Managing water strategically: an interview with Marcus Rose, managing director of Ecoprod:
Marcus Rose, managing director of Ecoprod, discusses the most cost-effective ways of minimising water consumption, and the increasing responsibility of businesses to ameliorate the global water crisis.
Why should businesses include water consumption in their overall agenda?
Water is a finite resource. By 2030 global water demand is predicted to rise to more than 40% over supply, so it’s vital that organisations play their part in conserving it. Water shortages around the world are becoming an ever greater concern. Every business with a Corporate Social Responsibility policy or agenda must include water saving as part of that strategy.
Do you think businesses have a responsibly to minimise their water consumption?
Yes. Companies waste a huge amount of water and so the responsibility lies with them to reduce waste and look for opportunities to minimise water consumption, from installing water-less urinals and other water saving devices through to encouraging staff not to use bottled water and to turn taps off and so on. This is especially the case within London and the South East region where water resources are stretched mainly due to population growth and urban development.
How is Ecoprod getting involved in World Water day?
We’re very excited to be opening our new showroom at that time so people will be able to come and see our water-saving urinals and taps all in one place. We’re also putting together a guide to green washrooms for organisations who want to learn more about how to save water and reduce their carbon emissions in the washroom environment, and we’ll be publishing that to coincide with World Water Day.
What are some attainable objectives for businesses to set with regard to water usage?
Lots of businesses we talk to have no real idea of how much water they’re using in the first place, let alone how much they are wasting. We always recommend that businesses start by collecting usage data to identify areas where savings might be made, and then implement a series of ‘quick win’ savings that have no cost but just require behaviour changes. The next stage is then to look at the spend to save options and put a return on investment timeline to this, with a view to getting funding to implement plans.
How can a business look to implement an effective water saving strategy?
A successful water saving strategy really requires the engagement of all stakeholders, especially staff, so that everybody takes ownership of the strategy. Setting up a staff group with responsibility for identifying and implementing quick wins rather than imposing a strategy from above can be a good way to do this. We also recommend signing up to a regulated reporting process like The Planet Mark™.
What business value can customers expect through installing Ecoprod systems?
Our waterless urinals can save organisations up to 100,000 litres of water per urinal per year. That’s real, measurable water savings from day one, alongside real time information reports and a return on investment that delivers value and enhances washrooms. Additionally, we supply touch-free sensor taps that can reduce water usage by up to 70%. So, there’s a direct benefit in terms of cost savings that organisations will see immediately. Organisations also see value in terms of reduced cleaning costs, fewer chemicals in their systems and an improved user experience.
How has The Planet Mark™ helped you reduce your water usage?
We have found The Planet Mark™ scheme to be invaluable to us as a way of helping to reduce our water usage. By collecting data and evaluating our usage patterns The Planet Mark™ scheme has also helped us to reduce our carbon footprint significantly as well as cut our paper consumption and our emissions.