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Paul L. Freedman President LimnoTech Ann Arbor, Michigan. Water Footprinting & Other Sustainability Metrics… an Overview. Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Meeting. Washington, D.C., April 27, 2011. LimnoTech Overview. Founded 1975 Focus on water issues

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sustainable water resources roundtable meeting

Paul L. Freedman

President

LimnoTech

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Water Footprinting & Other Sustainability Metrics… an Overview

Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Meeting

Washington, D.C., April 27, 2011

limnotech overview
LimnoTech Overview
  • Founded 1975
  • Focus on water issues
  • Services: use cutting edge science & engineering approaches to guide clients in solving water pollution & management challenges
  • Serve diverse clients
    • Federal & State agencies
    • Municipalities
    • Corporations/Industries
    • Non profits
  • Geography:
    • - 49 states,
    • - 3 provinces,
    • - 5 continents
limnotech role in footprinting water stewardship
LimnoTech: role in Footprinting & Water Stewardship
  • Corporate water footprints
  • Partnered with various NGOs & Agencies on global training
  • Watershed protection, restoration, & replenishment
  • Active development role in WFN & AWS
  • Active participant in ongoing evolution of field of metrics
increased awareness
Increased Awareness

2009 Globescan 32,000 people in 15 countries found:

  • 90% perceived as serious problems
  • 78 % said that companies have a clear role and obligation to find solutions
why businesses are interested
Why Businesses are Interested
  • Physical Risk
    • Scarcity, quality
  • Regulatory Risk
    • Change in rules less availability, loss of license
  • Reputational Risk
    • Loss of market
  • Financial Risk
    • Costs
    • Revenues
global water initiatives
Global Water Initiatives

Aquawareness : EWP

Alliance for Water Stewardship

BIER Water Footprint Working Group

Carbon Disclosure Project -Water Disclosure

Corporate Water Gauge

Federation House Commitment to Water Efficiency

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)

Global Reporting Initiative

Global Water Tool (WBCSD)

UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative

Strategic Water Management Framework (Australia minerals)

UN CEO Water Mandate

Veolia Water Impact Index

Water Brief for Business

Water Footprint Network

Water Neutral Offset Calculator

WaterSense Certification Scheme

Water Stewardship Initiative

ISO Water Footprint Standard

elements of water stewardship frameworks
Elements of Water Stewardship Frameworks
  • Water use accounting
    • Withdrawals, discharge, consumption
    • Supply chain, direct, and end use
  • Impacts assessment
    • Access to human or aquatic life
    • Impaired quality
  • Business Risks
    • Shortages & costs
    • Regulation
    • Managment
  • Prevention & response
    • Conservation, management, and reuse
    • Watershed improvements
  • Public Communication & Disclosure
motivation for water metrics
Motivation for Water Metrics
  • Assessment
  • Risk reduction
  • Standards & Certification
  • Transparency & Disclosure
water footprint approach
Water Footprint Approach

Direct

Supply Chain

Water Footprint

End Use

Basis: Dr. Arjen Hoekstra (Univ. Twente, Netherlands)

examples
Examples

2400 l

2700 l

140 lper cup

70 l

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Global Water Tool®

  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Tool to estimate business risk from water scarcity
    • Locate Corporate facilities in water-scarce areas
    • Employees in countries lacking access to water or sanitation
    • Suppliers in water-scarce areas
  • Excel workbook and mapping tool
carbon disclosure project water disclosure
Carbon Disclosure ProjectWater Disclosure
  • Parallel to carbon disclosure
  • Focus on investment community
    • Disclosure of risks
    • Opportunities for business
  • Detailed questionnaire
  • uses
  • discharge
  • risk
  • strategic
  • condition
  • recycle
  • opportunity
  • management
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Standardize sustainability reporting

  • Example water reports
    • EN 8 water withdrawal by source
    • EN 9 water sources affected by withdrawal
    • EN 10 water recycled/reused
    • EN 21 water discharged (quantity, quality, destination)
    • EN 23 impact of spills
    • EN 25 biodiversity of water bodies
    • EN 28 fines
example gri output
Example GRI Output

EN 8. 9. 21

Chapter 5.10 Water Consumption

*****’s power distribution business operations do not interfere with the wetlands listed by the Ramsar Convention (1971) which addresses the preservation and rational use of wetlands, nor does its water consumption significantly affect ecosystems/natural habitats. In terms of industrial power generation, the water from the reservoirs, which only passes through turbines is not considered consumed water.

***’s power plants employ water from rivers, lakes and reservoirs for cooling in an open circuit without any recirculation.

**** does not recycle the water used in the administrative facilities. The water consumption by the administrative facilities in 2008 was, 545,905 m3 with a 2.0% reduction compared to 2007.

iso 14046 water footprint
ISO 14046 Water Footprint
  • Parallel to carbon footprint
  • Consistent with life cycle assessment
  • “footprint” with weighting factors to produce “score”
  • Under development
alliance for water stewardship
Alliance for Water Stewardship
  • Certification program
  • Initiated by multi stakeholder groups of global NGOs
  • Parallel to FSC, MSC certification
  • Focus on industry
  • Builds a regional efforts by EWP and WSI
  • Elaborate stakeholder input
  • Under development
summary water stewardship initiative
SummaryWater Stewardship Initiative
  • Many tools & approaches
  • Different roots & objectives
  • Different capabilities & applications
  • No one tool does it all
  • Field & tools under development
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For more information contact:

Paul L. Freedman, President

LimnoTech (www.limno.com)

501 Avis Drive

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

734-332-1200

pfreeman@limno.com

  • Water Footprinting & other Sustainability Metrics… an Overview

Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Meeting

Washington, D.C., April 27, 2011