SUEZ Advanced Solutions Spain presents EsAgua, Spain’s first water footprint platform
18 February 2016
EsAgua is a unique and innovative project in Spain, whose main purpose is to meet the growing need for information on the water footprint in those organizations, processes and products which seek to achieve a more sustainable and equitable use of fresh water. The platform is promoted by CETAQUA, AENOR and the international organization Water Footprint Network, and has the support of CEIGRAM, the Technical University of Madrid’s R&D Centre.
SUEZ Advanced Solutions Spain’s Director General, Manuel Cermerón, stated that “the Group is committed to the water footprint because it represents a sustainable, cross-disciplinary vision, therefore applicable to industry, agriculture and the urban cycle. EsAgua was created precisely with this focus. It is a platform which intends to activate the knowledge generated in technology centres, universities and other bodies from the science system and, at the same time, to successfully reach society”. Manuel Cermerón also remarked that “in the water sector there is technology to reduce the water footprint, both in agriculture and in industry and cities”.
For her part, SUEZ Advanced Solutions Spain’s Director of Business Development, Coral Robles, stressed that “EsAgua is created with the aim of generating an alliance of pioneering Spanish companies with an interest in the water footprint, the global indicator which makes it possible to assess the volume of water used for the production of a good or service”.
On the other hand, Arjen Hoekstra, Professor in Water Management at the University of Twente (Enschede, Netherlands) and creator of the water footprint concept, delivered a paper entitled: “Water Footprint Assessment: evolution of the field and challenges for business”. Among other aspects, he explained the importance of taking the supply chain into account in the calculation of the water footprint, and that the keys to guaranteeing equitable water use are sustainability, efficiency, dependency and a fair and equal exchange of the water.
A round table was also held during the event – moderated by SUEZ Advanced Solutions Spain’s Director of Scientific and Technical Relations, Tomas Michel, and including the participation of Ruth Mathews, Executive Director of Water Footprint Network, the organization promoting the EsAgua platform, in addition to Carlos Montero, Director General of Cetaqua; Maite Aldaya, a consultant for UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme); Carmen Teresa Cátedra, HSE Manager of the SADA Group; José Magro, Environment Manager of AENOR; Juan Antonio López, Head of Energy Optimization, Safety and Environment at Estrella de Levante SA; and Senén Ferreiro, CEO of Valora.
The subjects tackled include all aspects of the agricultural water footprint and that of companies with agricultural by-products; what leads big organizations to actively promote the standard to calculate the water footprint; and the value provided to companies by water footprint certification.
Discover more about EsAgua clicking on the following link: www.EsAgua.es.