit and vegetables to the best level (best practice) in three selected basins.