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Water Stewardship
GRI 303-1, GRI 303-3, GRI 303-4, GRI 303-5
Climate change and exponential economic growth have caused changes in water use patterns, and resulted in a greater risk of water shortages. With these potential risks in mind, ThaiBev has conducted a comprehensive water management analysis that looks at the entire value chain.

ThaiBev encourages the development of innovations to maximize efficient water usage, and to control the quality of water discharged into surface water to meet quality standards. ThaiBev assesses the sustainability of water use to reduce the risks and impacts of water consumption for both the short and long term.

The company has also collaborated with local communities to protect watersheds by organizing tree-planting activities and building check dams to conserve water resources.

Surface Water and Groundwater Sustainability Assessment

ThaiBev initiated the Water Sustainability Assessment (WSA) for both surface water and groundwater, beginning with Sura Bangyikhan Co., Ltd. Pathum Thani Province in 2017, and Beer Thip Brewery (1991) Co., Ltd. Phra Nakorn Si Ayutthaya Province in 2018. The objective was to conduct an in-depth assessment of present and future water risks covering the following four areas:

  • 1. Water Availability
  • 2. Water Quality
  • 3. Regulatory Changes
  • 4. Stakeholder Perceptions

Satellite imagery is used to study watershed topography, water flow direction, drainage, slope patterns, and trends of water usage during the past ten years. This allows ThaiBev to create a comprehensive risk mitigation strategy that is appropriate for local conditions. It also allows the company to assess sustainability and implement water management plans for maximum efficiency in each production area.

Plans are made for water stewardship, both in terms of quality and quantity, as ThaiBev aims to become a leader in water management practices in the beverage industry.

In 2019-2020, ThaiBev plans to conduct water sustainability assessments in five more factories to cover all of its business groups, and will expand this activity to cover all factories to ensure a sustainable business operation.

Water Footprint

A water footprint consists of consumption data for both direct and indirect water usage for production and services throughout the supply chain. ThaiBev uses water footprint calculations to assess its water use and discharge rates, enabling the company to set water management policies to maximize the efficient use of water resources. ThaiBev is always looking for ways to reduce its water footprint by applying the 3Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The company considers its environmental impact, and attempts to reduce the risk of water shortages that can have a direct impact on its business. ThaiBev collaborates with its suppliers to better manage the use of water to ensure greater sustainability throughout the supply chain.

Upstream Forest Conservation and Community Water Stewardship

ThaiBev has consistently implemented water management projects with all of its internal and external stakeholders with the goal of preserving upstream forests. The company has collaborated with local communities to conserve water resources and protect ecosystems through the following projects:

  • The Water Retention Project for Community Agriculture

    The ThaiBev community development team, along with employee volunteers, worked on a water retention project to support community agriculture in Na Suan Sub-district, Sri Sawat District, Kanchanaburi Province. The project helps communities retain water by digging wells in areas prone to flooding and waterlogging. These function as a water catchment area. This project is designed to reduce the problem of water erosion on hillsides, and retain soil moisture for community farming. It is part of an organic agriculture program that ThaiBev sponsors, to ensure the most efficient use of water for the community. A group of speakers from Nong Nok Kaeo Subdistrict Administrative Organization (SAO) in Lao Khwan District, Kanchanaburi Province, provided advice on the best well system practices and water storage procedures for the area, a demonstration of how academic knowledge can complement local knowledge to help manage water sustainability.

  • Water Conservation Program

    ThaiBev collaborates with communities and stakeholders involved in water use and water resource conservation, and supports local communities’ fair and equitable access to water resources. In 2019, ThaiBev implemented social and water conservation programs in six provinces across the country: namely, vetiver grass planting in Phetchaburi Province, mangrove planting in Samut Sakhon Province, constructing water retention ponds for agricultural use in Kanchanaburi Province, planting mulberry trees and constructing houses to raise silkworms in Khon Kaen Province, planting mangroves and installing bamboo sticks as a tidal erosion barrier in Chanthaburi Province and building check dams in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.

  • Clean Drinking Water for Children

    ThaiBev partnered with Wat Phuet Nimit School, Wat Lat Sai School, and Wat Kudi Prasit School in Pathum Thani and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Provinces to improve the school drinking water system. Water quality is monitored on a regular basis by collecting water samples and analyzing them at the factory’s laboratory, a facility certified by the Department of Industrial Works. The project also provides basic training about maintenance and cleaning of the water filtration system so that students always have clean, hygienic drinking water that meets quality standards. Students can also apply this knowledge at home. ThaiBev plans to extend this project to all schools in the areas surrounding the factory.

