Corporate Water Footprinting: Why is it important? (Part 1) 2

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.

Each week, we will post a related blog to this site to inform our readers about important sustainability topics. Next week our blog will focus on the business related aspects of corporate water footprinting.  To subscribe, please enter your email address into the “email subscription” box on the right. You will be notified by email as new posts are made to the site.

For more information, please contact Wayne Bates at 508.970.0033 ext. 121 or wbates@capaccio.com.

Carbon Disclosure Project – Reporting Dates Released Reply

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent, not-for-profit organization which works to drive greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainable water use by business and cities. For those that participate, the CDP has posted its guidelines and dates for carbon, water, and supply chain reporting. The CDP will also be posting information on how to access the Online Response System (ORS) for each of these programs. CAPACCIO will continue to track the CDP for updates and will send along the ORS information as soon as it becomes available.

Carbon Reporting

–          Guidelines available                        January 2012

–          ORS instructions to be sent         early February 2012

–          Reports due                                    May 31, 2012

Water Reporting

–          Guidelines available                       January 2012

–          ORS instructions to be sent         February 2012

–          Reports due                                    June 30, 2012

Supply Chain Reporting

–          Guidelines available                       January 2012

–          ORS instructions to be sent         early April 2012

–          Reports due                                    July 31, 2012

Additional reporting information on each program, as well as past reports, are available on the CDP website: https://www.cdproject.net/

For more information or assistance in preparing reports, please contact Wayne Bates, PhD, PE, at 508.970.0033 ext. 121 or wbates@capaccio.com.