Water is a predominantly local resource and, therefore, CSI companies tackle water scarcity at a local level, where individual facilities and activities have an impact, by using a risk-based approach. To support this approach, a number of tools have been developed.
Global Water Tool©
The Global Water Tool for the Cement Sector is a sector-based customization of the Global Water Tool. It was developed to support member companies in reporting the CSI Indicators for water, which are specified in the Protocol for Water Reporting for the Cement Industry.
First launched in 2007 and subsequently updated in 2015, the WBCSD Global Water Tool (GWT) is a free and easy-to-use tool for companies and organizations to map their water use and assess risks relative to their global operations and supply chains. A customized version of the GWT for Cement Sector was developed in 2013 and launched at the Budapest Water Summit. The tool integrates global data for groundwater, surface water and precipitation. Once a site location is entered, the tool will generate maps and charts of the company's operations and compare with identified water stress areas and biodiversity hotspots. Using this tool is a crucial first step for companies striving to better water management.
Download the GWT for Cement Sector (version 2.0) (zip file, 1.58mb)
Site-specific water risk assessment
For site-specific water risk assessment, members have shared experience on the different tools available, including the Local Water Tool (LWT), WWF Water Risk Filter, Aqueduct, Aqua Gauge etc. The objective of this knowledge sharing has been to build collective understanding of the different deliverables and limitations of each tool.