Novozymes Joins WWF to Safeguard Water Resources


writer icon Samuel Christiansen     Jairph   |   Sustainability     🕐 19. Oct. 2020

The world is changing and Danish Novozymes have realised that they need to take part in the change.

It is estimated that the annual services of nature such as water, food, livelihoods, and protection from floods, droughts and storms amount to $125 billion. However, ecosystems are being degraded as a result of human activity with biodiversity plummeting as a consequence.

Nowhere is the biodiversity crisis more acute than in the world’s rivers, lakes and wetlands.

From 1970 to 2018 there has been an 83 percent decline in freshwater species populations while freshwater ecosystems have gone down 30 percent in the same period.

A Need for Change for a Global Player
Novozymes has a global presence with factories in Denmark, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, India and China. To produce Novozymes biological solutions, energy and water are needed.

Sustainable Action Plan
Starting in China, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) will help Novozymes assess water risks and develop contextual water targets and action plans at the sites where Novozymes operates.

“We will develop our water programmes in close collaboration with WWF to make sure that our use of water is in balance with local conditions,” said Graziela Chaluppe dos Santos Malucelli, Executive Vice President of Operations, Supply & Quality.

“It is not enough to be a clean fish in a dirty pond. We want to improve the whole pond,” Chaluppe said. “This is why we are adopting a contextual approach to water in Novozymes. We will focus on what matters locally and help our communities, and I am happy that we enter this partnership with WWF to do so.”

Water is a scarce resource, and in some regions, people already suffer. The UN has made clean water and sanitation one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, in 2015, Novozymes made the SDGs a part of its strategy. Novozymes’ water programmes aim to support SDG number 6.

“In Novozymes, we are working to deliver biological solutions that enable clean and efficient water use. This makes it only natural that we pioneer a new approach to secure water resources,” Chaluppe explained.

The Influence of WWF
WWF has offices in China that have been implementing water stewardship projects on the ground for ten years.

“Our world is running out of fresh water, inflicting loads of troubles in the future for both nature and man. WWF’s water risk methodology uses nature’s own forces to secure more – and cleaner – water for all organisms in the entire water basins in which large companies operate. I am happy that WWF and Novozymes will now work together to reduce the company’s water impact and help restore sustainable ecosystems and water resources in China to the benefit of nature, local people and Novozymes’ business,” said Bo Øksnebjerg, Secretary General and CEO at WWF Denmark

WWF partners with governments, businesses, international financial institutions and communities to ensure healthy freshwater systems exist to conserve wildlife and provide a sustainable future for all.

“These partnerships combined with the deep knowledge and understanding of water systems makes WWF a very strong partner for us,” said Chaluppe.

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