Water scarcity

DEFINITION: A lack of sufficient available water resources to meet the demands of water usage within a region.

 

Related items

The Defra consultation will run for 12 weeks

Defra proposes personal water 'budgets'

The Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has proposed the introduction of a "personal water target" which would legally require individuals to keep their water consumption within a certain "budget".

Photo by Nora Lorek for National Geographic

P&G to donate 500,000 litres of clean water across the globe

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has launched a new campaign to donate up to half a million litres of clean water to in-need communities around the world, and is encouraging UK citizens to take part by watching and sharing a new docuseries.

Five other businesses have been granted water self-supply licences this year, but John Lewis & Partners would be the first retailer. Image: WaterScan

John Lewis applies for water self-supply licence in first for UK retail

John Lewis & Partners has become the first UK retailer to apply for a water self-supply licence, in a bid to reduce water use and deliver savings.

17 countries including India, home to 1.3 billion people, are identified as having ‘extremely high’ water stress

Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world's population, say experts

A quarter of the world's population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources, a new report has revealed.

Benedict Orchard (centre-right) and Richard Carter (centre left) collecting the Water Management Award from Michaela Strachan(right) and Anya Ledwith (left)

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Water Management - Adnams

With entries now open for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2019 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Water Management Award, Adnams.

The licence comes into effect on 14 August

Nottingham City Council granted water self-supply licence

Nottingham City Council has been granted a licence to self-supply water from next month, in a bid to minimise costs and cut water wastage.

edie Explains: The circular economy

This new and updated edie Explains guide breaks down everything there is to know about achieving a circular economy for your business.

Water scarcity now affects more than 40% of the global population

AB Sugar launches global innovation challenge to address water stewardship

Global sugar producer AB Sugar has partnered with WaterAid to launch a new initiative aimed at spurring innovation that can solve the challenge of water loss in agriculture.

The founding water firms are urging other companies to join the Fund, after its launch this morning (9 April)

UK water firms join global funding alliance helping sector to champion green innovation

UK-based water companies Severn Trent and United Utilities are among a group of 10 global water firms to have jointly launched a new innovation fund aimed at supporting green solutions to the sector's biggest sustainability challenges.

The Every Drop ambition for 2030 commits Heineken to maximise water circularity in water-stressed areas to treat 100% of its wastewater worldwide

Why Heineken is championing water circularity as its contribution to the SDGs

EXCLUSIVE: Brewer Heineken has called for more collaborative and circular approaches to water use, after launching a new 2030 strategy aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation.

Through the lens of SDG 6, Diageo learnt that it could improve CSR efforts around gender, poverty and health and wellbeing in the communities that it interacts with

The SDGs In Action: How Diageo is achieving SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

Welcome back to edie's new editorial series which breaks down exactly how businesses are turning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action. Up next: global drinks firm Diageo outlines how it is improving its water efficiency to the benefit of the communities it operates within.

Trafalgar Square. London ranks as one of the most water-stressed cities in the world

Thames Water launches cashback scheme to incentivise water savings

Thames Water has launched a new "cash boost" scheme to retailers that can deliver measurable water savings across London and the Thames Valley area.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the fashion, renewables and plastics sectors

Printed solar panels and carbon capture breakthroughs: The best green innovations of the week

Each week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change emerge. And each week edie rounds-up six of the best.

Heineken notably operates breweries, cider plants and offices in six UK cities

Heineken granted water self-supply licence for UK operations

Brewer Heineken has been granted a self-supply licence to deliver its own water and wastewater services for all of its UK operations, in a move it claims will bolster its water stewardship efforts.

edie Explains: Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs)

What are Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs) in the context of renewable energy? Which organisations are most suited to adopting CPPAs, and what are the business benefits of doing so?

In action: The environmental legacy of the Thames Tideway Tunnel

The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a new major piece of infrastructure for London, capturing an average of 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage which currently enters the tidal River Thames every year. If no action is taken, this is anticipated to reach 70 million tonnes by 2020.

