Management of Water Resources in Scarcity Areas

The ongoing action aims to improve the management of the water issue in our long-term business strategy, and our main goal is qualitative and is widely disclosed in Our 2030 Commitments.
The consumption of water in the cement process is not highly relevant, given the low water intake and the low impact of the process on the quality of the water that returns to the water body, but even so, our operations may be impacted by low water availability, both local (due to the direct use of water in its operations) and national (VC is a company that consumes electricity, a significant part of which is generated from hydroelectric power stations).
In this context, the planned actions include:
• improve the monitoring system for Water Resources indicators within PortalSIM;
• review the classification of Votorantim Cimentos' units located in water scarce areas, considering the Aqueduct 3.0 and Water Risk Filter tools to analyze potential risks related to water for operations and
• provide instruments to review the methodology of the Water Management Plans (PGA), improving and expanding the management of the topic in the company.

Implementing a water management plan in areas of scarcity in our business units has been part of the company's culture since Our 2020 Commitments.
This work began in 2015 with the construction of the Corporate Guide for Preparing the Water Management Plan, which aimed to implement the Water Roadmap, prepared by the company.
In 2020, there was compliance with 90% of the six water measures in all units defined as in areas of water scarcity in 2015. The 10% not complied with are partial implementations of innovation and identification and partial protection of priority areas that were planned for 2020, however, they were postponed considering the difficulty of execution in the context of the pandemic.
In that same year, seeking to improve the Water Resources indicator monitoring system, the creation of the Water Stress Panel on the SIM Portal began, making it possible to generate a history on a reliable platform that is widely used in the company. This step made it possible for us to identify, together with the units, possible adjustments in measurements and better monitoring of the generated indicators, no longer being analyzed only once a year, but monthly in meetings with the board.
Also in this regard, considering the water collection indicators, some units now have automated and point-to-point management of water consumption, with the possibility of inserting interlocks in the control systems, allowing better management of water collection.

Right now, our biggest challenge is to update the panel of units in areas of water scarcity. The Aqueduct and Water Risk Filter tools will be used to identify risks and make an updated list of units located in areas of water scarcity, and a forecast of potential water-related risks will be made for the years 2030 and 2040.
Indicators of capture, release and specific consumption of water within operations at the national level will be reported so that an annual analysis of the performance of the units can be carried out, especially those present in this scarcity scope.
Still in the update of this scarcity scope, we will identify local issues on the subject in an attempt to develop a database on water quality of local water bodies, water availability, use and other publicly available indicators, in order to individualize the identified aspects at the Aqueduct. At this specific point, a major challenge is the availability of local and specific data for the water basins of the Votorantim units, so this project should take an approximate time of 1 year and a half to 2 years in duration.
Finally, a review of the procedures of the Water Management Plans (PGA) will be carried out, in order to make it simpler and more practical for the units (more applicable to their reality) and more connected with other external tools of communication, management and discussion about water use.

Votorantim Cimentos is a company that is constantly working to improve its position as a prominent company on the world stage and as the conscious use of water is a global issue that requires large-scale collaborative solutions, the company is willing to improve its in order to link with the overall water management strategy, which can mitigate the risk of scarcity and benefit stakeholders. The execution of this goal will be evaluated at all times by the Corporate Environment team, which will have the reporting and support of those responsible for the Environment in operations.
Hourly, indicators such as water consumption, collection and disposal, by type of source, will be monitored at the units. As it matures over time, it is expected to collect water reuse indicators and other indicators identified as relevant in updating water scarcity areas.

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