Every Last Drop: Water and the Sustainable Business

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While populations around the globe are booming, the availability of freshwater is plummeting. These two factors simply cannot coincide harmoniously. As a result, companies are reevaluating the way that freshwater is used in their business to conserve the one percent of freshwater that remains on the earth’s surface today.
Every Last Drop confronts the growing water scarcity issue by presenting figures that bring the current water situation into a clearer light. This slide deck is important for any organization, small or large, as water scarcity will inevitably affect your company either directly or indirectly.
Indeed there are quick fixes to conserve water, like switching to low flow toilets or censored faucets, but some changes are more complex. One must consider the fact that water is used at every step of your company’s supply chain. Every Last Drop examines superficial and embedded water use, allowing you to see where you can conserve holistically. As well as this, it examines usage from both residential and industrial perspectives to find a strategy tailored to fit your needs!

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Every Last Drop: Water and the Sustainable Business

  1. 1. EVERY LAST DROP: Water and Sustainable Business SSC White Paper
  2. 2. Every Last Drop As water scarcity becomes a more and more pressing issue, businesses are beginning to realize its widespread affects. This presentation summarizes the white paper Every Last Drop: Water and Sustainable Business, which provides a broad overview of the current water situation by highlighting the major issues and trends surrounding water scarcity and quality in the context of business risk. It also covers water trends and how to measure your organization's water footprint, providing practical tools for reducing water and saving money. A guide to smart water use based on your industry type is included. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Every Last Drop After reading Every Last Drop, you will be able to answer: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Why do you need to address water risk in your business? What might the future look like for your industry and how will that shape key strategic business decisions? How will you implement a water conservation and risk strategy? What behavioral/technological changes will you have to make? How fast will you see a return on investment? How can you market your efforts to gain competitive advantage? www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. Part One: An Introduction to the Problem
  5. 5. Part One: An Introduction to the Problem Water is a key component of all business operations, whether in direct processes or supply chain sectors. While in some cases water can be replaced by oil, the need to use water can never be completely avoided. No company, regardless of its size, can ignore the effects that water challenges will bring. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. Part One: An Introduction to the Problem Globally speaking, our water use is unsustainable. If changes happen now, and we mean now, water shortages, ecological collapse, and economic disaster can be avoided in the future. Every Last Drop highlights water Whether you have just started to think about sustainability or would like to take your efforts to a new level, Strategic Sustainability Consulting can help! trends in the context of business risk, making water conservation accessible to your organization. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. Part Two: Water Troubles
  8. 8. Part Two: Water Troubles With only a finite amount of fresh water on the planet for human use (less than 1% of usable water being available above ground), and a booming population, water truly is the next big global issue. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Part Two: Water Troubles  The Big Picture     Water is not always abundant where it is truly needed while the reverse is also true: it can be an abundant resource where demand is not as high (with low concentrations of people) Water is basically immobile, and highly costly to transport Freshwater consumption worldwide has more than doubled in recent years As more and more countries industrialize, embedded water usage sky rockets For more facts and figures download the rest of Every Last Drop! www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  10. 10. Part Two: Water Troubles  The Effects of Climate Change      The amount, intensity, frequency, and type of precipitation The widespread appearance of droughts Intense depreciation of glaciers and snow cover Higher water temperatures, increased precipitation intensity, and decreased flow all exacerbate pollution Increased vulnerability of ecosystems www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  11. 11. Part Two: Water Troubles  Decaying Infrastructure     Many water pipes, storage facilities, dams, and reservoirs are over 100 years old Leaks and sewage spills result Lack of accurate water usage monitoring due to outdated systems Climate change will only decay infrastructure further www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  12. 12. Part Two: Water Troubles Concerning water-energy confluence, it is important to save the energy that is required to pump, process, and refine our water and waste. In doing so water itself will be conserved. Once you consider water and energy as related, environmental impacts can be minimized holistically. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  13. 13. Part Two: Water Troubles  Pricing and Privatization    While water prices may seem cheap now, they will inevitably rise in the near future Until water prices reflect the true cost of delivering water, many infrastructure changes will be hard to make Download Every Last Drop to understand more on the private sector! With an enormous amount of capital expenditure required to fix the water infrastructure, financing has become a key issue www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  14. 14. Part Three: Water Conservation
