The challenge of moving water from the ‘sustainability’ office, to C-level/corporate strategy
C-level believes that water or separation technologies are a necessary cost of doing business, unless suddenly there is sense of urgency that relates to a PR issue, a sudden increase in the cost of doing business or a billion-$ opportunity.
Believers in the need to prioritize water up to the C-level would need to evaluate if this idea has validity and then roadmap a strategy. This session will focus on:
- What are the burning platforms or market opportunity to raise profile of water to C-level
- Where is the data to back the burning platform
- What is the roadmap to raise the sense of urgency and move water up to C-level
Nityen Ranjan Lal, Managing Director, Icos Capital
Water management using satellites: The high-level view
Our society is critically dependent on water, and the way that we collectively manage it impacts us all at home, at work and everywhere in between. It’s often the interfaces between the different users of water, whether domestic, industrial or public policy communities where the challenges occur. This roundtable discussion will investigate how you can use satellites to establish a ‘high-level view’ of the situation to help understand these challenges, as a route towards determining the solutions. For example:
- To improve water catchment management, by predicting agricultural run off and reducing need for large-scale water treatment
- To enable better irrigation strategies, using large scale knowledge of soil moisture levels
- To improve flood management
- To monitor and mitigate risks associated with industrial waste water management (e.g. mine tailings)
Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult
Technical approaches to water stewardship
Regulation and governance, coupled with clear communication, good practice, monitoring and metering can go a long way towards addressing issues of water stewardship. One element of a corporate response to water risk is the use of technology in order to minimise water use, maximise efficiency and alleviate costs associated with treatment and disposal of effluent.
Often undervalued because of the low unit cost, water is often a proxy for other resources including energy, heat and chemicals. Businesses can overlook the benefits to be derived from innovation in the technology used to manage water. In this session we will look at:
- how to encourage innovation
- collaboration for innovation
- funding for research and development
Jonathan Abra, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Water, the Knowledge Transfer Network
Cate Lamb, Head of Water, CDP
Lisa Greenlee, Director of Strategic Partnerships, WaterAid
Data/information for improved water management: expanding the stock and increasing accessibility
First on the list of priorities for improving water management is better data on availability of water resources and their use. Information on availability of surface and ground waters, as well as ‘green water’ in the soil and plants, is currently lacking in many contexts. Without accurate water data - including at different times of the year (wet and dry seasons) - accounting for water management quickly becomes a guessing game. The heightened interest and involvement of private companies is an opportunity to better understand how agricultural and industrial water consumption can be managed sustainably alongside other uses. As part of learning from experience, the international standards for water stewardship recommend evaluation and disclosure of water stewardship performance, risks and benefits.
This roundtable will consider the steps that businesses and government are taking - and further need to take - in order to fill the information gap. Areas for discussion will include:-
- measures to promote and incentivise data-sharing (including via pre-competitive fora);
- processes for review of lessons learnt from water stewardship initiatives;
- developments in accounting practices and reporting codes.
James Dalton, Coordinator, Global Initiatives, Water Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature-IUCN; and
Peter Newborne, Research Associate, Water Policy Programme, Overseas Development Institute-ODI.