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DEFINITION: A lack of sufficient available water resources to meet the demands of water usage within a region.
Humanity has already used up its entire annual budget of planetary resources such as water, soil and clean air on the earliest day of the year since the Earth first went into "overshoot" in the early 1970s, according to research organisation Global Footprint Network.
A supply chain management philosophy built on engagement over enforcement enabled brewer MillerCoors to reduce its water footprint by 17% last year. Here, Matt Mace investigates how the firm has been galvanising the farmer community to create resilient, future-proofed beer supply chains.
Water companies must scale up ambition and innovation in their water efficiency programmes with customers, according to not-for-profit organisation Waterwise.
With water availability declining as energy demand rises, some of the private sector's leading lights on water management believe now is the time for businesses to embed holistic water stewardship programmes that capture the interests of other departments. edie's Matt Mace investigates.
The H&M Foundation is launching the second stage of its partnership with WaterAid to deliver safe water and sanitation to four of the world's poorest communities.
Organisations across the country now have access to a free, in-depth 'edie explains' guide to water retail competition, which is set to come into effect in England this April and will impact all non-domestic water users.
A total of 8,876 premises have switched water retailer in the first week of the competitive market. This includes approximately 7,500 customers which chose to pre-switch before market opening.
Hospitality giant Whitbread Group and vehicle servicing chain Kwik Fit are among the first wave of companies to capitalise on the newly-opened water retail market in an effort to improve efficiency and drive down costs.
Car manufacturer SEAT has provided insight into its innovative project that turns wastewater into a biomethane fuel capable of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% compared to traditional vehicles, while NASA has released data on the viability on using biofuels in jet engines.
Water consultancy Waterscan has suggested savings returned to large multi-site customers in the competitive non-domestic water market will be "more than expected".
The adaptation of circular economy methods in water-stressed regions could save 412 billion cubic metres of water each year, the equivalent to 11% of annual global water demand, according to new research from multinational banking group ING.
Businesses have been issued a "wake-up call" by a new CDP report which revealed that water risks fuelled by climate change cost the private sector $14bn (£11.3bn) over the last year.
Pub retailer and brewer Greene King has become the first non-household water customer to apply to provide its own retail services when the market opens in April.
With global water supplies running dry at an alarming rate, edie's Matt Mace hears from some of the private sector's leading lights on tackling water scarcity to uncover the business case that lies beneath the surface.
Efforts to combat water scarcity are "absent from the portfolios" of investors, and it is now the responsibility of the private sector to step up water efficiency practices to build understanding that water is an economic risk as well as an environmental one.
UK organisations will soon be able to manage their electricity, gas and water use in one place thanks to a pioneering new partnership between non-domestic water supplier Business Stream and energy consultancy Utilitywise.
Wednesday was water day at COP22 in Marrakesh, and while the mood in Morocco was one of "sink or swim" in regards to an unprecedented US election, business took to the stage to call on governments to introduce a "speedy implementation" of the Paris Agreement.
Sustainability advocacy group Ceres has tasked seven global food and beverage companies, including Diageo, General Mills, Kellogg and PepsiCo, to participate in a collaborative challenge aimed at strengthening sourcing and water stewardship action plans.
Companies are being called upon to ramp up water efficiency measures, share best practices and water consumption and open up new communication streams surrounding water conservation after a new report commissioned by water companies revealed the growing risk of drought facing the UK.
Global food and beverage company PepsiCo has unveiled a revamped list of climate commitments, incorporating plans to decouple emissions from business growth, have a positive water impact, and achieve zero waste to landfill.
The Scottish whisky industry has this week unveiled four new "challenging" sustainability targets in an effort to reduce carbon, drive water efficiency and embrace circular economy models in the supply chain.
Sports and leisure business David Lloyd has switched to newly-formed retailer Water Plus to supply all 84 of its UK health clubs and gyms, marking the largest UK-wide water supplier switch to date.
An overhaul of financing mechanisms and policy framework is necessary to develop "smarter, not just stronger" energy markets, which will need to combat "unprecedented strains" arising from new climate commitments, a new report from the World Energy Council (WEC) has found.
Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has become the first Fortune 500 Company to replenish all of the water it uses globally back to nature and communities.
With World Water Week bringing experts and innovators to Stockholm to foster new thinking and develop solutions to water-related issues, edie rounds-up the projects and products that could aid efforts to combat water scarcity.
edie brings you the second energy efficiency cheat
sheet in association with E.ON, this time focusing on the top
10 ways to drive engagement and change
behaviours around energy efficiency.
Welcome to the winners report for the 2017 Sustainability
Organised by edie, these awards recognise excellence across
the spectrum of
sustainable business; from the best efficiency programmes
through to product
innovation, from stakeholder engagement and CSR initiatives
to the people making
edie, in association with E.ON, conducted a survey with
responsible for energy management, asking them to identify
the energy efficiency
activity they had already completed or had underway.
