Great Lakes Corporate Water Stewardship

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The Alliance for Water Stewardship Beta International Water Stewardship Standard provides a roadmap for companies and utilities to follow towards sustainable water use. Participants will learn about the Alliance, how the Standard can help transform water management, and how to help improve the Standard before it is finalized in 2014. This presentation was given by Kathryn Buckner, President, Council of Great Lakes Industries.

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Great Lakes Corporate Water Stewardship

  1. 1.   Kathryn  A.  Buckner,  President   Council  of  Great  Lakes  Industries  
  2. 2.   Study  Sponsors   — Great  Lakes  Protec3on  Fund  (GLPF)   —  —  —  Council  of  Great  Lakes  Industries  (CGLI)   Na3onal  Council  for  Air  and  Stream  Improvement  (NCASI)   LimnoTech  (LTI)   2  
  3. 3. Industry  needs  water   NewPage  Corpora3on's  Escanaba  Paper  Company  Mill   Purpose   —  Process  support/transport  media   —  Serve  as  raw  material   —  Support  energy  produc3on   —  Provide  hea3ng  and  cooling   —  Treated  effluent  return  point   AFributes   —  Withdrawal  volumes  can  be  high   —  Return  flows  oKen  high   —  Low  consump3ve  use   —  Water  quality  is  maintained     3  
  4. 4. Water  stewardship  is  important   —  Relate  withdrawals  to   supply   —  Water  recycling  and  reuse   important   —  Poten3al  for  impact  is  key   concern   —  Rela3onships  with  other   users  are  important   —  Governance  plays  a  key   role   Lake  Michigan  from  Beaver  Island   4  
  5. 5. Can  water  stewardship  tools  help?   5  
  6. 6. The  list  of  tools  is  long,  and  growing…..   —  Aquawareness   —  Global  Water  Tool  (WBCSD)     —  Alliance  for  Water  Stewardship   —  BIER  Water  Footprint  Working   —  UNEP/SETAC  Life  Cycle  Ini3a3ve   —  Strategic  Water  Management   —  —  —  —  —  —  —  Group   Carbon  Disclosure  Project  -­‐Water   Disclosure   Ceres  Aqua  Gage   Corporate  Water  Gauge   Federa3on  House  Commitment   to  Water  Efficiency   Global  Environmental   Management  Ini3a3ve  (GEMI)   Global  Repor3ng  Ini3a3ve   —  —  —  —  —  —  Framework  (Australia  minerals)   UN  CEO  Water  Mandate   Water  Brief  for  Business   Water  Footprint  Network   Water  Footprint  Neutrality  and   Efficiency  Project  (UN)   Water  Neutral  Offset  Calculator   WaterSense  Cer3fica3on  Scheme   ISO  Water  Footprint  Standard   Source:  NCASI   6  
  7. 7. Evalua3ng  water  stewardship  tools   —  Explored  Great  Lakes   water  stewardship   priori3es  with   stakeholders   —  Established  metrics   approach  for  field  tes3ng   —  Carried  out  field  trials  at   Great  Lakes  industries   —  VeFed  results  with  mul3-­‐ stakeholder  Expert  Panel   7  
  8. 8. Ini3al  field  trial  results   —  Poten3al  for  significant   value   —  Context  is  cri3cal  to   defining  value   —  Some  metrics  redundant,   insufficient  or  missing   —  Exis3ng  tools  only  par3ally   addressed  water   stewardship  evalua3on   needs   8  
  9. 9. GLPF:  “What  works  best  in  the   Great  Lakes?”   —  Current  objec3ve:  Find  or   develop  a  tool  people  will   “line  up  to  use.”   —  Project  elements   —  Establish  characteris3cs   needed  for  tool   —  Test  tool  elements  at  five   industrial  facili3es   —  Establish  “home”  or   system  for  tool  use   9  
  10. 10. Establishing  tool  characteris3cs   —  Extensive  collabora3on   process   —  Industry  stakeholders   —  Water  stewardship  advocates   —  Resource  managers   —  Academics  and  policy   personnel   —  Webinars,  mee3ngs,  and   personal  communica3on   —  VeFed  through  Expert  Panel   10  
  11. 11. What  are  the  “Needed  Tool   Characteris3cs?”   Tool  Characteris.cs   Support  op(mized  internal  water  use  and  management   Understand  water  withdrawals,  consump3on  and  discharge   Give  and  protect  context  to  numbers  reported   Reflect  trends  in  performance  in  water  use   Understand  costs  associated  with  water  use  and  reduc3ons   Demonstrate  good  water  stewardship   Assess  and  minimize  impacts  and  risks  of  water  use   Account  for  regulatory  context  and  legal  framework     Highlight  water  conserva3on  best  prac3ces   Provide  “stamp  of  approval”/credibility   Report  on/demonstrate  local  facility  external  engagement     Support  disclosure  and  transparency     Generate  informa3on  for  reports   Demonstrate  water  management  