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Alliance for Water Stewardship: A Network of Sustainable Water Stewards in Italy
Hydrology
Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2020, Pages: 98-103
Received: Feb. 20, 2020; Accepted: Mar. 4, 2020; Published: Dec. 8, 2020
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Authors
Matteo Magagni, Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna S. p. A., Crespellano, Bologna, Italy
Chiara Rizzi, Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna S. p. A., Crespellano, Bologna, Italy
Maria Giuseppina Iannacci, Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna S. p. A., Crespellano, Bologna, Italy
Eugenio Capponi, HPC Italia S. r. l., Milan, Italy
Beatrice Bizzaro, HPC Italia S. r. l., Milan, Italy
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Abstract
Overexploitation and competitiveness over shared freshwater resources are some of the growing problems that affect many regions of Italy, especially Emilia Romagna, a region characterized by high water-related risks linked to water scarcity, droughts and baseline water stress. Private and public sectors are driven to find alternative or best-practice strategies to conserve and optimize the water resource and guarantee a future use to all. The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is the first international standard that assesses water-use across a 5-step certification procedure, with the aim of promoting good water stewardship by assessing and consequently mitigating the physical, reputational and regulatory water-related risks associated to a certain site and its territory. The AWS is proving to be an innovative certification adopted by a wide range of multinational companies in order to reduce their water footprint. The Italian affiliate of Philip Morris Manufacturing and Tecnology Bologna (MTB) of Crespellano has, with support of the INOGEN International Alliance and environmental consultants Denkstatt and HPC, implemented the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard in order to promote a sustainable and feasible water use as the second certified AWS site in Italy. The implemented procedure, benefits and outputs of the AWS have transformed and are continuing to transform MTB’s business and commitment towards a best-practice water management, with the aim to raise awareness and encourage others to do the same whilst conserving water as water stewards.
Keywords
Water Use, Sustainability, Overexploitation, Stewardship
To cite this article
Matteo Magagni, Chiara Rizzi, Maria Giuseppina Iannacci, Eugenio Capponi, Beatrice Bizzaro, Alliance for Water Stewardship: A Network of Sustainable Water Stewards in Italy, Hydrology. Vol. 8, No. 4, 2020, pp. 98-103. doi: 10.11648/j.hyd.20200804.16
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