Water is life. Without water there would not be life on Earth. We all depend on water – people, business and ecosystems. At the same time, people and business also impact water. We use it without realizing its real value and often take the resource itself and the services it provides for granted.

Water availability is increasingly limited. Globally, water resources are constant, but if current trends continue, water demand is predicted to increase by 55% worldwide between 2000 and 2050, with some industries increasing much more, such as manufacturing by 400% and electricity production by 140% (OECD, 2012). Water resources will not allow for such growth without an increase in the productivity of water use. Business as usual is simply not an option and reversing this trend is imperative.


Cooperation Between BASF and European Water Partnership on Sustainable Water Management

By BASF SE, Dr. Brigitte Dittrich-Krämer (BASF), Dr. Andrea Stögbauer (BASF)

Water is a vital resource – for both humanity and for the chemical industry. BASF uses water as a coolant, solvent, and cleaning agent, as well as in its products. At the same time, BASF offers its customers solutions that help to purify water, use it more efficiently, and reduce contamination. In order to further develop these solutions, BASF works closely with experts from various fields, while ensuring that the sustainable use of water remains a key priority here.  more[...]


Water valuation: Building the business case

By World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

This publication aims to demonstrate the business case for companies to engage in water valuation and is supported by a review of 21 business case studies that illustrate why and how different companies have carried out water valuation. It is a first response to Vision 2050, a WBCSD report that lays out a pathway leading to a world where 9 billion people live well, within the limits of the planet, by 2050 (WBCSD, 2010). Water Valuation: Building the business case paves the path towards the integration of true water values and true water costs into decision-making.  more[...]


Water and Energy: An Important Issue for GDF SUEZ

By Engie

By 2030, the world will face a water shortage in the amount of 40 percent of its needs. The energy sector, which is the second major user of water behind agriculture, will have to face this challenge. Hence, it is important for GDF SUEZ to be prepared for potential impacts on its business and identify risks and opportunities related to the problem of lack of water.  more[...]


Water Management in Action

By EDF Group

Water is used in energy production and supply, and, in turn, energy is used for pumping, moving, and treating water. As a result, in a context of climate change, the linkages between both energy and water systems have grown more complex and interdependent.  more[...]

  • In India, a community works to change sanitation and hygiene practices

    Eleven-year-old Sharda and half a dozen friends beat drums and chant slogans as they walk through the narrow lanes of Lalapur. Their message is: make the remote village in Uttar Pradesh free from open defecation.  more[...]

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  • Water Shortages May Escalate Conflict Between Countries

    Food security is the focus of this year’s World Water Week, the leading freshwater meeting currently underway in Stockholm. Because both food and energy are closely tied to internationally shared water resources, an important part of the conversation will be about turning competing demands for transboundary water resources into cooperation and sharing of benefits  more[...]  login_required

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  • New guide to identify most effective water tools helps business sustainably manage water

    World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

    The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and SustainAbility today released Water for Business. It is the first guide specifically designed for businesses to help them identify the water tools and initiatives most suitable for their business needs and environmental sustainability. This online guide will help businesses use water more effectively and support their efforts in adopting more sustainable solutions in partnership with other stakeholders.  more[...]  login_required

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  • How Climate Change Will Affect Food Security

    Dr. David Nabarro, United Nations

    Governments and the international community are responding by feeding the hungry while seeking longer-term solutions to increase the resilience of farmers and their capacity to grow more food. At the same time, there is a growing call for better-functioning social safety nets to protect the most vulnerable.  more[...]  login_required

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    Dr. David Nabarro, United Nations 
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