Five ideas to achieve your flexible energy future

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where roundtable participants explored what lies ahead for electricity systems flexibility, and discussed the practical steps that can be taken to achieve flexible energy, today.

edie Explains: Energy-from-Waste

Is Energy-from-Waste (EfW) right for your business? What are the different EfW technology options, and how do you choose the right one? This edie explains business guide, produced in association with phs Group, has the answers.

Five ideas to capitalise on your energy data

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where roundtable participants shared experiences of energy data management tools and techniques, and explored some of the practical steps that can be taken to generate energy and cost savings through more effective monitoring and measuring approaches.

In action: EDF Energy's smart data focus to drive energy efficiency

In September 2017, EDF Energy installed its PowerNow live energy monitoring system at one of its own offices as a way of trialling its own solutions whilst improving the energy efficiency of the building. As revealed in this case study, the project has achieved excellent results all round.

The climate turning point: 8 sustainable business gamechangers for 2020

With the UK having just declared a climate emergency and Government advisers calling on policymakers to set a net- zero carbon target by 2050, edie's latest report explores eight potentially game-changing innovations that will help businesses lead the charge towards the so-called 'climate turning point'.

Flexible Futures: The Smart Business Blueprint

This edie insight report maps out a blueprint for smart, sustainable business in 2020, helping energy and sustainability professionals get ahead of the curve to deliver a flexible energy future.

Emergency response Q&A: How can business accelerate towards net-zero emissions?

The UK has declared a climate emergency and the Government has set a legally binding target for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This one-hour webinar takes the form of a live Q&A session with a range of climate policy and business energy experts to explore how businesses should respond to the situation.

Webinar: Scope 3 emissions and science-based targets: Closing the reporting gap

This one-hour webinar, hosted in association with Carbon Credentials, will help businesses overcome the challenge of calculating, reporting and ultimately reducing ‘Scope 3' supply chain emissions on the path to achieving approved science-based targets.

Business Energy Barometer: April-May 2019

edie's brand-new Business Energy Barometer report maps out the key energy drivers, challenges and opportunities facing UK businesses, based on an in-depth survey of energy managers across the country.

There's still time to register for a FREE pass to attend Day Two

Insight, inspiration and innovation continue into final day of edie Live 2019

Members of the UK's sustainability and energy management communities have descended upon the NEC in their thousands, with sessions at full capacity throughout the first day of edie Live 2019 and the action now set continue into the second and final day (22 May).

Mission Possible: The 2019 report

This exclusive edie report showcases world-leading and potentially game-changing examples of sustainability in action across the Mission Possible campaign's five pillars: Energy, Resources, Mobility, The Built Environment and Business Leadership.

Webinar: SDG Power Hour: Aligning your sustainability strategy with the Global Goals

This webinar, brought to you in association with Centrica Business Solutions, will showcase specific examples of how businesses have aligned ambitions and launched new projects tailored towards achieving some or all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

45-minute masterclass: Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) for business

This live, online masterclass helps sustainability and energy professionals get to grips with Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), which came into force in April 2019 and affects almost 12,000 businesses across the country.

Business Energy Barometer: August - September 2019

edie's second Business Energy Barometer report maps out the key energy drivers, challenges and opportunities facing UK businesses, based on an in-depth survey of energy managers across the country in the past quarterly period.

SDG Spotlight: How businesses can achieve Goal 13 - Climate Action

This brand-new edie report maps out exactly how the business community can collectively achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 - Climate Action - within the next decade.

Webinar: Ambition into action: Scaling-up your energy and resources strategy

This one-hour webinar will hear from the leading businesses and experts that are reaching the ‘climate turning point' by scaling-up efforts to drastically reduce energy and resource use through net-zero targets and strategies.

Targeted Charging Review - what you need to know from

The packaging for each five-litre refill contains 66% less plastic than a 1.5-litre Evian bottle

Evian unveils refillable device in bid to slash plastic waste

French bottled water company Evian is set to begin trials of a new refillable in-home water appliance next month, in a bid to gauge consumer appetite for lower-plastic alternatives to single-use bottles.

The report also provides an update on the company’s resource efficiency efforts, including reductions on food waste goals

Co-op to halve emissions by 2025

The Co-op has announced new goals to reduce its direct emissions by 50% and product-related emissions by 11%, after reaching a previous carbon goal three years ahead of schedule.

