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Rising water threats likely to hit business profits by 2020

Water risks are set to intensify as new research reveals that 60% of major US corporations believe this issue will affect business growth and profitability within the next five years.

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.

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 UK has just 3% share of the global water technology market

UK 'lagging behind' on water technology innovation

The UK's share of the global water technology market could be worth £8.8bn by 2030, providing 71,000 jobs and involving around 960 small and medium enterprises (SMEs), suggests a new report.

According to the study, regional differences of the impacts of climate change on water availability are

Water scarcity 'biggest concern' of climate change

Up to one-fifth of the global population could suffer severe water shortages if the planet warms by two degrees above present levels, according to new research.

Government launches consultation on water abstraction reform

The Government is aiming to "modernise" the way water is abstracted from rivers and groundwater following the launch of a new consultation on license reforms.

Water rises to top as 'most urgent' sustainability challenge

Water scarcity, climate change and poverty are now society's most urgent challenges according to hundreds of sustainability experts across the world.

In addition to eliminating water use, Nike's ColorDry process reduces dyeing time by 40% and energy use by around 60%

Nike helps reshape dyeing industry with new waterfree facility

Nike has today opened a waterfree dyeing facility in Taiwan that eliminates the use of water and process chemicals from fabric dyeing.

International trade strategies for water could spark global conflict

Trade investment strategies driven by big business are in danger of turning water into a commodity, a Friends of the Earth study has warned.

Energy producing giants at risk from increasing water scarcity

Water risks are on the rise for three global energy production hotspots - shale gas in the US, coal production and coal-fired power in China, and crude oil in the Middle East.


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.

New CIWEM president Mike Summersgill

CIWEM appoints new president

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) has appointed Mike Summersgill as the 27th President of the Institution.

Construction of Scotland's largest wastewater tunnel to begin in 2014

Scottish Water is to build a 3.1 mile-long wastewater tunnel in the south of Glasgow as part of the biggest upgrade of the city's wastewater network since Victorian times.

Scientists warn 500 million people at risk of future water scarcity

Over 7% of the world's population could be affected by water scarcity in the future as a result of climate change if global warming isn't abated.

Global beer production cuts down on water and energy use

Breweries have reduced their energy usage by over 9% and water usage by over 17% over the past four years, according to a global survey.

The rising water risk behind mining for metals

Water management is fast emerging as a critical issue within the metals and mining sector, whose high dependence on it is now throwing up a number of operational, financial and reputational challenges. Maxine Perella investigates

Laundry industry joins forces to urge lower wash temperatures

A European campaign has been launched by the laundry detergent industry to encourage people to wash their clothes at lower temperatures.

Water reduction key target for soft drinks sustainability roadmap

The soft drinks industry is being urged to back a new voluntary agreement in a bid to tackle high levels of water usage within its supply chain.

Employee in the filling station of the Supply Center at Bergkamen, Germany.

Bayer cuts water use by 7% but progress on waste and CO2 stalls

German healthcare firm Bayer reduced its water consumption by 6.6% in 2012 compared to the previous year, partly due to the closure of one of its production sites in the US.

Paul Bulcke says water scarcity now poses threat to survival

Nestlé chief: water shortages could spark global food crisis by 2030

Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke has warned that water scarcity will be the cause of massive food shortages within the next 15 to 20 years unless decisive action is taken.

Thames Water curbs leakage through investment boost

Thames Water invested £498.6m on improvements last year and managed to keep leakage targets on track, according to its interim financial report.

Unilever invites ideas to reduce water use in laundry products

Unilever is in advanced discussions with several technology companies to develop laundry products that can deliver high performance using less water in lower temperatures.

Dublin's water supply is at 96% capacity and described as on a

Dublin's water supply on 'knife edge' says new research

Ireland is in desperate need of water efficiency improvements and implementing metering and efficiency subsidies across Irish households is key to achieving them, according to the latest research from Trinity College Dublin.

Coca-Cola partnership to provide clean water technology for developing world

The Coca-Cola Company is to help bring water purification systems to communities around the developing world who are in need of portable access to clean drinking water.

Natural water basins are still below normal levels despite the recent heavy fall

Water levels still below 'normal' despite heavy rain fall

Water levels in natural storage basins deep below the ground are in most cases still below "normal" despite the recent heavy rain fall.

Protecting the natural environment, particularly water, is high on the list of environmental priorities for Ireland

Economic pressures impact on Ireland's environment

Ireland is facing formidable environmental challenges, particularly in relation to water, climate change and nature protection, concludes the latest country report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That's despite the environment being described as 'generally in good condition overall'.

UK's smart water network needs long-term strategy

The Government must develop a long-term water resource strategy for the UK's smart water network if it is to drive water efficiency and prevent supply disruptions.

South East Water makes £1.5m leakage investment

South East Water (SEW) has awarded technology company i20 Water a £1.5m contract to supply leakage management systems in a bid to tackle drought in the south east.

The formalised partnership will drive forward sustainable water management innovation

European partnership to advance sustainable water management

Plans to advance water management innovation and efficiency in Europe have been unveiled, with a new partnership agreement to drive innovation forward.

