Water Footprints and Corporate Strategies
- Understand the issues facing us globally in water management
- Learn how water footprints can be calculated for individual processes and products, as well as for consumers, nations and businesses
- Discover how to develop a corporate water strategy and manage it as a key business issue in order to capture the real value of water
Thursday 24th March 2011 17:00 (UK time: GMT +1), 12:00 (EDT), 9:00 (PDT)
30 minute presentation followed by Q & A session
About the webinar Join the authors of The Water Footprint Assessment Manual, and Corporate Water Strategies for an event that explores global water issues, and provides guidance on how industries can both assess their usage, and implement more sustainable strategies for utilizing this critical resource.
Arjen Hoekstra will introduce the Water Footprint concept and provide insight into how water footprints can be calculated for individual processes and products, as well as for consumers, nations and businesses.
Created in 2002 by Arjen Hoekstra, the water footprint is one of the family of environmental footprints that help us understand how our production and consumption choices are affecting natural resources. As population grows and the standard of living increases for many people, the water footprint tells us how much water is used each and every day in all our activities, such as for producing our food and to clothe us, and indicates the pressure we exert on our freshwater resources.
William Sarni will explain how vital it is that businesses understand the concepts important in water footprinting, such as embedded and virtual water. He will also draw on case studies that show how water strategies can be developed, to make businesses more resilient, successful and environmentally sustainable.
Who should register?
Business leaders, sustainability consultants, accountants and advisers, water resource planners, and policy-makers. Students of business studies and water resource management. Anyone interested in understanding how we can better manage this critical resource.
About the panelists
Arjen Hoekstra is a is Professor in Multidisciplinary Water Management at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and Scientific Director of the global Water Footprint Network. He specialises in integrated water resources planning and management, river basin management, policy analysis, and systems analysis.
William Sarni is the Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy Sustainability and Climate Change, Deloitte Consulting LLP. Will has been providing sustainability, environmental and hydrogeological consulting services to private- and public-sector enterprises for more than three decades, with a focus on developing and implementing corporate-wide sustainability strategies, as well as broad based climate and water programs.