EWS Members’ Council Approves New EWS Implementation Measures
Jun 1st, 2016 |
On the 31st of May, the EWS Members’ Council met to discuss the implementation of the EWS standard in Europe and to approve the work of the EWS Standard Development Committee, including the new EWS Multi-Site and Group Catchment Scheme and Guideline, as well as a new guidance for the timing of EWS audits. The Members’ Council also discussed the future strategic action plan for EWS, including the possibility to make scoring of EWS indicators mandatory, guiding companies to benchmark various production sites against each other and others in their sector.
Recognizing the enormous potential to use EWS to promote water stewardship in Urban Areas, the Members’ Council also discussed the concept of Urban Water Stewardship and EWS can help. EWS members also agreed that priorities for 2016-2017 should remain on furthering the development and integrity of the system, increasing outreach and implementation and placing EWS firmly within EU policy agenda.
According to the discussion in the 2016 Members’ Council meeting, the EWS Certification Outline will be updated with a new Annex on Guidance on Audit Duration. The document provides recommendations and guidance for EWS Approved Certification Bodies (CBs) to efficiently calculate the time needed to complete both the initial and surveillance audits for clients of various sizes and with various processes. The guidance aims to streamline auditing procedures by different CBs and takes into account learning from three years of EWS implementation to date.
The EWS Members’ Council has also approved the new scheme developed by EWS Secretariat, Standard Development Committee and external experts to apply EWS at Multi-Site and Catchment Groups (MS&CG), the MS&CG Scheme and organizes production sites or water users within a shared catchment under a single Internal Control System to address EWS requirements. The new scheme will be piloted in a series of demonstration projects starting this summer.