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Name and location of the project

WAE Corp products are aimed at removal of plastic bottled water at corporates and institutions. Under this initiative, one of the projects was with Ericsson, India. The company was determined to eliminate plastic bottled water from all its offices across India and WAE Corp enabled this shift through drinking water stations. This resulted in reduction of carbon footprints by eliminating 112,080 kg CO2e per year at Ericsson India Offices across the country.

Strategic reasons

Bottled water not only leads to plastic pollution but also results in water mining. To set up a big plant near a water abundant area, bottled water companies need to extract groundwater from a source at a rate more than the replenishment rate leading to persistent decline in the groundwater levels. The groundwater is taken out, bottled, and then shipped all over the country or world and this water never goes back. When the water table depletes beyond a critical limit, bottling companies just move from that area leaving a grave water scarcity.

WAE Corp, by the very nature of its positioning empowers corporates and institutions to say no to bottled water and cut their carbon footprints by at least 65 % and enables them to save millions of liters of water per year. The above program has been successful in eliminating thousands of plastic waste and decreased contribution to the landfills. Groundwater depletion impacts everyone and everything in the area who uses water: farmers, businesses, animals, ecosystems, tourism, and the regular guy getting his water from a well.  Millions of gallons of water out of the ground leaves the water table depleted uniformly and not just in that area because water table is connected across the landmass. Bottling Plants generate water scarcity and impact ecological balance.

Environmental returns: Reduced 112,080 kg CO2e per year

Following table elucidates the impact we created through replacing thousands of plastic water bottles and replacing them with Drinking Water Stations. The direct impact of removal of plastic water bottles is due to cutting down the CO2 emissions while manufacturing and incineration while the In-direct impact is due to the reduction in CO2 emissions in logistics and delivery to the point of use.

 

CARBON FOOT PRINT SAVINGS

A

Direct Impact - Plastic bottles reduction

 

Total number of bottles removed from circulation*

     25,000

 

 

Approximate weight of each 20-liter bottle

0.64

kg

 

Total weight of plastics removed

     16,000

kg

 

CO2 while manufacturing & incineration / kg of plastic

6

kg

 

CO2 emission reduction

     96,000

kg CO2e

B

Indirect Impact - Estimated savings on fuel emissions

 

1 trip takes approximately

50

bottles

 

To and fro trip saved at least

       1,000

monthly trips

 

Total travel saved (assuming each trip of 10 km)

   120,000

km / annum

 

Fuel consumed @ 20 kmpl

       6,000

liter of diesel

 

CO2 emissions per liter

2.68

kg / liter of diesel

 

Net emission impact

     16,080

kg CO2e/annum

 

Total Reduction of CO2 per month

   112,080

kg CO2e

 

*Monthly consumption of 20-liter bottle

Social welfare and development returns: Water Conservation - 12 million liters water saved

Apart from reducing the carbon footprints by at least 65 %, we also enable corporates to conserve water to a considerable amount which not only is a makes a better financial sense to them but also increases their contribution to sustainability and water-secure future.

Following table depicts the amount of water saved through removal of bottled water from ERICSSON:

No. of 20-liter bottles used per month

25,000

Water Consumption

500,000 liters

Water Wastage *

15,00,000 liters

Water Saved per month

10,00,000 liters

Water Saved per year

1,20,00,000 liters

12 Million liters

*It takes 4 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water

Intangible returns

Bottled water not only leads to plastic pollution but also results in water mining. To set up a big plant near a water abundant area, bottled water companies need to extract groundwater from a source at a rate more than the replenishment rate leading to persistent decline in the groundwater levels. The groundwater is taken out, bottled, and then shipped all over the country or world and this water never goes back. When the water table depletes beyond a critical limit, bottling companies just move from that area leaving a grave water scarcity.

Groundwater depletion impacts everyone and everything in the area who uses water: farmers, businesses, animals, ecosystems, tourism, and the regular guy getting his water from a well.  Millions of gallons of water out of the ground leaves the water table depleted uniformly and not just in that area because water table is connected across the landmass. Bottling Plants generate water scarcity and impact ecological balance.