The Planet Mark Toolkit | Water Consumption
In the UK, water companies supply millions of litres to residents and businesses every day. However, as water shortages become more prevalent around the globe, businesses and individuals have a responsibility to balance personal needs and that of society as a whole. In the UK, business accounts for 25% of total water use. This guide is intended to help equip and encourage businesses to use water efficiently and empower their employees to do the same.
Water is unlike any other resource on Earth. It underpins pretty much every activity we pursue in life, not just in our everyday lives, but in producing food, energy and across industries around the globe. However, water can no longer be seen as an infinite resource as shortages become ever more prevalent. Today, more than a billion people currently live in water scarce regions, according to the WRI, a number that could increase to 3.5 billion by 2025. On top of this, demand for water is projected to rise by 40% in the next 20 years.
Many of the water systems that keep ecosystems thriving and feed a rapidly growing human population have become stressed. Rivers and lakes are drying up or becoming too polluted to use. Agriculture uses more water than any other source, accounting for 70% of worldwide use and fails to utilise a large proportion of that through inefficiencies. On top of this, climate change is changing patterns of weather and water around the world, causing scarcities and droughts in an increasing number of countries worldwide.
The Planet Mark Toolkits:
2020 to 2030 will be the most important 10 years for us and our planet. It is considered to be the most important period for tackling the climate emergency and biodiversity breakdown. If we take action now, we will do much to avert these unfolding crises and have a planet that is fit for us and our future generations.
This is the second of six toolkits set to be released over the coming weeks to help organisations put processes in place to cut carbon, costs and engage employees in the process. Please keep an eye on our content hub and edie.net newsletters for upcoming toolkits focused on:
- Setting up a green team
About The Planet Mark:
The Planet Mark is a sustainability certification which recognises continuous improvements, encourages action, and builds an empowered community of like-minded individuals.
At The Planet Mark, we help organisations measure and reduce waste using one single metric – carbon dioxide. The programme helps businesses of all sizes measure and reduce the carbon emissions associated with their waste, energy, water, travel and procurement. On average, certified businesses make a 12% carbon saving per employee through reductions in these areas.
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