LG Electronics aims to reduce 20% of water use by 2020 compared to the base year 2007 (intensity target per revenue in KRW) and keeps close track of the amount of water it uses and reuses at its production sites in Korea and overseas. In 2014, the total volume of water used at our production sites in Korea and overseas (including some R&D facilities in Korea) amounted to approximately 11.29 million tons, and 1.08 million tons of the water was reused. Although we estimate that the volume of water used at our business sites will continue to increase due to production capacity expansion for solar panels and our growing business portfolio (new businesses, including EV components), we are implementing a comprehensive range of conservation initiatives to manage our water use and reuse across our production sites in an effort to meet the target. For instance, the Gumi and Changwon Plants in Korea reuse heavy water after treatment, and the Noida Plant in India built a zero-discharge system that recycles all industrial wastewater from the plant and reuses it after treatment. Thanks to such efforts, the percentage of reused water in the total volume of water used has increased to 10 percent and is rising continuously.
LG Electronics monitors and manages the amount of wastewater generated and pollutants discharged into the river in full compliance with local laws and regulations. In Korea, the wastewater generated at our production sites is treated in two steps - first at the internal wastewater treatment facility and later at the local sewage treatment plant - before it is discharged into rivers. We manage the pollutant levels of the wastewater 50 percent lower than what is required by law and strive to minimize the amount of pollutants discharged into rivers through constant monitoring and management efforts.