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Two-thirds of the world’s growing population is expected to face water scarcity in 2025, according to the United Nations. That’s huge. A finite amount of fresh water will have to be shared by more people and more industry and food production than ever before. What needs to change for this happen? Businesses need to play a vital role in this conversation.
We find that most companies are arriving late to this dialogue — but don’t despair. There are more tools available than ever before to help you get started in assessing your business’s water risk and in determining the most sustainable course of action.
Most companies have made impressive progress in carbon footrpinting, setting goals, and reporting reductions. But water needs to be understood at the regional level – reductions in water-rich areas do not have the impact of reductions in water-scarce areas. A critical step for all businesses is to plot water consumption points against water –scarce regions and then prioritize efforts in these areas. Here are some tools to help you get started:
Take a look at these interactive water maps created by two students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. You can compare your country’s water use to that of other nations and examine embedded water use for different foods and consumer goods. It is a great way to get a conversation going.
That year marks the close of the United Nations’ International Decade for Action on Water. Make sure you’ll have some progress to report!
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