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  • Water Stewardship In Industrial Parks: TEDA Pilot

    Industrial parks generate 22.5% of China’s GDP but can this last given water security and pollution concerns? An Chen, from the TEDA Eco Center & Zhenzhen Xu from the Alliance for Water Stewardship show how the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area leads in mitigating these risks … more

  • Corporate Water Targets: A New Approach

    More & more companies view water as a business risk & water stewardship as a solution but current water stewardship metrics are inadequate. Shiao from Pacific Institute shares a new approach … more

  • Why Should PRD Business Lead In Water Stewardship?

    With the Pearl River Delta set to lead China’s economic growth, China Water Risk’s Feng Hu & the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s Zhenzhen Xu explain why business should adopt water stewardship to ensure continued prosperity … more

  • China’s Increasing Use Of Public Environmental Data

    China wants a green credit rating system. Dr Guo Peiyuan of the China Financial Association’s Green Finance Expert Committee, expands on how publicly available environmental data can help … more

  • Fast Fashion: Sucking Aquifers Dry?

    Groundwater is over-extracted to grow cotton. As the world’s largest importer of cotton, is it China’s fault? Or is fast fashion to blame? China Water Risk’s Tan explores trends in the growth across major brands, China’s imports & global cotton production … more

  • FreshWater Watch: Citizen Science At Work

    Earthwatch Institute’s Benita Chick explores how the public can work with scientists to fast-track 11 years worth of water research. Find out what local and global impacts such programmes can make … more

  • China’s Water Stress Is On The Rise

    Water stress across 54% of China worsened in 2001-2010. The World Resources Institute’s Dr Jiao Wang, Dr Lijin Zhong & Charles Iceland deliver the good and the bad news of their latest research … more

  • China Leads The G20 On Climate Change

    In 2015, the world economy decarbonised at a record 2.8%. China led with the biggest reduction of 6.4%. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Robert Milnes on how this is tracked in their Low Carbon Economy Index … more

  • Cost-Effective Carbon Reduction In Wastewater Treatment

    The wastewater industry consumes a lot of energy. Xylem’s Lu Shuping shows how its rapid expansion makes it ripe for attractive energy savings opportunities, especially in China … more

  • T Park: Waste-to-Energy In Hong Kong

    Hong Kong’s increasing waste load by 2030 will put tremendous pressure on its management capability. Veolia’s Nina Cambadelis introduces T PARK, a state-of-the-art sludge treatment facility that turns waste into energy while achieving ‘zero wastewater discharge’ … more

  • Scotland: The Hydro Nation

    Scotland’s ‘Hydro Nation’ vision is underpinned by a statutory duty. Barry Grieg from the Scottish govt on how it manages water with various stakeholders, the many successes so far & what is still to come … more

  • Innovating Water Stewardship Through Business Ecosystems

    William Sarni, water stewardship expert, on the need for innovation in water strategies in order to better position for 21st Century water risks. Sarni points to “business ecosystems” as the driver for this innovation and value creation … more

  • Thirsty Business: Why Water Is Vital To Climate Action

    Water is key to the shift to a low-carbon world. Yet, companies aren’t moving fast enough as CDP’s latest Global Water Report 2016 shows. Their Morgon Gillespy on key findings from the report and the need for still more action … more

  • Integrating Climate & Water Diplomacy For Rivers

    Climate change will likely intensify water-related challenges in river basins. Meanwhile, the Mekong River Commission is experiencing funding cuts. adelphi’s Sabine Blumstein shares 3 reasons for stronger integration of climate policy & water instruments … more

  • Dear Santa, Less Stuff Please

    This Christmas China Water Risk’s Dawn McGregor draws attention to the trails of waste left by our gifts, made worse with low-recycling rates & increasing e-commerce orders. She wants less stuff but that doesn’t mean no presents … more

  • 5 Years On – Have We Made A Difference?

    As China Water Risk turns five years old, CWR’s Tan reflects on our work so far. Have we made a difference? Plus, check out her wish list for the next five years … more

  • Financing Water Resilience: Climate Bonds for China

    Climate bonds are rapidly growing but there’s verification concerns & gaps for water-related investments. A new approved standard for water bonds tackles these, hear from some of its creators … more

  • Treating Landfill Black Water

    Landfill leachate, a highly polluting effluent, is now under new China EPA standards. Regular treatment has limitations but EWS:AOx™ by OriginClear is versatile alternative as its Jean-Louis Kindler, Nicholas Eckelberry and Stephen Jan show
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  • Fashion to Solve China’s Plastic Problem

    With most PET made for fibres and not bottles, fashion is a big contributor to the plastic problem but it can also be part of the solution as Sondra Kim from Waste2Wear tells us. The company turns plastic waste into sustainable & high quality clothes … more

  • Corporate Disclosure: Can We See Clearly Now?

