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Water Footprinting - Reducing costs and safeguarding against future legislation

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By Tony Kinsella, Chief Executive and Yvonne McGillycuddy, Water Consultant at Ceram Research Ltd

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Water Footprinting - Reducing costs and safeguarding against future legislation

  1. 1. Water Footprint Reducing Costs and Safeguarding Against Future Legislation Tony Kinsella Yvonne McGillycuddy
  2. 2. Key Drivers for Environmental Regulation <ul><li>Energy </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Climate Change Levy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EU-ETS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CRC energy efficiency </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Waste </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Landfill Tax </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging and Waste) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing cost of purchasing water </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing discharge costs </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Global Water Stress (Rekacewicz, 2006)
  4. 4. Companies committed to reducing their water consumption
  5. 5. Water Today <ul><li>Water is an essential natural resource. </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial supply may be threatened by increasing domestic demand. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently in the UK, water is regarded as unlimited and freely available. </li></ul><ul><li>Future water supply may be threatened by the impacts of climate change. </li></ul><ul><li>Main supply, abstraction, effluent and discharge costs will continue to increase. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What Legislator’s are Saying <ul><li>The Water Framework Directive (WFD) calls for users to “pay the real cost of the water they use” in a bid to reduce consumption. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Users should pay for the natural resources they use and the damage they create”. </li></ul><ul><li>OfWat suggests that “future challenges will make delivering safe, reliable, efficient and AFFORDABLE services increasingly difficult”. </li></ul><ul><li>Defra want to “reform the water industry to be innovative and efficient”. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction in available water will result in shortage of energy, restrictions on water use and an increase in the cost of water. (Water Information System for Europe) </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is a Water Footprint?
  8. 8. What is a Water Footprint?
  9. 9. Water Management
  10. 10. Water Management
  11. 11. Water Management
  12. 12. What will Water Footprinting deliver? <ul><li>Cost Saving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify potential inaccurate billing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify leaks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve process efficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify low/no cost measures to increase water efficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Benchmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Regulatory Compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced Sustainable Credential </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thank You

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