Water is a scarce natural resource, often misunderstood and undervalued. As we have come to recognize the dangers associated with climate change and energy security, the availability of water also concerns individuals, communities, and businesses on a global scale. The unsustainable rates of carbon emissions and water consumption are directly linked to population growth and industrial activity. However, water supply is also threatened by climate change as precipitation patterns and water availability change.
While many companies voluntarily report on carbon emissions and energy usage, measuring and reporting water usage across the supply chain (corporate water footprinting) can be more difficult. Water has effects both locally and globally – extraction and usage greatly depend on the source and the geographic location. It is important for businesses to understand potential threats and opportunities specific to water usage.
The Carbon Disclosure Project touts the importance of corporate water footprinting for many reasons: to highlight areas of risk and opportunity for businesses; to develop standard measurements and assessments; to provide transparency; to raise awareness about water concerns; and to ultimately encourage action and dialogue.
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