  15. 15. Part Three: Water Conservation Contrary to popular belief it is actually often more cost effective for businesses to invest in technologies and processes that save water, rather than to source more. Much like energy efficiency, a first step should always be water efficiency before seeking new sources of water. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  16. 16. Part Three: Water Conservation  Conservation and Human Behavior     The term “water conservation” is defined as reducing water use by improving the efficiency of various uses of water without decreasing services Improving water efficiency can be either behavioral or technological in nature It is helpful to think about the water problem in one of two ways: by either reducing demand or increasing supply Learn more in our free white paper here. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  17. 17. Part Three: Water Conservation  Jumpstart Change    Educate and involve employees on water conservation Locate all water using sources in the facility: bathrooms, wash sinks, dish machines, HVAC, cooling water Identify and implement water conservation www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  18. 18. Part Three: Water Conservation Technologies to Consider Category Best Available Technology Cost Toilets and Urinals Composting Toilets and Waterless Urinals Starting at $200-$300 Faucets Sensor Activated High Efficiency Faucets Aerators start at $5 Showerheads Low Flow Head with a Stop Valve Range from $8-$50 Hot Water Recirculating Hot Water Systems with Temperature Controlled Bypass Valve and a Timer Starting at about $300 Clothes Washers Energy Star Clothes Washer Starting at $800 Dishwashers Energy Star Dishwasher Starting at $400 Gray Water Gray Water System for Irrigation and Toilets Cost Varies Geographically Rain Water Harvesting System for Irrigation and Toilets $2500 for a Large Cistern Irrigation Satellite Enabled Irrigation Start at $500 Controllers with Self-Closing www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Nozzles Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  19. 19. Part Three: Water Conservation Conservation Check List: Your Water Bill •Understand you water bill and review it monthly for indications of leaks, spikes, or other problems Your Water Meter •Learn how to read your meter and do so monthly, comparing to the previous year to detect changes Check and Repair Leaks Go Low Flow Try Sweeping •Use dry sweeping, water efficient spray brooms, or low flow spray nozzles Irrigation •Test Sprinklers 4 times a year Install Information Signs and Train Employees Recycle and Reuse www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Learn more by downloading Everyrights reserved. Last Drop. Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All
  20. 20. Part Four: Creating and Implementing a Water Strategy
  21. 21. Part Four: Creating and Implementing a Water Strategy There are specific actions you can take in order to minimize the risks that water scarcity can have on your company. The following steps will help you in assessing your water inputs and outputs so that you can manage them to ultimately save water and maximize business opportunities. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  22. 22. Part Four: Creating and Implementing a Water Strategy The Steps 1. 2. Measure your company’s water footprint throughout its value chain Assess the physical, regulatory, and reputational risks associated with your water footprint  3. Seek to align findings with the company’s energy and climate risk assessments Engage key stakeholders as a part of water risk assessment, longterm planning, and implementation activities www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  23. 23. Part Four: Creating and Implementing a Water Strategy The Steps 4. 5. 6. Integrate water issues into strategic business planning and governance Disclose and communicate water performance and associated risks Create an action plan to reduce your water use throughout your value chain Don’t forget to download the white paper to learn more on each step of creating a strategy! www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  24. 24. Part Five: Specific Strategies
  25. 25. Part Five: Specific Strategies Since water use varies so greatly between residential and industrial organizations, this section will examine the specific routes that these categories can take to conserve water. Which one fits your organization? www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  26. 26. Part Five: Specific Strategies  Residential  Golf Courses   Get “greener” grass, improve irrigation, utilize rain water Medical Facilities  Update equipment, evaluate chemicals, assess cooling systems  Lodging  Laundries  Update washing machines Which one fits your organization? Download Every Last Drop to learn more on specific strategies for businesses. Find out how lodging uses water in more way than one! www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  27. 27. Part Five: Specific Strategies  Residential  Office Buildings  Install low flow toilets, eliminate once-through cooling equipment  Property Management  Restaurants   Retrofit with Energy Star appliances Schools  Update bathroom fixtures, reduce outdoor water use Which one fits your organization? Download Every Last Drop to learn more on specific strategies for businesses. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  28. 28. Part Five: Specific Strategies  Industrial  Apparel/Textiles    Check out a full case study on textile process improvement! Beverages   Consider your supply chain Consider bottling, distribution, and raw material production Biotechnology  Invest in community water projects to reduce wastewater discharge Which one fits your organization? Download Every Last Drop to learn more on specific strategies for businesses. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  29. 29. Part Five: Specific Strategies  Industrial  Food and Agriculture  Update irrigation systems, begin modest crop shifting  High Tech  Metals and Mining  Efficiency improvements in direct operations, including water recycling in ore refinement  Forest Products  Electrical Power Which one fits your organization? Download Every Last Drop to learn more on specific strategies for businesses. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  30. 30. Need Help Getting Started?
  31. 31. Need Help Getting Started? Whether you have just started to think about sustainability or would like to take your efforts to a new level, Strategic Sustainability Consulting can help with all your green initiatives. We have extensive experience helping small and medium sized firms develop customized sustainability plans in the context of their specific stakeholders and marketplace. Whatever your budget, we will provide you with a workable, cost-saving solution. Using our unique methodology – the SSC Green Audit – we will help identify issues specific to your firm, employees and customers. Stepby-step, we will show you how to seize competitive advantage through sustainability and become a leader in the green building environment. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  32. 32. Need Help Getting Started? This white paper is also a great resource to get you started! Every Last Drop: Water and Sustainable Business will provide you with the resources needed to take action. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  33. 33. Download the complimentary white paper in it’s entirety by visiting the SSC website today: Every Last Drop: Water and Sustainable Business What are your thoughts? Join the conversation on twitter @jenniferwoofter!

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