    Global climate targets are connected to day-to-day operations of companies and with COP 22 underway China Water Risk’s Dawn McGregor reflects on how clearly we are seeing corporate disclosure, the obstacles in our way & if there will be a sunny day … more

  • Sustainable Cities Water Index 2016: The Asian perspective

    Cities & their waterscapes face challenges. In Arcadis’ inaugural water index of 50 cities 9/12 Asian cities are in the bottom half. Arcadis’ Batten expands … more

  • Corporate Leadership For Depleting Aquifers

    Earth Security Group’s CEO brief warns that depletion of aquifers is creating systemic business risks and geopolitical challenges. See why authors Litovsky & Hill Clarvis think these are risks so great that countries & MNCs must come together to collaborate on solutions … more

  • Banking in the Age of Water Risk

    Are water risks and their potential impacts factored in by banks? Or is ‘water exposure’ just the water used in their office buildings & branches? Tan says prudence dictates we must start to waterproof portfolios … more

  • Yangtze Headwaters Under Threat

    By the end of the century, 67% of China’s ice may be gone. Can the Yangtze survive? As temperatures rise, the glaciers which sustain Asia’s longest river are reaching the tipping point. Sam Inglis explores the headwaters, as we march towards an ice-free Yangtze … more

  • Future Fashion & ‘Beautiful China’ – Together Forever?

    With fast changing regulatory landscape moving against pollution from the textile industry, is there really room for fast fashion in a ‘Beautiful China’? China Water Risk’s McGregor on why it’s time for fashion to become beautiful inside and out … more

  • BWS-China: WRI’s New Water Stress Map

    With more granular data from the Chinese government, WRI China upgraded its Aqueduct Baseline Water Stress (BWS) maps for China. BWS China developers Wang, Zhong & Long explain key differences … more

  • Plastic, China & The Circular Economy

    Only ~10% of plastics gets recycled, but this is where opportunities lie. Doug Woodring, founder of Plasticity Forum, shares key points from the 5th annual forum on the circular future of plastic … more

  • Changing Filters: Benefits of AFM vs Sand

    Sand filters are the primary means of treatment but there are performance & stability issues. Dr Howard Dryden, inventor of the up-cycled AFM® filter tells us how his filter means lower costs & bacteria & longer life … more

  • Valuing The True Cost Of Water

    Water-related risks can be numerous for any given operational site. Nina Cambadelis & Johann Clere walk us through how Veolia’s tool, “The True Cost of Water” can mitigate risks and show potential economic gains … more

  • Real-time Monitoring: Cleaning Up Textiles

    There’s now nowhere to hide. The latest IPE Blue Map app integrates real-time emissions data with violation records plus other features. IPE’s Kate Logan on what this means value for brands, suppliers & consumers … more

  • Developing A Global Water Stewardship System

    Alliance for Water Stewardship’s Zhenzhen Xu, Ma Xi & Michael Spencer introduce the first ever global water stewardship standard and share lessons learnt from Ecolab’s pilot at their Taicang China chemical plant … more

  • Are You A Responsible Consumer?

    With waste levels already sky high and set to grow China Water Risk’s Dawn McGregor mulls over the challenges of being a responsible consumer from fashion to food to plastic. Be it as an individual or corporate, see what action you can take … more

  • Plastic Waste: The Vector For Change?

    USD13billion is the annual cost of impact of plastic pollution to our oceans. Doug Woodring, founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, shares challenges ahead and strategies for a plastics-free ocean … more

  • Trade-offs Could Help China Manage Water

    Tough trade-offs may be on the horizon for China as it balances water, food & energy security. HSBC’s Wai-Shin Chan warns how cotton & coal maybe headed for a clash in the long term as they compete for limited water resources provincially & nationally … more

  • 2015 World Water Week: Key Takeaways

    What’s water’s role in sustainable development? How can we ensure water for all? China Water Risk’s McGregor on this, how Asia is fairing, the Sustainable Development Goals & more from World Water Week 2015 … more

  • 2015 GLASA Awards: Key Takeaways

    The theme of the Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA) this year was water. Pratibha Syntex won though CWR was honoured to be a finalist. CWR’s McGregor & Hu share their takeaways … more

  • Incorporating Environment Into Business

    Companies are incorporating environmental performance into business, so suppliers need to follow suit or risk losing customers. The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) can help both parties as BEPI’s Micilotta explains … more

