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Recognition of our work


A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources: Commission Staff Working Document Impact Assessment.

“Regarding labelling of products or supply chains, there are global or European-wide initiatives such as the forthcoming ISO standard 14046 expanding the scope of the water footprint to life cycle analysis, the European Water Stewardship part of the global Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), etc. These initiatives may contribute to awareness raising for sustainable water management but their success will largely depend on whether they will be implemented on a large scale e.g. thanks to regulatory requirements or to awareness campaigns.”

Resources available to business to quantify and reduce the water impacts of their water use. Final Report. Defra

“According to two business users, the main reason for choosing EWSS is having a recognised scheme for water management that provides investors and the general public with a global understanding. As a follow-up to the ISO 1001 certification for environmental management, both companies expressed the need for a water-specific scheme to strengthen their image, especially for the paper company, whose specific activity is usually considered as a significant user of water. In that regards, EWSS is a simple easy to understand and fosters a corporate water management strategy with  an aggregated scoring while increasing visibility to consumers.”

Bthere Inflight magazine of Brussels Airline. May 2012

“Together with the European Water Stewardship (EWS), The Brussels Airport Company is one of the first airports tackling this challenge by evaluating and implementing a strategy for an improved water management.”

UPM Pilots the European Water Stewardship Principles. UPM

“As sustainable water use is the focus of UPM’s Responsibility Principles, UPM tested the EWS standard for the UPM Hürth mill in Germany. UPM was one of the first paper industry companies to test the four EWS principles for paper production. Contrary to Water Footprint, the EWS system does not provide any figures but determines the level of sustainable water management.” For the full document please see here.

Inogen associate ‘HPC’ is first recommended consultant for European Water Stewardship (EWS) in Germany.

For the full article, see here.

Water Management and Stewardship. IUCN

” The European Water Stewardship (EWS) Standard has the same objectives and principles and sets out a code very similar to the AWS standard (EWP, 2012).  It was launched prior to the AWS Standard in 2011 as a result of a multi-stakeholder development process and taking into account the regional particularities of the European Union (EU), including the EU legal framework applicable to EU Member States, the European Economic Area and EU candidate countries.  The administration and management of EWS is separate, although the European Water Partnership (EWP) was a founding partner of the AWS, so both standards are closely linked (and working towards further integration).”

Read more here.


EWS in the Media

EWS Mineral Water Bottler Certification-Chaudfontaine

Chaudfontaine Certification Stakeholder and Press Event.

EWS First Chemical Certification-BASF

EWS First Certification-Coca-Cola Europe

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