First Stop on the Road to Corporate Water Reporting: Measurement

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Eva Zabey, Water and Ecosystems, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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Water is used to make every product on Earth, and so all businesses, and all sectors, depend on it in some way. People are becoming more aware of water concerns and how it is allocated. Increasingly the spotlight is being cast on business, one of the world’s most significant users of water. Even if different businesses use water and will be challenged in different ways, external demands on companies to demonstrate sustainable water management are intensifying. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) developed the Global Water Tool© in 2007 to help companies manage their water-related risks. The “water footprint” concept is generating ever-more interest worldwide, but there are also other measurement methods being developed. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is putting together standards on water footprinting requirements and guidelines. The Alliance for Water Stewardship is going to develop voluntary certification schemes. And the Carbon Disclosure Project has recently announced it will be collecting information on corporate water use. The WBCSD has been following progress and representing the leading business voice in a number of these burgeoning initiatives. This presentation will provide insights on how the pressure to report got switched on and what companies can do with the tools available today. Eva Zabey has been at the WBCSD for over five years, and currently works on water and ecosystems. Projects she has led and coordinated include the Water Scenarios to 2025, the Global Water Tool, facts on agricultural ecosystems and the links between water, energy and climate change. Her background is in ecology (BSc from Imperial College London) and she has a Master’s in Management and Engineering of the Environment from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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