Water is a critical input for industries such as agriculture, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, energy and mining, manufacturing, technology and textiles. All rely on a steady supply of clean water to deliver their products and services.
The growing demand for water has put a strain on the system, leading to:
While utilities and individual organisations are taking action on water usage, water is often seen as a consequence, rather than an area of opportunity. This is because water exists within a complex ecosystem. Actions across the value chain and extended supply chains are siloed, data is not readily available and the broader impacts, for example on carbon, are often overlooked.
If you understand your global water footprint across the value chain and broader ecosystem, you can build security and resilience, capture the full value of water and drive systemic change. We have identified key areas of value and opportunity for water in the below diagram:
Making water part of your ESG commitment
Mapping your water footprint across the ecosystem (products, processes, plants, geographies, industries), to reduce risks, identify value from water and make positive impacts
Creating new partnerships and collaborating to find new technologies and ways to impact at scale
Embracing innovation and technology at every step to scale up solutions that can make a material impact on society, the planet, and future business
Agreeing on metrics and measurement tools within your organisation
We can help you accelerate and scale innovation and transform your organisation to capture value and opportunity from water. From business models through partnerships and acquisitions across ecosystems, physical and digital technologies to measure progress, our end-to-end innovation capabilities and unique breadth of expertise in sustainability and the circular economy enable us to deliver results for your business and the planet.
Providing clean and safe drinking water
We helped Watersource develop an innovative decentralised water treatment facility that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) and circular economy principles to empower water providers and deliver potable water to those who need it. The facility cleans water at the community level, a process that could revolutionise the way water is delivered around the world.
Transforming from selling products to digital services
We helped Veolia Water Technologies deliver more value to their customers using digital solutions and innovative business models. We’ve enabled them to move from selling products to selling services designed for digital innovation.
THE WATER REPORT
The water industry in a hydrogen economy
There is an exciting future for hydrogen in the UK’s Net Zero strategy; the water industry must be a part of the evolve strategy to ensure a successful rollout.
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Six ways to increase your firm's water innovation
There is no single magic bullet for solving global water scarcity issues, however, industry partners can come together and innovate, each adding value and ultimately creating end-to-end solutions that benefit all.
PA Consulting’s Head of Sustainability, Jonquil Hackenberg, discusses how brands can think differently about water sustainability.
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To Zero and Beyond: Charting the Path to 2050
PA Consulting’s Head of Sustainability, Jonquil Hackenberg, and energy and utilities expert, Greg Bradley, discuss the UK’s commitment to Net Zero, and the areas the water industry need to address to achieve this by 2050.
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