Businesses embrace the water energy nexus with innovative water-saving techniques and energy efficient measures. D.C. based non-profit, the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, highlighted companies’ success stories in a recent report and event that took place in May. In other news, H&M’s water stewardship efforts in China face new challenges and the US West continues to practice water cooperation.
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2 June 2014 | Building sustainability in any business is difficult. It involves conserving natural resources like water and energy, which means altering the business model, spending money and testing new methods that may or may not work.
For the brewery MillerCoors, it involved teaming up with The Nature Conservancy to develop water efficient farming practices. The duo created a pilot project based on water conservation practices that saved 270 million gallons of water – enough to quench a family of four’s thirst for 1,850 years – in a one year period. The project was initiated soon after the brewing company realized 90 percent of its water use occurred in the company’s agriculture supply chains.
The initiative takes place in Idaho’s Silver Creek Valley, where much of the beer industry grows its barley. MillerCoors wanted to use less water in growing the crop without reducing yield. And they were able to accomplish that using techniques like precision irrigation, installing riparian plants streamside and wetland restoration and monitoring.
The efficient irrigation techniques also meant a reduction in energy use. Farmers were using less water which means they were using less power to pump water. The farm cut its energy use by more than half.
More and more companies are realizing the connection between water and energy and making various attempts to solve their version of the problem. Recent offerings from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation aim to encourage the private sector along, with a new collection of
In other news this month, understanding business water risk just got a little easier, with the announcement that
We also have two stories this month that do a nice job illustrating some of the complexities for businesses in implementing a “water stewardship” approach: A piece from UK-based Anglian Water’s CEO
It’s been a busy month in the US West. We summarize coverage of efforts to
As fire season begins in the western states,
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