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GE, Coke Among Industry Leaders Launching Water Risk Mapping Project

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For companies such as Goldman Sachs and GE, water has become not only a main area of concentration regarding sustainable practice, but also a potential business opportunity to help its clients overcome challenges. This article details the new Aqueduct Alliance, WRI’s portal for water risk analysis, and how companies are using this to make more informed decisions concerning water.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 9:00am

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For a company like Goldman Sachs, water represents a potential risk lurking in its investment portfolio. For GE, it may also offer a potential business opportunity to help its clients overcome their challenges.

Both companies joined the World Resources Institute to launch the Aqueduct Alliance. They've just added Bloomberg, The Dow Chemical Company, Talisman Energy and United Technologies in a bid to develop a new database and mapping tool that will help companies and governments make more informed water-related decisions.

Interviews with sustainability leaders at WRI and its partner companies spelled out just how complex water issues are for industry.

"There's more to water risk than just supply," said Robert Kimball, the Aqueduct Project's communications and outreach coordinator.

Kimball pointed to the reputational risks that may arise from the perception that a company is a poor environmental steward, in addition to the potential risks from litigation or costs associated with regulatory changes.

"A lot of those risks aren't being properly captured, measured or managed," Kimball said.

Every sector is water dependent in some way, although some more so than others. Water-intensive industries include oil & gas, food & beverage, agribusiness, power generation and semiconductor manufacturing, to name a few.

 

 

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