Presentation on theme: "Creative Solutions for our Environment"— Presentation transcript:
1 Creative Solutions for our Environment Water and Energy – Currents of Molecules and ElectronsYour Name Veolia Water North AmericaJune 2010Edwin PineroExecutive Vice President and Chief Sustainability OfficerVeolia Water North America1
2 The benchmark standard for professional water services Managing water and wastewater services for public authorities and industryDesigning technological solutions and building and managing the facilities and systems required to deliver these servicesConstruction, rehabilitation and maintenance of networks and associated infrastructure2009 Revenue$18.1 billion95,000 employeesDrinking water services to95 million peopleWastewater services to68 million peopleFacilities managed+5,260 water+3,220 wastewater
3 The View from the “Water Company” We are a water resource management companyWe consume energy and generate GHG in providing water servicesWe operate under the three pillars of sustainability (economy, environment, social/quality of life)Water and energy are integral to all of the three pillarsTherefore water and energy sustainability is not part of our business…it IS our business
4 Water-Energy Nexus Already an overused term Very encompassing It takes water to make energy, it takes energy to care for waterClimate and energy actions and policies have water-related implicationsMost “carbon friendly” or “energy friendly” options are NOT necessarily most “water friendly” options- trade offs requiredSectors do not communicate wellNeed more strategic approaches (co-locating, EE, WE)But the energy-water nexus is part of the broader water-energy-growth nexus
5 Finding the path to sustainability What is one of the world’s main challenges?Finding the path to sustainability55
6 Research by the International Food Policy Research Institute and Veolia Water The impact of water scarcity not just on people, energy, and food supply but on the economy– now and in 2050!
7 Severe water scarcity = unsustainable withdrawals Moderate stress (< 20%)“Safe” withdrawals less than 20% of internal renewable water resourcesGenerally avoids local environmental impacts<20%%> 40%Water stress ( %)Stress apparent during drought periods and with water quality impacts of water useSome transport of water within the region required to meet demandWater Stress Index Total withdrawals as share of internal renewable water resourcesWater-scarce (> 40%) - "at risk"Large spatial variability of demand results in "unsustainable“ withdrawals within river basinLocal impacts of over-extractions more commonWater stress: water use in excess of 40 percent of available resources, at river basin and country levels, where water scarcity puts economic development and food production at risk.
8 Four megatrend global scenarios developed and projected
9 2Already, water-scarce regions account for 36% of global population (2.5 Bn) and $9.4 trillion (22%) of global GDP2010How many people live in water short areas (%)?Water stress, percent of total renewable water withdrawn> 50< 20No data0 - 20%46%182.5 Bnpeople> 40%362010How much GDP is generated in water scarce regions (%)?0 - 20%59%199.4 trillion USD2> 40%2220101 >40% water stress2 Year 2000 prices99
10 Under business-as-usual water productivity and medium growth, 52% of population and 45% of GDP are in regions at risk due to water stressBusiness as usual (BAU) water productivity, medium growth, 2050How many people live in water short areas?4.7 Bn people, 70% of 2010 pop.Increase by 90% compared to 2010Water stress, percent of total renewable water withdrawn< 20No data> 5032461618523620102050How much GDP is generatedin water scarce regions?63 trillion USD x 2010 total GDPIncrease by 570% compared to 2010305925194522201020501 >40% water stress2 Year 2000 prices1010
11 In a blue world, water stress can be substantially reduced, with ~1 billion people and $17 trillion2 GDP coming from less water scarce areas1"Blue" high-productivity scenario medium growth, 2050How many people live in water short areas?Water stress, percent of total renewable water withdrawn> 50< 20No dataDecrease of 11% to BAU1 Bn peo-ple in less scarce regions3238162152412050-BAU2050- BlueHow much GDP is generatedin water scarce regions?Decrease 12% com-pared to 201017,000 Bn USD2 in less scarce regions3038252845332050-BAU2050- Blue1 >40% water stress2 Based on year 2000 prices1111
18 Raising awareness (Growing Blue, www.growingblue.com) What can be done?Raising awareness (Growing Blue,Reducing energy useManaging carbon footprintPromoting energy managementApplying innovative business models