decision  making  prac3ces   Respond  to  other  water  use  and  impacts  inquiries   Support  Great  Lakes  economic  development   Communicate  poten3al  for  sustainable  use   Highlight  social  and  economic  benefits  of  water  use   Comments   Measure  to  manage   Large  use  may  be  OK  in  abundant  Great  Lakes   Past  and  future   Tool  won’t  include  complete  cost/benefit  analysis   Environmental  impacts;  physical,  reputa3onal,   regulatory  risks;  environmental  jus3ce   Reflect  strong  governance,  processes  in  place   Recognize  or  accommodate  compe33ve  needs  or   uses  for  capital;  consider  environmental  /energy   tradeoffs;  accommodate  differences  between   sectors  and  facili3es  in  same  sector   Full  cer3fica3on  an  op3on  but  not  always  the  end   game   In  watershed  planning  and  management   Avoid  duplica3ve  repor3ng     Illustrate  examples  and  communicate  with   stakeholders   Make  sure  data  not  used  out  of  context   Demonstrate  poten3al  for  posi3ve  or  neutral   influence  on  water  resources   But  not  in  units  of  water  volume  (not  $/gal)   11  
  12. 12. Challenges  for  the  tool   Ultimately,  the  tool  must  ……..   Demonstrate  value  to  industries     Need  to  know  “what  will  I  get  out  of  it?”     Create  something  easy  to  use   Resources  are  limited   Leverage  existing  tools  and  frameworks   Don’t  recreate  the  wheel   Access  existing  data  collected  for  legal   requirements   Account  for  variability  in  operations  &  across   sectors   Provide  clarity,  improve  communications;   concerns  over  “worst”  or  “best”  comparisons;   may  include  a  glossary  of  terms.   Results  will  be  public,  possible  barrier  for   industry   Integrate/collate  available  data   Make  sure  it’s  flexible   Serve  as  vehicle  for  common  dialogue     Protect  confidentiality  needs  of  industry   Provide  a  voluntary  tool  that  should  not  lead  to  regulatory   use.   Develop  something  that  can  be  applied  to  an  individual   facility  or  group  of  facilities   Be  consistent  with  Compact  and  minimize  redundancy  with   State  tools  for  water  use  reporting.   Recognize  the  tool  could  affect  positive  behaviors  by  users   and  potential  users     Don’t  want  this  to  be  a  barrier  for  use   Improvements  may  be  more  apparent  than  on   facility-­‐basis   Regulators  are  not  seeking  a  new  tool   The  tool  may  illustrate  good  stewardship   practices  for  others   12  
  13. 13. Tools  vs.  characteris3cs   —  Field  tests  being  used  to   test  tool  inputs/outputs   against  needed   characteris3cs   —  Is  AWS  the  answer?   —  Metrics  mapping  exercise   conducted   —  A  “hybrid  approach”  has   been  adopted  for  field   test  work   13  
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  15. 15. Overlap:  Tool  Characteris3cs/AWS  IWSS   Characteris.cs  of   GL  Tool-­‐Specific  Criteria   +  + +  +  +     Addi(onal  metrics  to   derived  tool   add   +   +   AWS  Core  Criteria   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   Overlapping   indicators  /   metrics   Team   Feedback  to   AWS   Developers   AWS   AWS  Core  and  Advanced  Level   Criteria   XX X X Not  relevant   15  
  16. 16. Preliminary  observa3ons   —  Water  stewardship  can  be  an  element  of  broader   sustainability  efforts   —  Corporate  objec3ves  vs.  local  facility  needs  may  differ  –   individual  facili3es  can  be  at  various  stages  of   stewardship  development   —  Desirable  to  use  governance  compliance  ac3ons  to  sa3sfy   tool  criteria     16  
  17. 17. Preliminary  observa3ons   —  Important  to  evaluate  return  on  op3ons  vs.  taking  a  direct   goal  sejng  approach   —  Some  op3ons  may  “reduce  water  use”  but  offer  few  addi3onal   benefits   —  Water  stewardship  projects  must  compete  for  funding  with   other  projects   —  Communi3es  may  priori3ze  sustainability  measures  geared   towards  economic  stability     How  can  tools  accommodate  these  issues?     17  
  18. 18. Primary  Project  Purpose     To  iden3fy,  package,  or  create  water   stewardship  tool(s)  for  use  by  Great  Lakes   industry   18  
  19. 19. THANK  YOU!       Council  of  Great  Lakes  Industries       Kathryn  A.  Buckner   President   kabuckner@cgli.org   734-­‐663-­‐1944     Dale  K.  Phenicie   Technical/Projects  Director   dkphenicie@cgli.org    770  487-­‐7585  

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