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EWP Water Stewardship Scheme: Guidance towards Sustainable and Effective Response Strategies in Operational Water Management. Water Resource Efficiency Workshop, Copenhagen 16 th of June 2011. Sabine von Wirén-Lehr (Program Coordinator). Background.

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Sabine von wir n lehr program coordinator

EWP Water Stewardship Scheme:Guidance towards Sustainable and Effective Response Strategies in Operational Water Management

Water Resource Efficiency Workshop, Copenhagen 16th of June 2011

Sabine von Wirén-Lehr

(Program Coordinator)


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Background

- The EWP Water Stewardshipscheme (EWS) has been developed within the stakeholder process of the Water Stewardship Program

- The Water Stewardship scheme operates within the context of EU Policy and will ultimately contribute to the current flagship activities of the European Commission to achieve “Resource Efficiency” and to prepare the “European Blueprint”.


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Background

EWP Water Stewardship Scheme (EWS)

EWP Water Stewardship Scheme (EWS)

European Water Stewardship Standard (EWSS)

+ Glossary

+ Guideline

Inspection and Certification Scheme

Communication Guidelines (under development)


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EWP Water Stewardship Program:

Footprinting and Stewardship

Footprinting: understanding

Stewardship: responding

Volume Accounting

  • Management

  • Impacts

  • Communication

Life Cycle Analysis

  • Reward


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EWP Water Stewardship Program : Benefits


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Operational Risks

  • Physical risk

  • Water supply and quality

  • Regulatory risk

  • – Uncertainty

  • Reputational risk

  • – Social license

  • to operate

  • Financial risk

  • –Threats to the bottom line, direct costs and investment related


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EWP Water Stewardship Program

2009

Standard Development

2011

Implementation

2010

Validation

  • Launch of WGs

  • Set up draft Water Stewardship Standard

  • Application asbusiness case

  • Pilot Studies 2nd Round

  • Pilot Studies 1st Round

Aquawareness Strategic Partners

Water Stewardship Partners


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EWP Water Stewardship Program: Host

European

Institutions

NGOs

Research

Private Business

Governmental

Agencies

Local & Regional

Institutions


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EWP Water Stewardship Program

Phase II

Phase III

2009

Standard Development

2010

Validation

2011

Implementation

  • Application asbusiness case

  • Pilot Studies 2nd Round

  • Pilot Studies 1st Round

  • Launch of WGs

  • Set up draft Standard for SWM

Phase I


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Program Phase I: Focus for Standard

4 Principles

Sustainable Water Abstraction

Good Water Status

Equitable Water Governance

High Conservation Value Areas


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Structure of the EWSS (v3.3)

  • Based on major impacts of water use

  • Developed and approved by 10 month multi-stakeholder process and external experts

  • Pilot tested

  • 55 indicators:


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EWSS Structure: Principle 1


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EWSS Structure: Principle 2


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EWSS Structure: Principle 3


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EWSS Structure: Principle 4


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EWSS Example


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What about Economics?

  • Criterion 4.9: Economic Transparency

  • Are investments for maintenance and improvement transparent and fully reported?

  • Are incentive systems in place that support the implementation of SWM?

  • Is an environmental cost analysis in place?


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What about Efficiency?

  • Criterion 4.3: Link of water management to the management of other sources

  • Are the water use and energy requirements optimized and is an integrated water and energy management plan in place?

  • Energy input in irrigation documented?

  • Criterion 4.4: Efficiency of water consumption through the increase of recycling and the reduction of losses

  • Is recycling of water implemented?

  • Are water losses identified? Is there a strategy to reduce losses?

  • Is water consumption per unit product quantified?


Sabine von wir n lehr program coordinator

EWP Water Stewardship Program

Phase II

Phase III

2009

Standard Development

2010

Validation

2011

Implementation

  • Application asbusiness case

  • Pilot Studies 2nd Round

  • Pilot Studies 1st Round

  • Launch of WGs

  • Set up draft Standard for SWM

Phase I


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What is the role of pilots?

Standard

Development

Pilot

Organizations

Awareness + Ownership of Water Stewardship Approach

Set of applicable tools and award systems


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Pilot Studies: Current Status

Pilot organizations:

Industry

Agriculture

Golf

Urban Areas


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EWP Water Stewardship Program

Phase II

Phase III

2009

Standard Development

2010

Validation

2011

Implementation

  • Application asbusiness case

  • Pilot Studies 2nd Round

  • Pilot Studies 1st Round

  • Launch of WGs

  • Set up draft Standard for SWM

Phase I


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Outcome Piloting

Where are the major draw-backs / the highest innovation?

  • Establishment of an integrative water management strategy

  • Data documentation and monitoring according to (new) WFD requirements

  • Evaluation of operational water use on river basin scale

  • Involvement of HCVs


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Outcome Piloting

Added value

  • Identify balanced solutions / responses

  • Thinking „out of the box“

  • Integration of water management in operational strategy

  • River basin approach


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Operational added value

Added value of Water Stewardship Assessment for pilot organizations

  • Givesguidance to analyze operational water management from a different perspective involving the river basin scale

  • Reveals critical points and risks of operational water management

  • Prepares the operation for implementation of legal requirements linked to water

I. Provides guidance for operations’ improvement

  • Facilitates public communication

  • Facilitates the link with public authorities or water suppliers / waste water treatment services

  • Provides a signal to shareholders, investors and the sector

II. Facilitates external communication


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Contact and information

www.ewp.eu/activities/water-stewardship

and

Dr Sabine von Wirén-Lehr

Program Coordinator

European Water Partnership (EWP)

E-mail: [email protected]


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