Pentrehafod Comprehensive School project

In 2016 Morgan Sindall were appointed principle contractor on the Pentrehafod Comprehensive School project, which completed in November 2018.

Accelerating the rEVolution: 7 business innovations in e-mobility

This insight report, produced in partnership with UK Power Networks Services, investigates some of the game-changing developments which are driving e- mobility and accelerating the sector forward into the next decade.

Exclusive: PwC to hit Mission Possible pledge target

Accountancy firm PwC has revealed to edie that it is only 1% off its Mission Possible target following extensive work on sustainable, healthy food options within its staff restaurant facilities.

Mission Possible: Achieving a sustainable future for hospitality and leisure

This brand-new sector insight report provides a comprehensive overview of the steps that organisations within Britain's hospitality and leisure sector can take to achieve a sustainable future, today.

The sustainability communications handbook: Engaging with different audiences

Communication is a vital component of any organisation's strategy - and an aspect which businesses of all sizes and sectors will have to continually fine-tune as digitisation progresses. Similarly, sustainability is now widely considered to be a business-critical consideration and a must-have for staff, consumers and investors alike.

edie Explains: Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)

What is the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) framework? What do businesses need to know about this new piece of legislation? And what compliance issues will arise from the new framework? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.

The move builds on Bloomberg's service as the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and the co-founder of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Image Rubenstein Flickr

Michael Bloomberg to launch decarbonisation tracker for utility firms

Businessman and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg has unveiled fresh plans to utilise his firm Bloomberg LP and its charitable arm, Bloomberg Philanthropies, to help the utility sector to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

How to produce an engaging sustainability report: Seven steps to success

Sustainability reporting has evolved from a niche practice to a mainstream aspect of corporate governance. The modern sustainability report is a vital tool to ENGAGE with shareholders, employees, stakeholders and, increasingly, consumers.

Webinar: Achieving a sustainable built environment: Learning from the leaders

Following the publication of edie's insight report which investigated the future of sustainable construction, this one-hour webinar brings together industry leaders and experts to discuss the various challenges and opportunities facing low-carbon, resource-efficient construction.

Mission Possible: Achieving a sustainable future for CONSTRUCTION

This brand-new sector insight report provides a comprehensive overview of the steps that organisations within Britain's construction industry can take to achieve a sustainable future, today.

45-minute masterclass: Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs)

This live, online masterclass offers sustainability and energy professionals a unique opportunity to experience how Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs) can be utilised by end-user businesses to achieve renewable energy commitments - all in under an hour.

edie Explains: The green office

This free edie Explains guide, developed in partnership with Commercial Group, sets out the key considerations and practical tips for energy and sustainability professionals when it comes to rolling out a 'green office' programme to enhance operational sustainability.

Sustainability experts from an array of businesses came together in London to discuss the potential solutions to energy and waste issues related to the circular economy

Circular roundtable: How can businesses accelerate the resource revolution?

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and EDF Energy, to discuss how organisations are stepping up efforts to accelerate a circular economy.

In action: edie publisher's AI-assisted IT software to reduce energy

In an effort to 'walk the walk' with sustainability' and reduce carbon emissions, edie's parent company Faversham House has trialled innovative computer software to measure, manage and ultimately reduce associated energy.

Build a better future: the built environment and the Sustainable Development Goals

The circular economy: cracking the challenge

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019: Meet the Winners

Welcome to the winners report for the 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards. 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 it happen.

Sustainable Business Leadership Survey 2019 - The results...

This brand new annual survey reveals exactly what ‘business leadership' now looks like from the perspective of sustainability, CSR and energy professionals across the UK.

Mission Possible: Achieving a sustainable future for the PUBLIC SECTOR

This brand-new sector insight report provides a comprehensive overview of the steps that organisations within Britain's public sector can take to achieve a sustainable future, today.

The call to action has been sent to Domino's, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Yum! Brands, Restaurant Brands International and Wendy’s

Investors press fast food giants to 'urgently' improve supply chain sustainability

A coalition of investment firms with more than $6.5trn in assets under management have called on six of the world's largest fast food companies to take more ambitious action to tackle the climate and water risks within their supply chains, as a "matter of urgency".

