WINT Water Intelligence, an American water management company, has released a new set of data-driven tools to help businesses reduce carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions from water use and waste, as well as their carbon footprints.
Water and Carbon Insights, the company’s newly launched tool, provides building owners, contractors, facility managers, and insurers with the information they need to closely monitor the carbon effect of water use in their facilities.
According to studies, every 1,000 gallons of water consumed emits between 60 and 120 pounds of carbon dioxide. Buildings are a major source of water waste and carbon emissions: a single leaking toilet can waste 1 million gallons of water per year, resulting in 4.5 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, which is comparable to a passenger car’s total yearly emissions.
The global impact of water-related carbon emissions is considerable, given that around 25% of water in the built environment is lost due to leaks, old infrastructure, and malfunctions.
To reduce the negative environmental impact of water waste, Water and Carbon Insights provides real-time alerts and can automatically shut off water supply when needed, allowing enterprises to cut overall water use and carbon footprint by an average of 20% to 25%.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the United States has released in March a new draft rule, which requires public corporations to disclose their Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions.
WINT’s carbon-tracking solutions is thus designed to help businesses analyze and manage water-related emissions, and therefore reduce them proactively. With the tool, enterprises will be able to offer detailed information to shareholders, regulators, and the general public.
“Waste and inefficiency in the global water system are significant yet overlooked sources of carbon emissions,” Yaron Dycian, WINT's chief strategy officer, said in the statement. “By allowing our customers to identify waste and track the emissions associated with water loss, we've given them an unprecedented new tool to reduce their facility's carbon impact and meet sustainability goals."