  • Weed Removal in Public Canals

    The spirit product group collaborated with Nakhon Chai Sri Sub-District Municipality in Nakhon Pathom Province and the local community to organize an activity called the “Weed and Water Hyacinth Removal in Public Canal Project.” This project encouraged communities to participate in addressing environmental pollution problems by removing weeds and water hyacinths in public canals in the Nakhon Chai Sri Sub-District. The project raised awareness in the community about the value of the environment, how to better protect and manage natural resources, and the importance of cleanliness.

  • Clean Water Project in Myanmar

    The Grand Royal Group (GRG) has launched a “Clean Water” project with the aim of improving the quality of life and wellbeing of residents in the Yangon, Mandalay, and Irrawaddy River areas, many of whom still lack access to clean and hygienic drinking water. This project can help avoid the problem of clean water shortages during a crisis or disaster.

    The GRG partnered with local authorities to build wells and water tanks for local consumption and utilization. A committee was established to maintain the projects and to educate local residents on the topic of “water treatment methods in disaster situations.”

    From April 2016 to September 2019, the GRG constructed eight wells, 16 water tanks, and five wastewater treatment facilities, serving more than 40,000 people and 6,000 households throughout Myanmar. According to a report, the project helped provide clean water to nine villages and one township in Yangon and Mandalay, and was able to reduce the health problems of 840 people caused by unclean water sources.

Commitments and Achievements

Effective water management in 2019 resulted in the reduction, reuse, and recycling of water in the following ways:

  • The reverse osmosis center project
    to process water from surface water to reduce groundwater consumption.
  • The reuse of wastewater from the reverse osmosis (RO) project
    for sand filter backwash process in water treatment system.
  • The reuse waste water from Bottle Washers
    for boiler wet scrubber.
  • The use of condensate as boiler feed water to reduce
    surface water consumption.
  • The use of water from the CO2 scrubber process
    as the input for water treatment processes to reduce surface water consumption.
  • The use of water from the backwash process
    as an input in the water treatment process to reduce surface water consumption.
  • The use of water from the wastewater treatment process
    for cleaning and gardening.

Ulit Jaturasangpairoj
GIS Manager
TCC Technology Co., Ltd.
Remote Sensing Technology for Water Management
At present, the remote sensing technology for water cycle tracking is advanced and has many applications, such as earth exploration satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, and ground measurement stations. This enables us to integrate more data in our reporting and analyzes. The application of such technology in water management can be divided into two parts: water demand and water supply.

For water demand, the remote sensing technology can be applied to track the phenology from data collected by satellites with a near-infrared wavelength, such as Landsat, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) or Thai Chot (THEOS), Thailand’s first satellite for earth exploration. Remote sensing can also be used to calculate evapotranspiration rates, by using data from satellites with thermal infrared bands such as Landsat, MODIS, and Suomi NPP.

For water supply, the remote sensing technology can be used to delineate, locate, and estimate the surface water body size. It also helps estimate the amount of precipitation using passive and active microwave sensors from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, by using Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR).

Another important variable in the water cycle is soil moisture. In the past, soil moisture levels could only be measured directly in the field. Now it can be measured and mapped using the Soil Moisture Active Passive Satellite (SMAP), by analyzing the electromagnetic radiation properties of water and soil.

It is necessary that water management in the “Thailand 4.0” era be more systematic by applying various technologies, such as remote sensing technology, ground sensor networks, and the Internet of Things. Data can be analyzed in real time and with greater dimensions.
Moving Forward In 2020
Reduction of water intensity by 2020,
compared to 2014

Beverage business
4.08 hL/hL
Water intensity of the Beverage business

Water Intensity of Beverage Business
from 2016 to 2019

Remarks : *Water Intensity of Beverage business in Thailand

**Water Intensity of Beverage business Including overseas in 2019 is 4.08 hL/hL

***The 2020 Intensity Reduction Target is 5% in comparison to the base year 2014

Reduction of water intensity by 2020,
compared to 2014

Food business
0.21 hL/hL
Water intensity of the Food business

Water Intensity of Food Business
from 2017 to 2019