This edie insight report explores some of the key drivers,
opportunities facing sustainable business within the UK
The Aldersgate Group's manifesto includes calls for the prompt publication of
both a detailed Clean Growth Plan and 25-Year Plan for the Environment, and a
strong Industrial Strategy which enables the green business community to
This edie explains business guide, produced in association
with edie's supporting
partners Action Sustainability and BSI, provides an in-
of the new ISO 20400
Standard which is the world's first international standard
This publication brings together the views of respected
politics, business, trade unions and academia on the kind
of economy the
industrial strategy should be building and the role low
carbon and resource
efficiency can play.
It's decision time. Tension is mounting among the green
business community ahead of the UK election -
but which party offers the most promising green policy
approach? Here, edie has rounded up the most
important inclusions (and exclusions) from each of the
main parties' manifestos into a single, easy-to-
Following extensive consultation with the recycling industry, WRAP has developed a list of items that can and cannot be recycled, along with how they should be presented by householders. This document outlines how and why the recycling guidelines have been developed, including a summary of results from consumer testing.
The aim of this report is to increase knowledge of the industry among various stakeholders.
The world’s first standard for implementing the
principles of the circular economy in organizations
This report by SUEZ reveals that more than £9bn could be added to the UK economy by integrating circular economy principles into the country’s emerging industrial strategy.
This edie explains business guide, produced in association
with E.ON, provides an
in- depth summary of combined heat & power (CHP) systems,
which convert a single
fuel into both electricity and heat in one process.
With only ONE WEEK to go before edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
You’re only as strong as your weakest link. For
supply chains can be highly complex and full of links
that must be closely
managed and supported to help achieve overarching
What makes Costa Coffee’s new £38m roastery in Basildon "one of the most
sustainable buildings in the world"? This free case study provides an overview of
all the low-carbon and resource-efficient features of the retailer's flagship
Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
The largest US companies are increasing their clean energy
and energy efficiency efforts while improving their bottom
This edie explains business guide, produced in
association with E.ON, provides
an in- depth summary of onsite generation, which allows
businesses to make and
use their own energy at a particular location, rather
than buying that energy
through the grid.
With just one month to go until doors open for edie Live 2017 we take a look at why it is the destination event for sustainability and energy managers.
edie's series of exclusive thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends continues with PwC's director of cities and urbanisation, Dan Dowling, exploring how urbanisation and smart city growth can be a powerful force for sustainable development and shared prosperity, if it's managed correctly.
The Environmental Services Association, the voice of the UK’s resource and
waste management industry, has set out a number of recommendations to more
closely align the planning system with the strategic objectives of the
Designed for Nottingham University and built by engineering
firm AECOM, the new
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Carbon Neutral Laboratories for
project is a world-first, earning the highest
certifications under the BREEAM and
LEED standards and driving impressive savings.
The UK energy system is in flux. It is changing more
quickly – and more fundamentally – than at any point since
the Industrial Revolution.
With just over a week to go until the non-household water retail market opens, Anglian Water Business (AWB) and NWG Business have teamed up to create a new retailer of water and wastewater services in England and Scotland.
Continuing edie's series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends, PwC's sustainability and climate Change partner Celine Herweijer explores how green innovations and technological breakthroughs are driving the fourth Industrial Revolution.
This joint study looks at the potential for decarbonisation
in the energy sector
in G20 countries and around the world and the economic and
social benefits that
can be developed as a result.
Business and energy minister Nick Hurd has written to the head of the Environmental Audit Committee to respond to concerns over the restructuring of the Green Investment Bank ahead of its sale.
This new report published by WWF and ISEAL indicates how businesses can
contribute strongly to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and unlock new
market opportunities by using credible voluntary sustainability standards to
transform entire sectors and supply chains.
What are the key components required to produce a
sustainability report which drives engagement on a range of
CSR issues among key stakeholders? edie brings
you the secrets to sustainability reporting success with
this latest top-tips
guide for businesses.
Aligning corporate energy reduction targets with individuals' motivations and behaviours can drive significant savings, but is incredibly difficult. Kicking off edie's engagement month of editorial content, we investigate how energy managers can get the rest of their organisation on board with his or her efficiency strategy and effect real change.
This document provides guidance and materials for running an energy efficiency
awareness campaign at work, including practical advice to employees on how
they can benefit from getting a smart meter and saving energy at home.
In a change of pace from the numerous electoral manifestos, Unilever has launched a new agenda that commits to creating "food that tastes good, does good and doesn't cost the earth".
This new report is one of the first key deliverables of the New Plastics Economy
initiative.It represents a logical next step to the 2016 report: from rethinking
the future of plastics to catalysing action.
This edie explains: Water retail competition guide provides
an in-depth summary
of the government-led strategy which will allow all non-
domestic water users to
switch suppliers of water retail services.
Next up in the series of contributed articles for edie's Sustainability Leadership Month, Andy Wood, chief executive of Suffolk-based brewer and distiller Adnams, outlines how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can incorporate sustainability in their business agenda.