An Investor Handbook for Water Integration
Courtesy of Ceres
This report offers recommendation on how to integrate water into investment policies, portfolio management, strategic planning and client relationship building. It serves as a stepping-stone for managers just beginning to integrate water risks and opportunities into their thinking, as well as for advanced investors looking to deepen their practices.
Washington Watch - EPA Considers How Best To Regulate Nanoscale Materials
As the relentless pace of global investment in all things nano continues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has jumped into the murky regulatory waters, trying to decide how best to manage nanotechnology’s risks and benefits. In a May 10, 2005, Federal Register notice,1 EPA announced, in an understated way, its decision to convene a public meeting on “nanoscale materials.” The meeting notice represents the Agency`s first public foray into harnessing some of nanotechnology’s promise within a regulatory...
The New Economy of Water: The Risks and Benefits of Globalization and Privatization of Fresh Water
Executive Overview New voices are beginning to be heard in the debate over water, and new ideas – good and bad – considered. Among the most powerful and controversial of these new ideas is that water should be considered an “economic good” – subject to the rules and power of markets, multinational corporations, and international trading regimes. In the last decade, this idea has been put into practice in dozens of ways, in hundreds of places, affecting millions of people. Prices have been set for water...
Threats to the World’s Freshwater Resources
OAKLAND, CA - Ten to twenty thousand people die every day from water-related diseases; worldwide, half of all wetlands have already been lost to development and conversion. Global climate change will wreak potential havoc on the world`s freshwater. In short, across the globe, the world`s scarce fresh water is being threatened as never before. To make matters worse, the traditional methods long-used to ensure our supply of water - dams, reservoirs, and pipelines - are actually adding to our woes. The good news...
Thermal Treatment of MSW - Can we Afford Recycling at the End of the Pipe?
Incineration has clear environmental advantages over direct landfilling since it reduces the risk of pollution of water resources and prevents greenhouse gas emissions. If incinerators are equipped with metals recovery stages, they can be used as recycling processes for mineral materials and metals. Such separating incinerators may become competitive with separate collection schemes for metal recycling.
Risk Management: Sustainably Managing a Common Resource
Introduction Danfoss is a global manufacturer of hermetic compressors, pumps, valves, motors and other electrical control units. The company owns a major manufacturing facility located on a small island, Als, in the Baltic Sea. In 1983 the company was routinely withdrawing two million cubic meters of fresh water from the sole aquifer which supplies the entire island, home to 50,000 residents. This was well within the limit of three million cubic meters authorized by local officials. In 1983, Danfoss discovered...
Worldwide Coastal and Oceans Woes Continue.
`The oceans are in trouble and so are we,` oceanographer Sylvia Earle, National Geographic explorer in residence and researcher for the Smithsonian, was quoted as saying in an article on the web by Seth Borenstein writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer and San Jose Mercury News Washington Bureaus. Citing a study by the Harvard Medical School`s Center for Health and the Global Environment covering 1976 to 1996, Borenstein reports a greater than fourfold increase in harmful algal blooms (74 to 329). `stranding of...
Quantifying and Communicating Risk from Contaminated Sites to People and the Environment: A ...
Introduction Some past, and probably some current approaches, to the use, manufacture and disposal of chemicals have led to the contamination of the ground, groundwater and surface water. If the land is to be reused (after application of a remediation technology that meets the aims of sustainability), and water resources protected in a sustainable fashion, the risk posed by the consequences of these past and current actions needs to be quantified and managed. The magnitude, severity and duration of the risk that...
Integrated Environmental Management in a German Brewery
Case Study Name of company: Neumarkter LammsbräuSector: BreweryNumber of employees: 80Country: Germany AbstractNeumarkter Lammsbräu is an 80-employee brewery located in Bavaria, a German region which has a strong tradition for beer. At the beginning of the 1970s, agriculture in the region became increasingly intensive. The quality of beer was being sacrificed for quick and high returns on sales. Neumarkter Lammsbräu wanted to safeguard the quality of its products and develop a strategy for success. The company...
Comparative Risk Assessment
` Comparative risk assessment provides a systematic way to compare environmental problems that pose different types and degrees of health risk. It combines information on the inherent hazards of pollutants, exposure levels and population characteristics to predict the resulting health effects. Using data from available sources, rapid, inexpensive comparative risk assessments can identify the most significant health problems. Together with consideration of costs, technical feasibility and other factors, the...
Water Quality Models
` In order to determine the impacts of a particular discharge on ambient water quality, it is usually necessary to model the diffusion and dispersion of the discharge in the relevant water body. The approach applies both to new discharges and to upgrading of existing sources. This note provides guidance on models that may be applicable in the context of typical Bank projects.` Introduction Mathematical models can be used to predict changes in ambient water quality due to changes in discharges of wastewater. In...
Integrated Wastewater Management
` Appropriate wastewater management, within an overall water resources management program, is essential to responsible use of the environment and to affordable provision of services. Such management programs are best developed at a river basin or sub-catchment level. An approach is outlined for developing a wastewater strategy and an implementation plan for a river basin.` Integrated Management The Bank promotes a systematic approach to water resources management, incorporating water resources planning and...