Water stewardship for industry

Making your business water resilient.
Industrial wastewater treatment plant purifying water before it is discharged

Corporates, including industries, are at the heart of sustainable water management. Whether through their production processes, in their supply chains or as part of their corporate social responsibility, they rely on sufficient and adequate quality water supply, while also being impacted by changes in water resources within their operational areas. Although corporates may have similar reasons for becoming more responsible water users and thus good water stewards, setting the right course towards good water stewardship might differ per sector and context. Regardless of your company’s current stage in the water stewardship journey, we are ready to assist you on your way towards a water-resilient and sustainable future.

Our clients highly appreciate our services on water stewardship as they are building upon our engineering expertise and understanding of day-to-day operational needs. We can provide strategic advice that enables companies to implement their sustainability goals and targets and create positive impacts on water resources.

Basja JantowskiGlobal Lead, Water Strategy for Industry

Ensuring business continuity

Almost all natural disasters are water related. With climate change and extreme weather events set to increase, industry must act to improve resilience to water-related risk.

The production networks, supply chains and distribution channels of multinational companies traverse the world. Due to the nature of these vast networks, local issues with supply and delivery of goods could lead to global disruption. Disrupted processes and practices can result in unsafe working conditions, dissatisfied customers, loss of market share and income, damage to brand reputation, production stops, supply chain delays, damaged goods, contractual claims, and loss of jobs.

Our digitally driven, business continuity services enable industries to sense and respond more quickly to the cascading effects of disturbances in today’s complex delivery and production systems. By combining knowledge and insights, potential cascading effects are mapped, and pinch points and potential failure nodes identified. In this way, we enable industries to mitigate by adopting resilience strategies.
Flooding in harbor
Industry plant in agricultural area

Water stewardship

Water is essential to business operations but its management must be understood within its wider context. Good water stewardship allows businesses to balance and forecast their water needs and the needs of communities and the natural world.

As increasing numbers of industries face challenges around quality and quantity of available water, the economic and social pressure to improve water stewardship is growing. Industry must see this need as an opportunity not merely a matter of compliance.

We partner with industries to identify potential for water saving and material recovery options at site level, and by assessing water vulnerability at catchment level. Successful water stewards understand shared concerns on water balance and water quality. By aligning company-wide decision making with sustainable water use industries can minimize business disruption and help secure themselves, and their catchment area neighbors, a more resilient future.

Sustainable water use

In areas of significant water stress industrial water needs are likely to be prioritized behind those of drinking water and food production. It’s therefore of paramount importance that businesses commit to sustainable water use.

Sustainable water use aims to meet present demands without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. To achieve this, a paradigm shift is needed in both our use of fresh and wastewater resources.

Currently, over 80 percent of wastewater produced returns to the environment without being treated or reused. This damages ecosystems and has a costly impact on society. As well as protecting ecosystems, transforming our approach to wastewater also offers significant opportunities including raw material recovery.

We partner with industries, advising, engineering and implementing smart (digital) solutions to reduce, reuse and recycle water, and – at the same time – recover resources and replenish water ecosystems. In this way, we co-create improvements for industries’ operations, other water users and the ecosystems they operate in and depend upon.
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