Where, when and how much?

Water is a shared resource whose impacts are always felt at the local or downstream levels. Thus, an understanding of a company’s water impacts should always be placed in a broader catchment-level context, and relative impacts will vary depending on the total water available in a system.

Within the water footprint, volumes of water used for production in the form of a raw ingredient or for cooling purposes must be balanced alongside water embedded in the supply chain and local ambient quality issues, which may far exceed the volume of water needed for direct consumption. As a leading provider in this area, First Climate can supply you with extensive knowledge and the necessary experience to understand your water impacts.

Calculating your water footprint with First Climate

We support you in calculating your company-specific water usage, whether it is based on a single site, product line or covers your global production network. To ensure that no significant component of water management system is overlooked, our assessment begins with a scoping exercise to determine which components of the on-site (direct) and supply chain (indirect) operations should be taken into account.

The analysis of a water footprint distinguishes three types of water use, according to the Water Footprint Network:

Blue Water

Refers to water from existing sources, which has either been used or evaporated by company processes

Green Water

Refers to rainwater that is collected and used by the company

Grey Water

Focuses more on water pollution and refers to the amount of freshwater that is used to dilute and neutralize the company's wastewater to regain a specific quality standard again

We starting with a kick-off meeting, in which we determine the system boundaries for the planned analysis. We then identify the data needed for the calculating your individual water footprint.

For the data collection, we provide you with a detailed briefing and, upon request, we will help you to put together all the necessary information.

Then, based on the data collected, we calculate the individual footprint of your company or product and create a detailed report. If needed, we are  happy to help you with communicating the relevant information among your stakeholders.

Water is not just water: The meaning of an environmental analysis

In order to increase the informative value of a water footprint, an analysis of the surrounding environment should also be carried out as part of a water impact analysis. This is because the manner in which water is handled by a company depends primarily on the respective catchment context:

  • Is the production site located in an area that is water stressed or not?
  • Are there any other users who access the same sources of water?
  • Do any differences arise at different times of the year (e.g. winter vs. summer) or from year to year?
  • Where are the major water consumption points (green, blue, grey) within your supply chain?

First Climate can provide a detailed examination of the context of your water use that will support you in drawing the right conclusions from your quantitative water footprint. This will uncover areas lacking in sustainable water management, which is fundamental to developing target-orientated optimization strategies to achieve your sustainability goals.

Dr. Jochen Gassner

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Jacob Bourgeois

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