Dr Ger Bergkamp, Executive Director, International Water Association
Opportunities for positive change
“Many leaders consider water to be a growing risk that could potentially affect businesses, regional stability and even global economic performance.
But we should not see water scarcity only as a problem. It is also an opportunity to invest in responses that are more efficient and environmentally sustainable.
Leading industry actors, like Shell, have a major role to play in helping to shift the mind-set from one focused on risks to an opportunity-driven one.
For one, Shell can play a key role in raising the standards of water usage in the oil and gas industry. The company already has several successful large-scale water management projects in Qatar and Canada. It can use that experience to be an influential voice in global efforts to save and reuse water.
A second opportunity lies in commercialising the water solutions that Shell is developing in its laboratories, and turning such capabilities into a serious business venture.
Technologies that turn produced water into a source of freshwater supply, or reuse wastewater from neighbouring cities, are in demand by more than just the energy industry. Farms, cities and industries are looking for such answers as well.
The world’s water challenges are daunting. But they can also enable positive change.”
The IWA is a non-profit organisation that connects water professionals around the world.