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News from the World Business Council on Sustainable Development WATER PROJECT

Posted by drinkwaterforlife on March 28, 2009 at 3:14 AM
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NEWS FROM THE World Business Council for Sustainable Development
WATER PROJECT
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New Version of Global Water Tool Out Now!
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Geneva, 27 March 2009 - The WBCSD has updated its Global Water Tool
(developed by its member CH2M HILL) with more recent water datasets, due
to its successful uptake since its launch in August 2007.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM2NjY


Istanbul Shows That Water Is Everybody's Business
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Geneva, 26 March 2009 - The huge amount of attention given to water
issues at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul this past week
highlights the importance of finding water solutions to the critical
challenges ahead, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
said today.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM4NTI


Business Calls on Istanbul Forum to Raise Political Profile of Water
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Istanbul, 12 March 2009 - The 5th World Water Forum to be held in
Istanbul is an opportunity to raise significantly the political profile
of water and highlight its interconnection with other global challenges
including climate change, food, energy and the current financial crisis.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM2Njc


Business Takes Lead on Water by Joining the Water Footprint Network
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Geneva, 16 October 2008 - Seven global groups, including the World
Business Council for Sustainable Development, joined forces today to set
up the Water Footprint Network, with the aim of working towards a common
approach to water footprint measurement, accounting and reporting.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzIwMDI



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PUBLICATION
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Link Water, Energy and Climate in Global Talks, Business Urges
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Istanbul, 19 March 2009 - Business leaders from some of the world's
biggest companies today called for water, energy and climate change to
be linked in global negotiations, such as the international climate
talks due to culminate in Copenhagen in December.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM3NTM



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CASE STUDIES AND COMPANIES IN THE NEWS
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GE, Singapore to set up water research facility
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AFP, 19 March 2009 - US conglomerate General Electric (GE) and a
Singapore university said Thursday they will invest 100 million US
dollars in a research facility aimed at helping solve the world's water
problems.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM3NjE


IBM Wants to Make a Big Splash in Water Management
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GreenBiz.com, 16 March 2009 - IBM is launching a new line of services
and research, called Strategic Water Information Management solutions,
as part of the firm's Smarter Planet initiative and the company's
growing efforts to work with utilities, government agencies and
businesses in managing water consumption.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM2NzI


PepsiCo Touts Water, Energy Savings from 2007
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GreenBiz.com, 7 January 2009 - In 2007, PepsiCo saved 5 billion liters
of water and nearly 500 million kilowatt hours of electricity compared
to its resource use in 2006. In its fourth sustainability report,
PepsiCo gives some examples of how its operations around the world have
reduced, water, fuel and energy use, as well as spread sustainability
throughout its supply chain.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzI5Nzc


Wetlands Programme: Mondi
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Geneva, 15 December 2008 - Some 55% of South Africa's wetlands have
been lost due to poorly managed agriculture and commercial forestry,
mining, urban development, pollution, dam building, erosion and fire.
Given that around 6 million South Africans lack piped drinking water,
they rely on streams and other natural bodies of water, which wetlands
often help to purify and protect.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM1MDU


ITT Completes First Rural Drinking Water Safety Project in China
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ChinaCSR, 4 December 2008 - ITT has donated water treatment equipment
for two rural water treatment plants that are part of a pilot project to
tackle rural drinking water issues in China.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzI3MzM


Improving sanitation in West Java: GHD
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Geneva, 18 August 2008 - Many areas of Indonesia lack adequate
sanitation and this is particularly the case in rural areas. Efforts to
address this situation have been increasing over the last few years, and
a change in policy direction by the government of Indonesia has
influenced the approach to the problem. An emphasis on decentralization
of services and a demand-driven response have directed much of the
activity to the communities themselves.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzExMDM



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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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Progress Seen in Corporate Water Reporting, But More Improvement Needed:
Study
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GreenBiz.com, 23 March 2009 - Companies have improved their practices
in reporting water use and its effects, but significant efforts must
still be made to provide greater disclosure and enable better
understanding of the risks and impacts of corporate water needs,
according to a recent report by the Pacific Institute.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM4NDU


As climate changes, is water the new oil?
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Reuters, 22 March 2009 - If water is the new oil, is blue the new
green? Translation: if water is now the kind of precious commodity that
oil became in the 20th century, should delivery of clean water be the
same sort of powerful political force as the environmental movement in
an age of climate change?
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM4NjM


Businesses Highlight Link Between Climate, Energy and Water Pressures
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GreenBiz.com, 20 March 2009 - The business community wants solid water,
energy and climate change data and analysis tools from policy makers to
help them manage risks and make smarter strategic decisions, according
to a new report published Thursday.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM4NDc


