Are you aware of your company’s water risks?
Industry is consuming more and more water, both in the Nordics and globally. At the same time, water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource: clean water is becoming a more valuable commodity to companies, and it may soon be difficult to obtain. Are the companies aware of their water risks?
Water is used, e.g., for agricultural irrigation and in industrial processes. In Western countries, industry is a major consumer of water. In the southern hemisphere, most of the water consumed is used for the needs of agriculture, and consumption there outweighs the volume that annually passes through the water cycle.
Water must not be wasted even in the lands of thousands of lakes
From Nordic countries perspective, the fear of running out of clean water might seem odd. The lion’s share of global water resources is in the northern hemisphere, and here in our land of thousands of lakes, we have clear water as far as the eye can see. Our water is the cleanest in the world, and we have so much of it that even a high number of industrial companies can afford to use clean water in their production processes.
On a global scale, Nordic companies must also recognise the role they play in improving water efficiency. Increasingly stringent water regulations, stricter water permit criteria and pollution in inland waterways and the Baltic Sea are now also on the minds of executives.
More work must be done to protect waterways; for instance, recovering nutrients from wastewater streams and recycling them into fertilizer would help stem the use of mining-based phosphate fertilizers and industrial nitrogen fertilizers, which consume a lot of energy, while also reducing the eutrophication of waterways.
Cost-savings from circular economy
Rethinking water use is a steadily growing trend. For many industrial players, making better use of water will be an important driver of profitability and sustainability in future. Adven’s circular economy experts are helping an increasing number of companies to identify and manage their water risks and to reuse their water.
Closed water cycles can minimise the environmental impacts of industrial operations, but they can also bring cost savings.
Wastewater is commonly a source of heating and cooling energy and raw materials, such as minerals or organic matter, which can be reused for other purposes. If the process has not been thought out, these commodities will be swept away from industrial sites along with the wastewater streams. Water, materials and energy can, however, be utilised through recovery and treatment processes. This substantially reduces the wastewater load and yields valuable commodities, while simultaneously saving both the environment and costs.
Adven Recovery: Strong expert partnership
Adven offers its customers services that target energy efficiency, covering all aspects of fluid processing, from planning and building water-cycle systems to continuously operating and maintaining them. Adven’s experts familiarise themselves with the industrial plant’s operations and processes, and identify potential development areas.
Collaboration focusses on the customer’s own operations, all the while seeking new solutions to develop the water-cycle process. New solutions are easier to identify from within the organisation.
Closed cycles not only bring industrial companies cost savings, they also enhance their corporate image. Corporate social responsibility is the sum of many factors, and it is often easy to communicate the environmental and cost savings of circular economy solutions to customers, society and decision-makers alike.