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5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship and How to Overcome Them

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Have you implemented a water stewardship program? Water Stewardship has many moving parts, and many barriers. Join Antea Group and CDP to learn about the top 5 barriers and how to get past them to build a comprehensive water stewardship program.

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5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship and How to Overcome Them

  1. 1. 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship CDP Supply Chain Webinar February 2016
  2. 2. Why Antea Group 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 2confidential and proprietary
  3. 3. 3 Most Challenging Barriers to Implementing Corporate Water Strategies Barrier #1 No Single Recipe
  4. 4. Water and YOUR Business 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 1 facility 10’s of Facilities 100’s of Facilities 4 Water-related business risks and opportunities and company strategy depend upon your business perspective! confidential and proprietarySource: Maps are from the WRI Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas OR OR OR
  5. 5. Strategy Through Implementation 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 5confidential and proprietary
  6. 6. Defining Strategic Needs 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 6confidential and proprietary Ceres Aqua Gauge http://www.ceres.org/issues/water/corporate- water-stewardship/aqua-gauge/aqua-gauge CEO Water Mandate Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines (September 2014) http://ceowatermandate.org/files/Disclosure20 14.pdf BIER Water Stewardship Definition and Principles http://www.bieroundtable.com 2015 CDP Water Report
  7. 7. 3 Most Challenging Barriers to Implementing Corporate Water Strategies Barrier #2 The Pretty Fish in a Dry Pond
  8. 8. Understanding Operational Context 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 8confidential and proprietary Risks are unique to each location … …but business continuity is often the first pressure point
  9. 9. Local Business Resiliency 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 9confidential and proprietary
  10. 10. Fit-for-Location Strategy 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 10confidential and proprietary Facility A Facility B Available at: www.bieroundtable.com
  11. 11. 3 Most Challenging Barriers to Implementing Corporate Water Strategies Barrier #3 Diamond Water Paradox
  12. 12. True Cost and Value of Water 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 12 “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ” ― Thomas Fuller confidential and proprietary
  13. 13. What You Actually Pay 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 13confidential and proprietary Direct Costs +  Treatment costs (pre-treatment, chemicals, filters)  Electrical energy costs (cooling and moving water)  Thermal energy costs (heating and steam generation)  Yield loss costs (losses of water with embedded cost or value)  Waste costs (sewer fees/surcharges, water to drain, wastewater)  Regulatory costs (permits, fines, and compliance management)  Operations and maintenance costs Easily 2-4x Higher?
  14. 14. May Fix Itself 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 14confidential and proprietarySource: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/15/business/economy/the-price-of-water-is-too-low.html?_r=0  The ultimate conundrum: higher costs drive conservation; conservation drives the need to increase costs  Infrastructure 40-50 years old in the U.S. with insufficient cost recovery.  Projected to cost the U.S. $1 trillion over the next two decades.  Water treatment technology and investments.
  15. 15. Opportunity vs Business Value 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 15confidential and proprietary www.bieroundtable.com
  16. 16. 3 Most Challenging Barriers to Implementing Corporate Water Strategies Barrier #4 A Frog…or the Titanic
  17. 17. Water is Fundamentally Important, Agree? 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 17confidential and proprietary Nearly everything you make, do, or sell requires water.
  18. 18. Water is the Perfect Storm, Agree? 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 40% demand gap projected by 2030 globally, with key markets most stressed Advanced publicly available risk data and corporate information Growing expectations for corporate water disclosure and local-level accountability and engagement 18confidential and proprietary
  19. 19. Bizarre weather patterns 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 19confidential and proprietary
  20. 20. Bizarre weather patterns 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 20confidential and proprietarySource: Photo from www.surfermag.com.
  21. 21. Frog or Titanic Reference 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 21confidential and proprietarySource: Titantic image from www.bbc.co.uk and the frog image from http://www.cityhyd.info/2014/08/24/the-big-message-from-the-boiling-frog-syndrome/
  22. 22. 3 Most Challenging Barriers to Implementing Corporate Water Strategies Barrier #5 Data
  23. 23. Enabling Informed Decisions 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 23confidential and proprietary Positive Movement  Incredible strides over the past decade  Migration towards a common language (physical, regulatory, social & reputational)  Free, user friendly water risk tools and global datasets  Organizations are collaborating more than ever (Private, Public, NGO), including at the watershed level Continued Challenges  Insufficient and low integrity data beyond ‘physical’ (proxy measures)  Inconsistent data collection, format, and availability  Scalability and leveraging technology  Invaluable data and insights going unused
  24. 24. What Are We Collectively Sitting On? 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 24confidential and proprietary Not a matter of if any longer….it is how to leverage and share?
  25. 25. I Believe the Glass is Half Full… 5 Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship 25confidential and proprietary But, it will take a collective effort to address the water challenges we all face.
  26. 26. B E T T E R B U S I N E S S , B E T T E R W O R L D℠ Our Global Water Stewardship Service Area Leads: Management talent with business risk and opportunity acumen: Nick Martin Sustainability Practice Leader Senior Consultant +1 703 861 6997 nick.martin@anteagroup.com

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