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Sustainable Solutions: Raising the Watermark

Sustainable Solutions: Raising the Watermark

“This is an incredibly useful report – what this report does is look at water from a whole range of different perspectives.”Lord Smith, Chairman of the Environment Agency  “A really important collection of essays – they look at issues as diverse as adapting to climate change, preventing flood risk – and crucially, how we keep the water supplies running for the future.“Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  “It’s a report like this, Sustainable Solutions, that’s going to inform policy makers and the decision they make about water.”Gavin Shuker MP, Shadow Minister for Water  Background  In December 2011, Defra published the 'Water for Life' White Paper which described a vision for a more resilient, sustainable, resourceful and customer focused water industry. The Government then produced its draft Water Bill in July 2012, which took forward some of the concepts from the White Paper. However, since then a number of stakeholders, including the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, have stated that proposals in the draft Water Bill lack ambition, particularly those relating to metering and abstraction reform. Furthermore, the Committee noted that the plans are unlikely to provide the necessary changes within an acceptable timescale. Little opinion has changed since the publication of the Water Bill in June 2013. The Report Drawing together ten experts from across the water arena, this Westminster Sustainable Business Forum publication provides a platform for those involved to share their views and commentary on specific areas within the water sector. The collection of essays comprises a range of informed ideas about how to improve the water supply chain, expand debate beyond the scope of the draft Water Bill and create more sustainable policy within the water sector. This publication was kindly sponsored by Arup and the RSPB. Contributors This publication includes contributions from the following authors: Lord Smith, Chairman, Environment AgencyReport Foreword Anne McIntosh MP, Chairman, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select CommitteeReport Introduction Professor Alan Jenkins, Deputy Director, Centre for Ecology & HydrologyOn the topic of 'Systems Thinking: The river catchment approach' Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the EnvironmentOn the topic of 'Beyond Our Borders: The EU Water Framework Directive' Mark Fletcher, Director and Global Water Leader, ArupOn the topic of 'Unlocking Vitality: Values and footprints' Dr Mike Clarke, Chief Executive, RSPBOn the topic of 'Mindful Management: Sustainable abstraction' Peter Jones OBE, Director, Policy ConnectOn the topic of 'Combining Initiatives: Cohesive policies for water, waste and energy' Lord John Krebs Kt FRS, Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, UK Committee on Climate ChangeOn the topic of 'Flood Adaptation: A changing climate' Dr Jerry Bryan, Executive Chairman, Albion WaterOn the topic of 'Streams of Improvement: Innovation and technology' David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF-UKOn the topic of 'Water Efficiency: Changing consumer behaviour' Tony Smith, Chief Executive, Consumer Council for WaterOn the topic of 'The Bottom Line: Leakage and supply chain resilience' Justin Taberham, Director of Policy, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental ManagementOn the topic of 'Improving Understanding: The case for water metering'

 

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