New free industry report on the future of distributed energy

Available now, this new report, written by The Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by energy experts E.ON, examines the growth in distributed generation and the impact this could have on UK businesses. The result of an in-depth survey with contributions from 450 senior executives from intensive energy users across the manufacturing, transport and logistics, hospitality, and retail industries. It explores the reasons behind the move to self-generation and the value organisations derive from it providing valuable insight for organisations both considering this approach and those looking to increase their own generation.

HEINEKEN Case Study: Four Layers of Supplier Sustainability Performance Management

Founded in 1864 in Amsterdam by 22-year- old Gerard Adriaan Heineken, HEINEKEN has grown to become the #1 brewer in Europe and the #3 worldwide, operating more than 160 breweries in 70 countries. HEINEKEN has a well- balanced geographic footprint with leadership positions in both developed and developing markets.

edie Explains: Demand response

Organisations with an interest in using demand response to manage energy use now have access to a new 'edie Explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to deploy the technology.

Webinar: Single-use plastics: How to lead a business transformation

edie is bringing together a selection of leading retailers, manufacturers and circular economy experts for a special one-hour webinar to discuss how business can collaborate, innovate and actuate to eliminate single- use plastics.

In action: Tower Hamlets Council's low-carbon district heating system

A 25-year Joint Venture between Tower Hamlets Council and EDF Energy led to the creation of a low-carbon district heating system that has generated carbon savings, reduced energy costs and conserved a Heritage building at the heart of the refurbishment.

edie Explains: Artificial Intelligence for sustainable business

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) right for your business? What are the technology options and how do you choose the right one? This edie explains business guide, produced in association with Ditto AI, has the answers.

edie Explains: Low-carbon heating and cooling

Is low-carbon heating and cooling right for your business? What are the technology options and how do you choose the right one? This edie explains business guide, produced in association with EDF Energy, has the answers.

Wilmar International supplies palm oil to several blue-chip companies, including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and Mondelez International

World's biggest palm oil firm unveils new measures to end supply chain deforestation

Palm oil sourcing giant Wilmar International has unveiled plans to use satellite tracking and other digital technologies in a bid to eliminate deforestation risks from its supply chains.

An estimated 47,000 jobs have been created by embedding IoT solutions across Barcelona so far

A city reinvented: How Barcelona is leading the smart city revolution

edie's insight editor George Ogleby travels to Barcelona to uncover how a technological revolution has enabled the city to unlock the benefits of a smart-city transition for its citizens.

Five ideas to accelerate your electric fleet transition

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where roundtable participants shared experiences of electrification of business fleets, and discussed the steps that can be taken to accelerate adoption and maximise the benefits of the electric vehicle (EV) transition.

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting: edie's state of the nation report

Following the introduction of Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), this new report looks at how energy and sustainability managers are getting to grips with the new compliance issue - and what the future looks like for reporting.

edie Leaders Clubs Membership Information

The edie Leaders Clubs are dedicated communities for more than 600 sustainability and energy leaders. They are exclusive, member-only programmes of free networking events, industry briefings and workshops which allow members to connect with one another, share ideas, gain valuable recognition and develop their careers.

The Environmental Audit Committee estimates that UK consumers are now buying an average of 26.7kg of new clothing every year

Is the fashion industry about to have its 'plastics moment'?

With MPs urging clothing brands to disclose impacts, consumers increasingly protesting "fast fashion" and documentaries on the true cost of cheap garments emerging at a pace, edie explores whether the fashion industry is set to have its "plastics moment".

(L-R) Skretting’s Trygve Berg Lea, presenter Laura Timlin,
director, Carbon Trust Business Services, Nutreco’s Jose Villalon and compere Michaela Strachan

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Product Innovation - Nutreco and Skretting

With entries now open for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2019 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Sustainability Product Innovation of the Year award, Nutreco and Skretting.

UK Resources & Waste Strategy: A blueprint for business leadership

This edie insight guide provides sustainability and environmental professionals with a detailed breakdown of all of the key elements of the UK Government's Resources and Waste Strategy, and what they mean for business.

