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Water Sustainability and Circular Economy Report for AMSA

Updated: Sep 4, 2019

The UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at the UPC has developed the Sustainability and Circular Economy report for the public company Aigües de Mataró (AMSA), which manages the drinking water of 60,000 users in the city of Mataró. The conclusions of this study will draw policies and objectives that will direct the operation of Aigües de Mataró during the next years.

The report has been developed with data from the 2017-2018 period, to synchronize the company's actions with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and aims to make a detailed analysis of the current situation and future trends for AMSA, within the framework of sustainability and circular economy. It is based on the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Organization (UN) and the most recent regulations approved in the EU.

But this report goes further, and presents a series of innovative lines of work to integrate into the normal operation of the company. Some are already mandatory elements at the legislative level, such as circular economy, others will be incorporated as work dynamics taking into account corporate social responsibility. In this sense, the report facilitates the implementation of a transition towards the circularization of the company, based on the principles of the circular economy.

The report incorporates for the first time in a water company in Catalonia and Spain, an integrated analysis with indicators for the measurement and analysis of the carbon footprint and water footprint, the transition to the circular economy (TEC), corporate social responsibility (CSR) and a complementary battery of 25 indicators focused on the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Among the actions and objectives of this plan, which the company will develop during the next months, the following should be noted:

  • Carry out actions to reduce the carbon footprint (greenhouse gas emissions) and the water footprint (volume of water consumed or contaminated to generate a product or maintain a service)

  • improve the satisfaction on the level of service offered by AMSA

  • equitable access to drinking water

  • sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

  • promote practices to minimize the consumption of bottled water

Finally, the report also provides the lines of work that AMSA should face during the next years in the environmental and corporate social responsibility line, such as including the analysis of the company's impact on ecosystem services. All of this must allow AMSA to position itself as a leading actor and pioneer in these issues, both locally and in Catalonia.

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