August 21, 2022

2022 World Water Congress: nudging industry towards sustainable water management in supply chains

How to manage water across supply chains is a top-of-mind concern for companies attending the water sector’s highlight event of the year. Ramboll water expert, Søren Hvilshøj, explains how to tackle that challenge at the Industrial Water User’s forum.

There’s room for improvement

Nearly every manufactured product uses water in the production process. Water in industry is used for fabricating, processing, washing, diluting, cooling, or transporting a product; incorporating water into a product; or for manufacturing facility sanitation needs.

There is huge potential to improve water quality and quantity in most industries. While agriculture accounts for 70% of water demand, industry accounts for nearly 20% of global freshwater use (the figure rises to 45% of all water demand for countries with advanced economies).

The Forum will address water issues across different industry sectors, such as agriculture, food and beverage, and pharmaceuticals. These discussions aim to help participants identify and rethink specific supply chain solutions or procedural water issues.

“Few countries have enough water. Even in countries where there is enough water, there are still pressures on water quality, for example, from pesticides,” says Hvilshøj. “That’s why companies across all industries have a responsibility to take water challenges seriously, whether the issues stem from sources of water, water treatment, or water discharge.”

While highly industrialised parts of the world have well-regulated water sectors, other parts have few or no water regulations. No matter where industry is located, this forum hopes to open the dialogue so all industry markets can participate.

Tailored tools and techniques for better water stewardship

Industrial Water Users Forum

  • Water stewardship perspectives
  • Incentivising sustainability: From the Sustainable Development Goals to local regulation
  • Sustainable water tools and applications, including for water efficiency and water reuse

Join Søren Hvilshøj and other industry leaders at the Industrial Water Users forum on 13 September 2022, from 10:30-17:15.