  • Brands: Time To Walk The Talk

    H&M & Kering, are not walking the talk on raw material risks they identified themselves. With concrete action towards a circular transition missing, China Water Risk’s Dawn McGregor wonders how serious they are … more

  • Corporate Strategy & The New Chinese Consumer

    Authors of new report say that China’s war on pollution has created a fundamentally new Chinese consumer. Hart, Ma, Ying & Zhu from Renmin University on why firms need to evolve their strategies … more

  • Corporate Water Reporting in China

    CDP’s report shows potentially inadequate water risk assessment by Chinese companies & those with HQ’s in China. CDP’s Gillespy on their latest report and why it’s time to report on water risks … more

  • China’s New Era of ESG

    China’s economy is slowing with challenges arising from ESG factors. MSCI’s Chew & Wang on pollution fines, anti-corruption crackdowns & more from their report. Investors need to be prepared … more

  • Investors Can No Longer Ignore Water Risks

    Ceres warns that water – or lack of it – is becoming a bigger financial issue for investors. Monika Freyman shares key points from their report on how to integrate water analysis into investment decisions … more

  • Putting Waste Back Into Fashion

    China is clamping down on textiles due to the heavy pollution & waste from the industry. With potential new revenues streams in recycling, hear from Redress CEO Christina Dean on how the EcoChic Design Award’s army of sustainable designers is closing the loop on textile waste … more

  • Clean by Design: Gaining Traction

    Many factories look to MNCs to help address environmental issues that have arisen from textile production but there is scant on ground corporate engagement by brands. See how NRDC’s ‘Clean By Design’ textile mill programme in China has achieved stellar results despite this. NRDC’s Linda Greer expands … more

  • On Being Water Conscious in Textiles

    Zhao Lin from Solidaridad expands on the Better Mill Initiative (BMI) and provides solid business cases in water savings for the textile sector. See how water & energy savings can result in sustainable & financially viable gains with short payback periods … more

  • Made in China 2025: Are You On The List?

    How does the new Made in China 2025 Action Plan fit with other ‘Future China’ plans? Are the ten industries in Made in China 2025 the same as the Circular Economy Ten? Find out why which list matters … more

  • 2015 World Water Forum: 5 Key Takeaways

    See what tops our list of key takeaways from the 2015 World Water Forum in South Korea. From bottled water to ‘green hydropower’ and transboundary issues – where does China stand? … more

  • Using Climate Forecasts in Supply Chains

    To prevent & mitigate losses caused by climate events, the Columbia Water Center is developing advanced climate forecast products. Paulina Concha expands on this and the Center’s pilot with PepsiCo for its Frito Lay business … more

  • Water: Can’t Always Buy What You Need

    With competition for water intensifying, paying more for water may not get you what you need. Deloitte Consulting’s Will Sarni on strategies that can help corporates secure water for growth … more

  • Christmas Came Early

    Xi’s carbon emission promise, increased regulatory risk are a few reasons why Debra Tan thinks Christmas came early for China’s waters. Industry beware; as China is expected to aggressively enforce some of these new polices … more

  • Chinese Appetite for Dirty Fashion

    Do Chinese consumers know fashion’s ‘dirty’ secret? Will it change the way they shop? Liu talks to fashion bloggers, fast fashion managers, taobao shop owners, housewives, NGOs, students … more

  • China Water Investments: 3 Thoughts

    Investing in the water sector looks attractive with the Chinese government & consumers wanting water tariff hikes. Will water supply or wastewater treatment be the larger market? Debra Tan shares some on-ground views distilled from recent conversations … more

  • Reforming Water Permits in China

    European & Chinese water policy experts Martin Griffiths & Chen Dongsheng gives an overview of their collaborative study on water permits systems as part of the China Europe Water Platform. What challenges lie ahead? What improvements are needed? … more

  • Cotton Farming: How Deep Is Your Well?

    Can cotton flourish in water scarce areas? Cotton Connect’s Lort-Phillips on how to extract more crop per drop and why brands need to do more than address water at a farm level in China … more

  • Business & Society: Building Trust

    Given pressing societal issues, companies are now expected to lead the change across their business value chain. Edelman’s Ashley Hegland on why businesses need to reprioritize value to include such societal benefits to build & maintain trust or face reputational brand damage … more

  • One Year On: H&M & Water Stewardship

    H&M’s Sustainability Relations Responsible, Julia Bakutis updates us on their Water Stewardship programme one year on. Find out what they have done & what challenges lie ahead for H&M as a water steward … more

  • Pollution: 5 Reasons to Remain Optimistic

    Given the recent release of depressing groundwater & soil pollution statistics, Debra Tan gives us 5 reasons to stay optimistic – from changes in the law to water tariff hikes in Beijing … more