World leaders urged to link water to climate negotiations
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EurActiv.com, 20 March 2009 - Business leaders attending this week's
World Water Forum called on the international community to acknowledge
the link between water, energy and climate change, encouraging them to
take these up in global climate negotiations that are expected to be
concluded this December in Copenhagen.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM4NTE


Water must feature in climate debate - businesses
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ENDS Europe Daily, 20 March 2009 - Current international talks on a new
global climate treaty should also address the issue of water scarcity,
business leaders said in a report launched at the World Water Forum in
Istanbul on Thursday.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM4NDM


From a loo to you: Recycled sewage struggles with yuk factor
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AFP, 19 March 2009 - One day, when you read on a drink bottle "this
water has been passed by the minister of health," the message may be
open to interpretation in more ways than one.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM3NjI


China launches vast water clean-up
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SciDev.net, 17 March 2009 - A project to improve water quality in China
has been launched by the government, which says it is the largest
expenditure on environmental protection since the founding of the
People's Republic in 1949.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM3NTY


Business suffers with world water shortages
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Reuters, 10 March 2009 - From cotton farms to factories that make
high-tech computer chips, companies face huge risks from droughts like
those searing California and Australia and that recently parched the
U.S. Southeast.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzM2NDI


The State of Green Business 2009: Water Becomes the New Carbon
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GreenBiz.com, 3 February 2009 - It has become eco-chic in recent years
to declare that "water will be the oil of the 21st century" - an
essential and limited resource, unevenly distributed around the world,
the growing shortage of which will lead to economic power for water-rich
nations and poverty for the rest, possibly even resource wars between
the haves and have-nots. Given that, how do water-dependent companies
manage in a world where water quality and quantity become a constraint
to doing business?
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzMxOTg


Report Details Risks and Opportunities Facing Water-Dependent Industries

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SocialFunds.com, 9 December 2008 - In a recent report that highlights
critical environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues facing
water-dependent industries, the European Social Investment Forum
(Eurosif) found both risks and opportunities for companies involved in
water supply, water consumption, handling of water during industrial
production, and water technologies.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzI4MTA


Global Fund Puts Spotlight on Sanitation
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IPS, 18 September 2008 - The Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), created last
March with a 100-million-dollar target per year, is being billed as a
key financing mechanism aimed at meeting one of the eight U.N.
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzE1ODk



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SPEECHES
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Clean Water Opportunities & Challenges
(Speech by Mike Gambrel, Executive Vice President, Dow Chemical)
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"Together, we need to take an integrated approach that goes beyond just
technology but includes water usage, management, delivery,
infrastructure, finance, and education . the entire supply and delivery
chain... And businesses must have the will to create technology
solutions that make money, while including 'clean water' in their CSR
programs" Said Mike Gambrel Executive Vice President at the Dow Chemical
Company.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzIyMzg


"The trick is re-capture and re-use of energy otherwise wasted"
(Speech by George David, Chairman, UTC)
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"The fact is with technologies and systems already available we could
arrange our planet as a greenfield site to support current living
standards with half or less the input energy we consume today" said
UTC's Chairman, George David, at the 16th Annual Evening with the Stars
of Energy Efficiency.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzE5Njk


Water for All: A Matter of Good Governance - The OECD Perspective
(Speech by Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, OECD)
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"Managing and securing access to water and sanitation for all is one of
the most challenging items in the world agenda. It requires us to
rethink the governance structure of water to deal with it not only at
the national level, but also globally" said OECD Secretary-General Angel
Gurria at the 13th World Water Congress in Montpellier.
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http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MzE3NTM



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EVENTS UPDATE
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Blue Green & Gold: sustainable water for industry (27-28 April 2009)
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Water is forcing its way to the top of the agenda in business across the
world: scarcity, environmental protection and consumer choice all fuel
the search for sustainability. This event looks at how to adopt a
company wide policy towards water efficiency, how to find value in
waste, the benefits of engaging with the community and available
financing.
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http://www.watermeetsindustry.com/


International Water Week, Singapore (23-25 June 2009)
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Singapore International Water Week 2009, aptly themed "Sustainable
Cities - Infrastructure and Technologies for Water", aims to help you
and your organisations do just that - achieve long-term benefits. Here,
you will find sound professional advice and clear business direction
from various market segments to help you overcome tough challenges in
uncertain times.
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http://www.siww.com.sg/


Stockholm World Water Week 2008 (16-22 August 2009)
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The World Water Week in Stockholm is the leading annual global meeting
place for capacity-building, partnership-building and follow-up on the
implementation of international processes and programmes in water and
development. The theme of the week is " Responding to Global Changes:
Accessing Water for the Common Good" with a Special Focus on
Transboundary Waters
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http://www.worldwaterweek.org/


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