Listened in on a fascinating presentation this week: Achieving Sustainable Water Strategies: Diageo Case Study” by Roberta Barbieri, Global Environmental Project Manager at Diageo – courtesy of the 2degreesnetwork.
Interesting way to break down the problem – look at sustainability under sourcing, production, distribution and packaging.
As an example of use of water, in the talk Roberta referenced some research showing that it takes 160L of water from barley in the field to finished goods out the door to make a bottle of Tusker beer.
As a group Diageo has established water efficiency targets – against which it reports each year. They are seeking 30% water efficiency gains between 2007 and 2015 – across the full network of Diageo plants. In addition they are seeking to reduce water waste by 50% in all plants located in water stressed zones.
Roberta outlined some excellent examples of recent plants – Cameronbridge in Scotland and St Croix, US Virgin Islands – seeking to eliminate water waste,
Interesting to see how a global company looks at the water crisis facing all of us – and attempts to tackle this through a water sustainability strategy.
Great podcast from twodegrees on the subject of Tackling Sustainability in Commercial Real Estate: The Better Buildings Partnership.
Podcast is an interview with two members of the Better Buildings Partnership, whose aim is ‘to develop solutions to improve the sustainability of London’s existing commercial building stock and achieve substantial CO2 savings in support of the Mayor’s target of 60 per cent by 2025’.
The BBP has developed a number of toolkits – available on their site publications.
The interviewees also make a number of very good points re the commercial reality surrounding building retrofit projects in the London area – in terms of the relatively small % of savings to be made, in the context of other current costs.
The toolkits themselves are well worth reading for those interested in the sector and seeking to develop structured approaches.