  • Financing Innovations in Industrial Water

    Given China’s limited water supply & rising water tariffs there is no better time to finance water efficiency upgrades. IFC talks us through their innovative financing programme for the textile sector that not only saves water & energy but also makes a return within a short payback term … more

  • Betting on Game, Set, Match

    LiteHide’s leather treating method, which is simple and can be implemented at very little additional capital, is one idea that has the potential to be a game changer for the leather industry … more

  • Out With the New

    Consumers should reflect on their fashion choices this New Year in a bid to reduce the fashion and textile industry’s negative environmental impacts – Dr Dean shows us how a secondhand wardrobe can save the world … more

  • To Dye or Not to Dye

    Textile dyeing is water intensive and polluting. Elisa Sellam & Sushil Hada, from Birla Cellulose, discuss how their new SpunDyed VSF process uses less water & produces less pollution than traditional piece dyed VSF process … more

  • Bloomberg’s Views on Water

    Bloomberg’s Liu & Bullard, discuss the importance of ESG analytics and why water use & efficiency data is crucial in the face of an increasingly water-insecure future in identifying portfolio risk … more

  • Water & Leather

    Find out how much water is used in producing leather with Sarah Swenson of PrimeAsia Leather as she walks us through the company’s water footprint and efforts in reducing their water usage within and beyond their own operations … more

  • A Double Denim Crush

    With the textile industry expected to face closer scrutiny, Christina Dean, the founder of Redress, tells us why the R Cert for recycled textile clothing can mop up environmental impact and top up brands’ reputations. … more

  • H&M: Water Stewardship in Fashion

    Claire Hau tells us why water is important to H&M and how it is pioneering water stewardship in fashion from its work with BSR & IPE, partnership with WWF, to its commitment to ban hazardous chemicals by 2020 … more

  • Mapping Water with Aqueduct

    With a water supply crisis as a top five risks facing the world, WRI’s Tien Shiao walks us through how Aqueduct can help companies and investors gain perspective … more

  • 2012 Water Risk Retrospective

    Dr. Guo Pei Yuan of Syntao walks us through his views on water in the Year of the Dragon and predicts rise in water prices as well as pressure for the textile sector in 2013 … more

  • Sinking Reputations: Lessons from Bangladesh

    Despite flooding, Bangladesh faces a 40% shortage of water in the dry season and rampant pollution.Lisa Genasci on why reputations can sink fast for the textile sector … more

  • Battle of the Bins

    Dr. Christina Dean digs into the clothes we trash (literally). With limited landfill sites and piles of unwanted clothes, should trash fashion recycling be the new “IT thing”? … more

  • Toxic Presents: Be Careful What You Unwrap

    GAP year student Hugo Plunkett discovers potentially unwanted gifts under our Christmas tree. Beware of toxic fashion from your favourite high street shops in London to Germany … more

  • Higg Index: The Challenges of Measurement

    The Higg Index, launched in July this year is a tool developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (SAC) membership. Jason Kibbey, SAC’s Executive Director walks us through its development … more

  • No Chemicals Please

    With over 45,0000 synthetic chemicals produced, used and discharged in China’s waterways, Greenpeace’s Ada Kong explains the chemistry of textiles and your exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals … more

  • Textiles: Enzymes to the Rescue

    Dupont’s Scott Brix on how enzymes can help reduce water & chemicals in textile manufacturing, offering the industry a way forward in water efficiency and pollution … more

  • Sustainable Apparel’s Critical Blind Spot

    IPE & Green Choice Alliance new report on the textile sector highlights sustainable apparel’s critical blind spot. Whilst some brands are ahead, others are accused of greenwashing … more

  • China Water Woes: The End of Fast Fashion?

    Lincoln Poon, Global Brand Manager of Pinneco Research worries about water, the fast fashion business & global dependence on made-in-China products: can it last? … more

  • New Standards for Recycled Clothes

    Dr. Christina Dean writes about water-guzzling clothes and textiles and how new standards for recycled clothes can help save water … more

  • Environmentalists Name and Shame Global Fashion Brands

    Zara, Marks & Spencer, Esprit, Calvin Klein, Carrefour and Armani named amongst 48 brands buying from water polluting suppliers. Lisa Genasci on why it is time to clean up … more

  • How Much Water Do You Use?

    Happy World Water Day! Coffee or Juice? Beer or Wine? Chicken or Cheese? Find out how much water you can save by making the right choices … more

  • A Second-Hand Christmas

    Redress CEO, Dr. Christina Dean gives us the low-down on what and where to shop this Christmas, including an eco-friendly shopping list. … more