Written by: Amy Cornforth
Posted on: 01/09/22
World Water Week 2022
As World Water Week draws to a close, it’s still important to remember the urgency of water efficiency. According to WRAP (Waste Resources Action Programme), UN projections state that global demand for freshwater will exceed supply by 40% in 2030, so the need to reduce water waste in global supply chains is all too apparent.
According to the UK government website, summer rainfall is expected to decrease by 15% by 2050, and the result of less predictable rainfall will lead to increase droughts and possible water shortages in the UK . Additionally, 70% global water supply is used for agriculture, therefore a shortage in water can also result in food shortages – which are already evident and ever-growing, as the world’s population is rapidly increasing.
Water efficiency is incredibly important, therefore, there are several initiatives in place to help try and combat this issue.
What people are doing about it….
- WRAP introduced the Courtauld Commitment Water Ambition 2025, to help combat water stress. In July 2022, this was overtaken by the Courtald 2030 Water roadmap. In this roadmap, WRAP is working towards achieving a vision of having over 50% of the UK’s fresh food is sourced from areas with sustainable water management by 2030.
- The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) have numerous projects to help protect water sources and reduce water scarcity, such as an 18-month project to help MSME’s adopt cleaner production practices, and an alliance with the Coca-Cola Company to contribute to fresh water preservation.
- People who disclose to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) tend to answer questions about water security to help increase transparency in company activities in this area.
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