• Capabilities: Performance Driven Architecture, Program Management, Project Management, Whole Lifecycle Costing, Cost and Commercial Management, Engineering, Water Solutions, Environmental Solutions, Industrial Water, Water Management, Business Transformation and Resiliency, Asset Strategy and Performance, Business Advisory
  • Sectors: Power, Natural Resources, Mining and Metals, Oil and Gas, Industrials, Chemical and Life Science, Manufacturing and Technology, Water and Utilities, Water

Business Guide on circular water management

Global - The 2030 Water Resources Group expects that by 2030 global freshwater demand will have exceeded supply by over 40%, and that a significant share of the operations of global companies will be located in areas of high water stress. To coop with this information industrial companies are seeking methodologies, processes and measures to organize their water risks. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) water working group has picked up this need and produced a Business Guide on Circular Water management. Arcadis is a co-chair of this working group.

‘5Rs’

Approach: Reducing, reusing and recycling water and replenishing water systems while recovering resources

50%

Benchmarked data across industries indicate that there are opportunities to reduce industrial water consumption by up to 50%

WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. With a global network of almost 70 national business councils their members have an unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD has a unique position to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver high-impact business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues. The current and future challenges of sustainable water management is one of these.  

Sustainable water management is particularly relevant for businesses, as companies are likely to be last in line for water allocation in resource-constrained areas. As such, businesses have a key part and an essential role to play in addressing water challenges.  

By pursuing the ‘5R’ approach,  reducing, reusing and recycling water, restore water for the ecosystems while recovering resources, companies can create win-wins for their own operations, other water users and the ecosystems they operate in and depend upon.   

This Business Guide to Circular Water Management is designed to equip business decision-makers with the tools they need to understand how to overcome internal and external barriers to implementing circular water management solutions. It will also help businesses understand how and why water regulations matter, and what best practices already exist. The aim is for this guide to kick-start company action, and to ensure business leadership on the paradigm shift. It also identifies the first step required for valuing water as a precious natural resource, and in understanding wastewater as an asset to company resilience, continuity and growth. Arcadis’ experts wrote this practical guide in close collaboration with water experts from the WBSCD Circular Water Management working group en with the valuable contributions of many industrial companies such as: EDF Group, Vale, P&G, L’Oréal, Nestlé, ENGIE, Heidelberg Cement, Shell, Aditya Birla Group, BP, Veolia, BASF, Deloitte, Heineken, Godrej industries, Smurfit Kappa, PepsiCo, Tata and Vedanta. 


Download here de Business guide to circular water management. 



Outcomes

‘5Rs’

Approach: Reducing, reusing and recycling water and replenishing water systems while recovering resources

50%

Benchmarked data across industries indicate that there are opportunities to reduce industrial water consumption by up to 50%

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