Soft drinks sector braced for sustainability drive

Plans to develop a sustainability roadmap to improve resource efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of the soft drinks industry have been unveiled.

Severn Trent CMS gains accreditation

Severn Trent Water (STW) has claimed to be the first UK water company to achieve industry certification for its Competence Management System (CMS).

Minister Fergus O'Dowd of the Department of the Environment speaking at Water Ireland

Minister: Irish Water 'will not be privatised'

The evolving national water utility in the Republic of Ireland will not be a private enterprise, minister Fergus O'Dowd of the Department of the Environment has told a water industry gathering.

Balfour Beatty unveils sustainability progress

Engineering and construction group Balfour Beatty has revealed it made good progress in water and waste reduction between 2009 -2011 - although admits falling short in energy reduction.

IN-DEPTH: Concerns over water resources rising

A growing number of European countries are concerned about their water resources, with chemical pollution and climate change considered the greatest threat to the water environment.

VIDEO: Coca-Cola on track to hit 20% water use efficiency target

Drinks giant Coca-Cola has unveiled how progress to improve water management and reduce water consumption is underway in its latest report.

UK's fourth busiest airport slashes water use by a third

London Stansted Airport (LAE) has reduced its water consumption by nearly 33% in just 12 months - saving about 205m litres of water across its site.

Policy makers pledge commitment to water challenges

Ministers and delegation heads have signed a Ministerial Declaration at the World Water Forum in Marseille, underlining that they are "determined to address water challenges at all scales".

Europe must improve water efficiency to boost green economy

Water efficiency efforts must be "redoubled" by Europe in a bid to bolster the green economy, according to a new report.

Water efficiency at heart of Heineken's sustainability focus

As part of its sustainability agenda, Heineken International aims to cut its emissions and water use - and empower local communities

Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck Letmathe accepting an industry water award last year on behalf of the company

Nestlé boss urges local action on global water scarcity

Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has stressed the need for "pragmatic, efficient and cost-effective action" to address global water scarcity at the World Water Forum.

United Utilities consider north-south water pipeline project

Drought in the UK's water stressed southern regions could be tackled through water networking, according to United Utilities, which has mooted the idea of running a north-south pipeline alongside controversial HS2 high speed rail network.

Water scarcity short film competition launches

An international short film competition which aims to generate debate around water scarcity and mark World Water Day 2012 has launched.

Sainsbury's is increasingly looking to engage the consumer in its sustainability decision-making

Sainsbury's seeks customer views on future water scarcity

Sainsbury's is canvassing opinion among its customers on how to tackle the growing issue of water scarcity as it prepares to debate the problem with key stakeholders in a closed meeting next week.

Sustainability drive saves Co-op £40m per year

The Co-operative Group's ethical plan, launched 12 months ago has paid dividends, reducing emissions, slashing water usage and making an impressive impact on the bottom line.

Yorkshire Water chief exec Richard Flint formed one half of a lively and good-natured speaker session with Severn Trent Water chief exec Tony Wray

'Committed to change' say water company bosses

A commitment to change, a focus on sector resilience and protecting investor confidence are key to the future of the water sector, according to an engaging session led by two water company chief execs last week.

Nike explores 'waterless dyeing' to eliminate water use

Sportswear giant Nike has unveiled plans to implement pioneering 'waterless dyeing' technology in its manufacturing, in bid to eliminate its use of its water and reduce the risk of effluent discharge.

Water demand management an increasing challenge for UK, warns Defra director

The UK's water resources are "already under pressure" and water demand is set to increase, according to Defra director Sonia Phippard, who has also raised concerns over affordability and environmental issues.

Water industry debates challenges post Water White Paper

UK water industry experts gathered in London today (February 2) to discuss the future of the water industry following the release of the Government's Water White Paper (WWP).

Plans to extend EU list of dangerous water pollutants 'fall short', says WWF

Environmental group WWF has criticised plans by the European Commission to add 15 new chemicals to the current EU list of 33 dangerous water pollutants, arguing proposals "fall short".

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Ford reveals major investment in water reduction

Car manufacturing giant Ford has revealed that it has invested Euro2.3m in its five-year water reduction strategy.

Energy and water savings on the menu at new Whitbread site

Whitbread - owners of budget hotel chain Premier Inn - has announced the latest step in sustainability with green drives on water and energy.

TRUST project gears up to unveil results of water services study

European research project Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorrow (TRUST) is gearing up to publish the first results of a major water study to explore the sustainability of the water services in Europe and Africa.

Minister to speak at Irish water conference

As edie sister title WWT launches a new conference event for Ireland, Natasha Wiseman takes a look at what delegates can expect

Ofwat to look at social tariffs and abstraction reform

Ofwat has updated its 2012-2013 work programme to include projects on social tariffs and abstraction reform.

UPDATED: Water White Paper published

The overdue Water White Paper has today (December 8) been unveiled by government - gaining a generally positive response from industry.

Local community involvement 'key' to water resource management and security

Water resource management and water security could be "dramatically improved" through local community involvement, according to a new report.

Depletion of water resources more serious than oil reserves

The depletion of underground water resources through overpumping is a far more serious issue than the depletion of oil reserves, the head of an environmental think-tank has warned.

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