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With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards later this week, we take a closer look at the outstanding water management initiative from Whitbread Group and Waterscan that won over last year's judges.

Three steps all businesses should take on water management

Businesses could benefit from taking a three-pronged approach to fast-track effective water management strategies, a sustainability expert has said.

The company's food stores account for 62% of total water use

Co-operative Group prioritises water use with new 30% reduction goal

The Co-operative Group has set itself a new target to reduce water consumption across its operations by 30% by 2016, using 2010 as a baseline year. Scroll down for full report.

US manufacturer Mosaic Company is operating on more than 90% water and is now helping other businesses to reduce their consumption

US manufacturer works with energy firm to cut water by 20m litres per day

Nutrient producer Mosaic Company has made significant progress in its water conservation efforts during the past 12 months, with its main fertilizer production facility now operating on more than 90% recycled water.

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).

Coca Cola aims to achieve a 100% replenishment rate by 2020

Cola-Cola looks beyond water targets to wider policy challenge

Coca-Cola's director of global water stewardship Greg Koch has revealed that policy engagement is the fastest growing area of the company's work on water as he called for greater government intervention on the issue.

The futuristic shower that recycles water 'while you wash'

A prototype shower system has been developed that claims to offer massive water and energy savings by recycling water while you wash.

Bales of used cans enter the shredder at Novelis plant in Oswego, NY

Novelis on track to meet 2020 water reduction target

Global aluminium company Novelis has reduced its water-use intensity by 16% from 2007-2009 average levels, putting it on track to achieve its 25% reduction target by 2020.


CDP report: Global companies taking 'outdated approach' to water issues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

IHG sets 2017 water reduction target

Major hotel company, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has today announced that it will reduce water use per occupied room in water-stressed areas by 12% by 2017.

Businesses and households in Fife and the Lomond Hills area of Scotland are being encouraged to conserve water after a dry summer left reservoir levels lower than usual at this time of year

Customers in Fife urged to conserve water after 'very dry summer'

Scottish Water is asking households and businesses to help conserve water supplies in Fife, particularly in the Lomond Hills area. The move is because of the unusually prolonged spell of dry weather and low rainfall, which has left reservoirs and other raw water sources currently lower than normal water levels.

Water metering is now providing O2's Slough head office with half-hourly data and has pinpointed where water use is highest

O2 on target to cut water consumption by 25% by 2015

O2 is on target to cut water consumption by 25% from its offices and switch sites by 2015, despite usage increasing by almost 17m litres in 2012, according to the company's latest sustainability report.

It's definitely a case of 'glass half full' when it comes to Diageo's water reduction efforts

Diageo improves water efficiency despite production increase

Beverage company Diageo has improved water efficiency throughout its operations by 1.5% and reduced the volume of water wasted in water-stressed locations by 7%, according to the company's 2013 sustainability report.

CIWEM says charging for basic water usage would allow affordable use whilst ensuring wasteful users pay for the environmental costs

Those wasting water should pay for environmental costs says CIWEM

Basic water usage should be charged to combat wastefulness and increase efficiency, says the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

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".

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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.

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

Bloomberg's CEO Dan Doctoroff says that since launching its sustainability program in 2007 the company has saved $43m [£28m]

Bloomberg reduces 2013 water target as initial goal 'too aggressive'

Global business and financial information provider Bloomberg has reduced its 2013 water reduction target by 6.3 million gallons after the company concluded that the initial goal was 'too aggressive'.

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.

AkzoNobel achieves water standard for cutting consumption

AkzoNobel's UK Decorative Paints business has become the first company in the DIY and construction industry to achieve the Carbon Trust's Water Standard award for cutting water use.

Global hotel operator Accor's consumption costs have hit €400m (£345m) per year

EXCLUSIVE: Resource efficiency essential as consumption costs set to rocket says Accor

Ensuring resources are used efficiently has become a necessity for businesses as global energy costs continue to rise and water scarcity increases, says Accor's executive vice president of sustainable development Sophie Flak.

Accor hotel - Adagio Brussel Centre Monnaie in Belgium

Reducing consumption: Accor's long-term solution for a short-term stay

Global hotel operator Accor has a strikingly apparent business case for reducing consumption, with energy, water and waste costing the company a staggering €400m (£345m) per year. And without further progression in efficiency this bill is only going to increase, finds Leigh Stringer.

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.

Johnson Matthey's water use increases 11% due to upswing in production

Johnson Matthey has reported an 11% increase in water consumption in 2012/2013 compared with 2011/12, primarily due to an increase in production and new plants coming on-line in India and the US.

World's largest beer brewer commits to slashing water usage

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, with a portfolio that includes brands such as Stella Artois and Budweiser, has vowed to reduce its water usage as part of a new five-year environmental commitment.

Colgate-Palmolive on track to meet 2015 water reduction target

Major toothpaste company Colgate-Palmolive has achieved a 30% reduction in water use per tonne of product, mainly through improving its assessment of water use at its manufacturing sites.

Water standard will accelerate move to low-carbon economy

Water conservation and reduction in water use will not only provide businesses with substantial savings it is also essential to becoming a sustainable, low-carbon economy, says the Carbon Trust.

Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham

How easy is it to reduce water consumption?

Reducing water usage at a major retail establishment may seem like a complex challenge but in the case of Wrexham's Eagles Meadow shopping centre, cutting consumption was "not exactly rocket science".

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.

Major worldwide companies failing to address water scarcity

The majority of the world's largest companies lack a long-term water strategy, according to a report from the professional services company KPMG.

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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.

Tadcaster brewery toasted for its water efficiency

The UK's largest brewer, Molson Coors, has been applauded by the Environment Agency (EA) in reducing water usage and becoming more socially responsible.

In water-stressed sites, mainly in Africa, Diageo aims to reduce water wasted by 50% by 2015

Diageo records 7% water efficiency improvement in 2011

Diageo is on track to reach its water efficiency improvement target of 30% by 2015 after seeing progress of 7.2% in 2011, according to the drink manufacturer's latest Sustainability and Responsibility report.

Floods in 2007 prompted a review of SuDs, which can be used to reduce the impact of development on flooding and the environment

Government uncertainty delays sustainable drainage regulation

Regulation making Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) compulsory for new developments has been delayed by government uncertainty over proposed national standards.

Water waste is falling at the Scottish Leather Group thanks to its new ultrafiltration plant

Scottish Leather Group reduces water waste with ultrafiltration plant

The Scottish Leather Group has reduced its water waste following the installation of a ultrafiltration plant at the company's Bridge of Weir site in Scotland.

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.

Severn Trent Costain md Wayne Earp (left) and commercial director Rob Flinn

Severn Trent partners with Costain to target industrial water users

The joint venture between the water company and the engineering firm will form what it hopes will be a one-stop shop for high volume water users.

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H&M aims for sustainable 'fast-fashion'

High street fashion powerhouse H&M is ramping up its commitment to become a 'fast-fashion' eco leader with its latest report showing impressive reductions in water, energy and waste.

RBS sets new environmental targets

Banking group RBS has unveiled plans to reduce energy, water and waste in its operations by around 15% by 2014 as part of its wider ambition of saving £200m by 2020.

Local council aims to cut water use by 20%

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has revealed that a new grant scheme could help it reduce its water consumption by 20%.

Bacardi's five-year CSR drive halves water usage

Bacardi has cut water usage by 50% over the past five years according to its latest CSR report which also reveals significant milestones in energy efficiency and waste reduction.

H&M tests new water risk tool

Clothing retailer H&M is among the first companies to take advantage of WWF's new global online tool, which aims to help businesses identify and mitigate water risk.

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.

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