Sparing use of water

Global Wincor Nixdorf water data



in 1,000 m3





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The difference between water consumption (drinking water and groundwater) and wastewater discharge (direct and indirect) arises from water loss due to the evaporation of cooling and process water.


Groundwater is only extracted at the Paderborn production site. The groundwater extracted in this way is used as cooling water in an ecologically sound manner. We hold an official permit for this purpose.


Direct discharge into wastewater systems only occurs at the Paderborn site in the form of cooling water.

As Wincor Nixdorf’s fiscal year does not coincide with the calendar year, some of the figures in the last Sustainability Report were extrapolated or estimated. These extrapolated or estimated figures have been replaced with the actual figures in this year's report.

Consumption of drinking water




Consumption of ground water 1)




Direct discharge of wastewater 2)




Indirect discharge of wastewater




For us, it goes without saying that we have to avoid polluting our waterways and keep our consumption of water, as a natural resource, to an absolute minimum. We are committed to the sparing use of resources, so we cut our consumption of valuable drinking water wherever possible and utilize ground water for our manufacturing operations in Paderborn. We also reuse the process water that is required or used for manufacturing products with the help of industrial machinery, which also reduces our drinking water consumption.

In addition to the use of cooling water, we generate sewage and industrial wastewater at our manufacturing sites. At sites without manufacturing operations this is limited solely to sewage. Sewage and industrial wastewater are discharged into municipal treatment plants via public sewage systems. Industrial wastewater is pre-treated at our own wastewater facilities before being discharged into the municipal sewage treatment systems.

We regularly analyze the wastewater generated by our company to ensure it complies with all legal requirements and does not include any prohibited pollutants. We make the results of these analyses available to the supervisory authorities and engage in open, transparent dialogue.

We have managed to reduce the consumption of drinking water and the volume of wastewater emitted by the company compared to previous reporting periods.