The World Economic Forum’s latest Global Risks report has water as the second largest risk factor for global businesses.

French environmental services conglomerate Veolia has recognised this, while also seeing water management opportunities in Asia.

Veolia wants to help existing clients to shrink their water footprint, and Jean-Philippe Filhol, CEO of Asia Industrial, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, has leveraged an internally developed auditing tool to do so.

“Veolia developed Green2Biz in Asia to help manufacturers focus on operational savings and costs while reducing their environmental footprint to achieve sustainable value and cost savings,” Filhol says.

The carrot to convince customers to undertake changes was Veolia’s offering of a free water audit with its GreenVieWS auditing software. It is an “expression of our total commitment”, Filhol says.

Following an audit, a report is generated, an action plan suggested with appropriate technologies and solutions, and if the company wishes, solutions are installed.Filhol launched the Green2Biz programme in Singapore in 2013, and one of the first companies to use the tool was Toyo Memory Technology, a manufacturer of substrates for hard drives, at its Malaysian plant.

Both costs and water usage were reduced at Toyo, and at an important time. As it turned out, during the process of implementing changes that decreased consumption, a new higher...

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