10 ideas to drive forward your energy behaviour change strategy

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where roundable participants shared experiences of staff engagement and behaviour change initiatives and techniques, while also exploring practical steps that businesses can implement to overcome barriers and foster the desired behaviours amongst staff.

edie Explains: Energy storage

How does energy storage work? What are the business benefits of commercial battery systems? And how can they interact with other onsite energy technologies? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.

Vahé Torossian (far right) said that IoT can help cities significantly reduce the impact of future disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods

Microsoft VP: IoT can prepare cities for natural disasters

In a month when raging fires have caused unprecedented destruction across California, Microsoft's corporate VP has stressed the importance of using data across Internet of Things (IoT) platforms as a way of making cities better equipped to face natural disasters.

The two chains have collectively added 128 stations to the Refill map

Itsu and Cook join water bottle refill scheme

Sushi chain Itsu and gourmet food retailer Cook have become the latest firms to join City to Sea's Refill campaign, aimed at reducing the public's reliance on single-use plastic water bottles.

Before moving to Wessex Water in 2017, Olivia worked for EcoSurety while studying part-time for her masters

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Olivia Green, Wessex Water

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Olivia Green, sustainability coordinator at Wessex Water.

The guide showcases the real-life example of Northumbrian Water, which signed a long-term CPPA with Ørsted

edie launches business guide to Corporate Power Purchase Agreements

Organisations looking to understand the benefits of Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs) for renewable energy now have access to a free 'edie Explains' guide which breaks down everything you need to know about them.

After beginning his sustainability career in a UK-focused role, Ross's responsibilities have become increasingly global over the past two years

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 class of 2019: Ross Houghton, Atalian Servest

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Ross Houghton, CSR manager at global facilities management (FM) firm Atalian Servest.

The EA recently warned that England could run short of water within 25 years

Businesses team up for water behaviour change campaign

A coalition of more than 40 water companies, green groups and charities have today (30 July) launched a new behaviour change campaign aimed at helping businesses and individuals to use less water.

Unilever is now eight years into its ten-year Sustainable Living Plan

Unilever reveals mixed progress towards Sustainable Living Plan goals

Unilever has posted strong progress towards its manufacturing waste, low-carbon energy and water abstraction goals, while also revealing that is it off-track to meet its sustainability commitments regarding the consumer-level water and waste footprint of its products.

The Green Brexit Matrix: What do the different outcomes mean for environmental policy?

With Boris Johnson entering number 10 as the new Prime Minister, the likelihood of a no deal Brexit has increased. This download, originally published in April, explores the potential exit scenarios and the impacts they will have on UK sustainability, energy and environment policy.

Katie is one of a six-person sustainability team and spearheads innocent's human rights work and sustainability communications

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 class of 2019: Katie Leggett, innocent Drinks

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Katie Leggett, innocent Drinks' sustainability manager.

Mission Possible: Achieving a net-zero carbon future for manufacturing

As the movement towards net-zero carbon takes hold across the commercial sector, this fresh insight report looks at how manufacturing companies are driving forward their own goals.

The demand for disclosure has been sent to 707 firms, including Chevron, Volvo, BP and Amazon

Investors grill business giants over non-disclosure of environmental impacts

A coalition of big-name businesses including BP, Amazon and Exxon Mobil are being targeted by a coalition of investors demanding that they disclose more information on their environmental impacts.

Webinar: Smart Energy Technologies for Sustainability and Resilience

Businesses across the UK are feeling the sting of rising energy costs, along with Governmental pressures to decarbonise to meet carbon reduction goals. This had led many to seek out effective and affordable methods of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.

The 'Words & Numbers, #2: The making of a Sustainability report'

CtrlPrint: The world leading remote authoring service for corporate reports & collaterals has once again looked at the reporting landscape and produced an insightful and valuable report for all those concerned with Sustainability Reporting.

The announcement comes on the first anniversary of Canary Wharf Group's flagship 'Breaking the Plastic Habit' scheme

Canary Wharf becomes world's first plastic-free commercial centre

London's Canary Wharf has today (5 June) become the first commercial centre in the world to be awarded Plastic Free Community status by marine charity Surfers Against Sewage, one year after its managing body Canary Wharf Group launched its flagship plastic reduction scheme.