Water Industry News

MEPs Call For Binding Environmental Targets To Be Introduced

MEPs have issued a call for the EU to bring in binding 2030 targets for materials use and resource consumption, covering the entire lifecycle of every product on the EU market.

According to Circular Online, some 80 per cent of a product’s environmental impact is determined at the design phase, with half of all greenhouse gas emissions and over 90 per cent of water stress and biodiversity loss comes from the extracting and processing of resources.

And it seems as though the problem is only going to get worse, given projections that the global consumption of materials will double in the next 40 years, while the amount of waste generated annually is expected to rise by 70 per cent by 2050.

MEPs also called on the European Commission to bring in product and sector-specific binding targets for recycled content, with new legislation put forward this year to broaden the remit of the Ecodesign Directive so that non energy-related products are included.

This will see a set of standards introduced to ensure that all products on the EU market are reusable, easy to repair, not toxic, durable, perform well, contain recycled content, can be upgraded and recycled, and are both resource and energy efficient. It was further emphasised that achieving Green Deal objectives would only become a reality if the EU makes a move to a circular economy model, which will see new jobs and business opportunities created.

When it comes to water, it’s important to know how your business uses it and where, so you can start thinking about reducing your consumption and usage across your entire site – and maybe even your supply chain, later down the line.

One of the best ways to go about saving water and money is to look into comparing business water suppliers and switching to one that may serve your particular industry needs more effectively. A site audit can be carried out to see how your operations use water, so you’re then able to introduce the most appropriate water-saving solutions for your business. You can also arrange for bill validation to take place regularly, which will identify spikes in usage, indicative of potential water leaks on site.

Leakage is a big problem in England and you may not even be aware that you have an issue, since the majority of leaks take place underground or are so small that they’re barely noticeable. Over time, a huge amount of water can be wasted, costing you lots of money – and escaping water can cause serious structural damage, as well, with repairs potentially proving expensive.

If you’d like to find out more about any of the above and boost the green credentials of your company, get in touch with the SwitchWaterSupplier.com team today.