Business commitment to Wastewater Zero

The Wastewater Zero Commitment enables business to commit to eliminating wastewater pollution by 2030, thereby raising their ambitions for SDG 6.3. In taking the commitment, business will quantify and qualify targets against three pillars and report progress annually:

Zero pollution

Commitment to treat all wastewater and ensure that effluent quality meets or exceeds relevant regulatory requirements in facilities and by suppliers.

Zero Freshwater

Commitment to not increase absolute freshwater withdrawals and to increase the proportion of reused and recycled wastewater used in facilities and suppliers.

Low-carbon treatment

Commitment to treat all wastewater using low carbon technologies that are in line with corporate net-zero GHG emissions targets.

Wastewater Zero Champions

Wastewater Zero Champions are organizations that provide support to the overall promotion of the initiative and engage in specific activities. They support the promotion of the Wastewater Zero initiative to their respective constituencies and networks and identify opportunities to leverage partners to mobilize business to take the Wastewater Zero Commitment. Meet the champions

Why commit to Wastewater Zero

Today, 80% of wastewater is discharged directly into the environment without prior treatment. This is bad for business, nature, climate and society. The cost of inaction far outweighs the investment required to fix the wastewater problem. If your business is committed to halting biodiversity loss, climate action or water security, taking the Wastewater Zero commitment will help you meet your targets

By taking the Wastewater Zero commitment, companies:

  • Demonstrate leadership in tackling a major global challenge: water quality
  • Generate impact by contributing to the implementation of the SDGs
  • Aligning wastewater actions with climate, biodiversity, and water targets
  • Be connected to peers and partners active in this space
  • Have access to and inform the development of tools to support reaching your Wastewater Zero commitment

How can your company commit to Wastewater Zero?

For more details on the requirements, data monitoring and reporting refer to the Commitment Guidance document.

For any questions, please reach out to Swapna Patil, Manager, Water.

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