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Businesses will be key to solving water challenges, according to the Carbon Trust

Carbon Trust rolls out new water footprinting certification

Businesses with a smart approach to water consumption are being urged to sign up to the Carbon Trust's new Water Footprint label.

Each person consumes between 2,000-5,000 litres of water embedded in their food

Food and drink firms 'must improve efficiency' to protect dwindling water supply

The food and drink industry must curtail the amount of water used in production to avoid two thirds of the world's population living in 'water-scarce' areas by 2050.

The UK is at risk of being locked into a future in which water availability puts energy security at risk

Energy sector's use of water 'being ignored', says study

The vital issue of the energy sector's use of water is being overlooked by the current Government, putting energy security at risk.

Water is essential for energy production, but regional water concerns are creating significant financial risks

Water risk factor now 'closing in' on global coal industry

Businesses need to urgently address unmanaged water risks as new research highlights that more than half of the world's largest coal-producing and consuming countries are now facing high levels of water stress.

GHG emissions per metric tonne of food produced at Kelloggs in 2013 increased for the first time in five years

Kelloggs reports rise in emissions and water use

Major food manufacturer Kelloggs has reported increases in its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy usage and water consumption in 2013, largely due to acquiring snack producer Pringles in 2012.

The Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard defines criteria for good water stewardship and has been designed to align with other sustainability initiatives

Global brands sign up to international water stewardship standard

Several global organisations, including food companies Nestle and General Mills, have today announced their commitment to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard, which aims to promote a global framework for sustainable use of freshwater resources.

The UN says roughly 75% of all industrial water withdrawals are used for energy production

UN leaders put water and energy demand top of global development agenda

United Nations (UN) leaders have highlighted the risks associated with the growing relationship between water and energy in the run up to World Water Day (Saturday 22 March).

IHG said water use per occupied room in water-stressed areas decreased by 4.6% from 2012 to 2013

IHG reduces water and carbon 'per occupied hotel room'

Global hotel franchise InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) reduced its carbon footprint and water consumption per occupied room in 2013, largely due to more hotels signing up to the company's online 'green' engagement system.

EU leaders urged to tackle vast water use in energy production

Heads of state and government must take into account the vast amounts of water being used to cool Europe's power stations when they set a 2030 climate and energy policy, new research suggests.

UK food security faces 'real threat' from international water shortages

Despite the UK experiencing the wettest winter in 250 years, researchers are warning that Britain's food supply is likely to become increasingly susceptible to global water shortages.

The new standartd is likely to be published before the end of this year

BSI water footprinting standard moves step closer

A new international standard for water footprinting - ISO 14046 - is expected to be released later this year as consultation closes this week on a draft version.


CDP report: Global companies taking 'outdated approach' to water issues

A misguided approach to water-related risk management has become "business as usual" at the world's largest global companies, according to the latest CDP Global Water Report.

Premier Inn Burgess Hill (pictured) one of Whitbread's

Whitbread's 'robust approach' to water efficiency recognised by Carbon Trust

Premier Inn and Costa parent company, Whitbread, has achieved the Carbon Trust Water Standard for demonstrating a "robust approach" to water measurement and management, and achieving year-on-year reductions in use.

In order to create sustainable solutions, water stewardship partnerships should encompass the range of stakeholders that have an interest in water management, says WWF

Business must drive collective action and face up to 'underlying water risks'

Companies only undertaking water-related activities from a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) perspective, are unlikely to address the underlying water risks they face, nor harness the potential opportunities, a new report claims.

Due to Australia experiencing above average temperatures during summer, more air conditioning was required at Telstra to keep exchanges at their optimal operating temperatures.

Australia's above average temperatures force increase in Telstra's water use

Australian telecommunications company Telstra's water consumption increased by 7.5% year-on-year in 2012, mainly due to increases in data load in the network and associated use of air-conditioning.

In Deep Water: How technology can localise and restore urban water infrastructure

Many of us have experienced the growth of the "buy local food" movement in recent years. Brian Young and Emma Stewart, Sustainability Solutions at Autodesk, would like to propose an even more effective movement: "drink local".

Diamond sorting in DTC Botswana. De Beers' water and energy use increased in 2012

De Beers water use increases by almost 6% due to 'technical issues' at mines

Diamond company De Beers has announced that it used 42.9 million cubic metres (m3) of water in 2012, a 5.8% increase on 2011.

Water conservation floods into food and drink sector

Water footprinting will become a greater priority for the food and drink industry as it looks to develop services that limit production costs while tapping into the economic benefits of water conservation and reuse.

Funding secured for UK's first water footprint database

A British sustainability company has received almost £80k of funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to develop the UK's first water footprint database for materials.

Sustainable Business and edie announce Corporate Water Risk 2012

Registration is now open for Corporate Water Risk 2012, an event organised by Sustainable Business and edie for organisations from all sectors to gain practical and up-to-date guidance of the risks, responses and opportunities of water management in business.

Water footprinting webinar coming soon...

Register now for edie.net's free webinar entitled 'Water: The forgotten impact? Understanding water use, measurement and management' on June 13th at 11am.

Businesses must collaborate with supply chain to improve water efficiency

Businesses can improve water efficiency across their operations and in their products by taking a collaborative approach with their supply chain partners, according to three major brands.

Tread with care

With a new international standard being developed for water footprinting, Stuart Crisp, business development director of Concrete Pipeline Systems Association, considers how pipeline materials measure up

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