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Business in the Community (BITC) has launched the BITC Water Taskforce, bringing together government, water companies, businesses, and key stakeholders, including the Carbon Trust. This announcement has been marked with the release of a new report, Water: securing the resources for future prosperity.

The Taskforce has a three year action plan to encourage businesses across the UK to take action on water through a six step plan:

  1. Understand their relationship with water
  2. Create a plan for action
  3. Manage direct use of water
  4. Manage indirect use of water
  5. Build resilience to flooding and water shortages
  6. Collaborate on sustainable water quality management

Commenting on the launch of the report, the government’s Water Minister, Dan Rogerson, said:

"Across the country, many individual businesses are doing great things to help protect water quality and the environment. We believe businesses working together and sharing best practice is crucial to encourage others to do the same.

"That is why we are providing the Water Stewardship in Food Supply Chains Project within the Water Taskforce with £150,000 of government funding, to help boost collaboration and share knowledge across industry."

The Taskforce members are: Anglian Water, the Carbon Trust, Costain, United Utilities, Dairy Crest, Defra, Dŵr Cymru, EDF Energy, the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, Marshalls, the Met Office, MWH, Nestlé, Northumbrian Water, Sainsbury’s and Thames Water.

The Taskforce is chaired by Steve Mogford, the CEO of United Utilities, who are also partners for the water section of the Carbon Trust’s Public Sector Network.

The Carbon Trust helps businesses to understand and take action on their water risk, and certifies organisations that measure, manage and reduce their water use year-on-year to the Carbon Trust Standard for Water.

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