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DEFINITION: A lack of sufficient available water resources to meet the demands of water usage within a region.
As part of a move to redefine its business purpose through staff well-being and sustainability, Salesforce has used its flagship San Francisco headquarters to champion water efficiency in an area notorious for severe droughts.
Commercial banks are struggling to overcome a communications barrier with businesses to gain insight into portfolio risks specifically associated with water, according to Dutch bank ING's vice president for sustainable finance Ambika Jindal.
The number of big businesses investing in water security has reached "record levels", with new analysis from CDP finding that more than $23bn has been invested in 2017 as some companies place an "internal price on water" to justify funding decisions.
As UN delegates meet in Bonn this week to commence the COP23 climate conference, the World Water Council (WWC) has reported that financial investment into water infrastructure needs to triple to €255bn annually to combat climate change and meet sanitation targets.
Just six of the world's largest food companies have set sustainable water-sourcing targets for the majority of their agricultural inputs, as a new report reveals that water risks in the supply chain are still largely ignored.
As research released for World Water Week (27 August - 1 September) warns that more than 100 cities face flood-related risks similar to those currently being felt in Houston, edie dives deep into the data to pull out 10 alarming statistics which underline why businesses must act NOW.
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.
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.
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.
Energy resilience is about ensuring a business has a
reliable, regular supply
of energy and contingency measures in place in the event of
a power failure.
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.
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
What are the business benefits of transitioning to low-carbon
vehicles? Which fuel
types are the most efficient? And what role can technology play
in changing driver
behaviours? This free edie Explains guide provides everything
you need to know when it
comes to greening your fleet.
A new era is upon us: the UN’s Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the
Modern Slavery Act (MSA) and the Task Force on Climate-
related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have together paved
the way for an entirely new approach to corporate
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
EXCLUSIVE: There is no "competitive leverage" to be gained by failing to work with rival brands to tackle ongoing waste issues regarding paper coffee cups and the wider use of plastics, Starbuck's vice president of corporate affairs Simon Redfern has claimed.
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
Ahead of edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Awards in January, edie is taking a closer look at some of the projects initiatives that have been deemed worthy of a finalist position by our expert judges. Up next: AccorHotels' new London hotel.
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.
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.
Businesses and Public sector bodies spend the equivalent of £22bn on energy every year. Yet it is
often overlooked by these organisations, who lack the knowledge of how much they are
consuming or even potentially wasting.
Oxford University Hospitals benefited from a finance procurement system that partnered the Trust with companies that could replace aging heat and power infrastructure with a combined heat and power system that would generate massive economic savings.
This new report focuses on the opportunity for companies to
amplify their carbon reduction efforts by driving renewables
through their supply chains. Given how easy it is to choose
renewable electricity in the UK, businesses could be doing
more to engage with their suppliers.
UK businesses without an energy resilience strategy are
risking 17% of their
revenue, equating to £2.8m each year in damages and lost
is a key finding from Centrica Business Solutions’
research into the current
state of energy resilience.
As more companies look to create the right work environments for staff wellbeing, Landsec created the UK's largest fully WELL Certified space for staff health, which also achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
After a record-breaking number of entries, the judging
panel has met, the
decisions have been made and edie is proud to reveal the
finalists for the
2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards.
In the latest in the edie Explains series, we look at
management systems (BEMS), exploring what they are, what
they do and what the
business benefit is.
Theresa May has today outlined a vision for a "cleaner, greener Britain", unveiling the long-awaited 25-year Environment Plan which pledges to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste by the end of 2042.
The purpose of a green office programme is to enable a
business to improve the
efficiency of its everyday operations by taking practical
steps to reduce
office resource consumption and implement more
sustainable practices that
benefit both the organisation and its employees.
The fruits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continue to accelerate how businesses act within society; but nestled in alongside automation and the Internet of Things, can little-known blockchain truly revolutionise sustainability?
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.
CISL and its recently formed Rewiring the Economy Inquiry
Group published its latest
report ‘Towards a sustainable economy’, to identify new
business approaches that can
drive progress towards the SDGs.
Regulator Ofwat has granted hospitality giant Whitbread a self-supply licence to deliver its own water and wastewater services for all of its brands in England.
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.
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.
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.
The UK energy system is in flux. It is changing more
quickly – and more fundamentally – than at any point since
the Industrial Revolution.
The global energy system is undergoing a radical transition. Renewable energy costs are
tumbling and new approaches to energy management such as battery storage and demand
response are offering new ways for organisations to operate more sustainably.
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".
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-
The world’s first standard for implementing the
principles of the circular economy in organizations