Novozymes has a global presence with factories in Denmark, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, India and China. To produce its biological solutions, energy and water is needed.
Starting in China, 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 programs in close collaboration with WWF to make sure that our use of water is in balance with local conditions,” says Graziela Chaluppe dos Santos Malucelli, Executive Vice President of Operations, Supply & Quality.
More than a clean fish in a dirty pond
“It is not enough to be a clean fish in a dirty pond. We want to improve the whole pond,” Graziela says. “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 programs 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,” Graziela explains.
Partnering for actions
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, says 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,” says Graziela.
- Novozymes has set specific targets for its environmental impact from production sites. See overview here.
- As a part of this strategy, Novozymes has decided that 100% of its sites manage water in balance with local conditions buy 2030. To reach this goal, Novozymes has dedicated itself to develop context-based water management programs at 100% of sites by 2022.
- Novozymes also invests to reduce C02 impact from its production, and in Kalundborg, Denmark, all energy comes from renewable sources.
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. But ecosystems are being degraded from 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%* decline in freshwater species populations while freshwater ecosystems have gone down 30%* in the same period.