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Water scarcity: How Suntory is optimizing for beverage production
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Water scarcity: How Suntory is optimizing for beverage production

You won't be surprised to hear that companies that make drinks need a lot of water. Suntory, one of the leading beverage producers in the world, is no exception. However, they have come up with an exceptional response to the issue, according to Shigeaki Kazama , Executive Officer and Division Deputy COO of the Sustainability Management Division at Suntory Holdings..

To offset the water Suntory draws from Japan's underground aquifers, they manage a vast system of forest preserves. They help recharge the resource by maintaining a cool, wet environment that allows groundwater to seep back into the earth rather than run off or evaporate.

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The global water crisis and the path to a sustainable future
High and Dry: Tackling global water stress | Sustainability Leaders Council

The global water crisis and the path to a sustainable future

What would you do if you turned on the tap one day and nothing came out? By 2025, water scarcity is expected to affect about 50% of the world’s 8 billion people, and climate change is worsening the problem by changing global weather patterns.

That’s why this year’s COP28 climate summit, which kicks off Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, added water scarcity to the agenda, bringing it to the forefront of climate negotiations. In advance of the summit, the Sustainability Leaders Council - a partnership between Eurasia Group, GZERO Media, and Suntory - brought together leading experts and industry leaders to discuss the problem and possible solutions for a GZERO Live event.

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Watch today's livestream: "High and Dry: Tackling Global Water Stress"

WATCH THE REPLAY: By 2025, water scarcity is expected to affect around two-thirds of the world's population, and a similar proportion of companies will encounter significant water-related risks throughout their operations. Adding to the challenge, existing policy measures fall short of addressing this issue adequately. Resolving this crisis demands increased cooperation between public and private entities.

Join GZERO Media live today at 8 am ET as we delve into practical approaches spanning various regions and industries to address water scarcity globally.

Franck Gbaguidi, Director for Climate and Sustainability at Eurasia Group will moderate the livestream conversation, sponsored by Suntory, with:

  • James Dalton, Director, Global Water Programme, IUCN
  • Shari Friedman, Managing Director for Climate and Sustainability, Eurasia Group
  • Manoj Jain, Investment Director, Unison Capital
  • Shigeaki Kazama, Executive Officer and Division Deputy COO, Sustainability Management Division, Suntory Holdings
  • Alzbeta Klein, CEO, International Fertilizer Association
  • Mike Nemeth, Senior Advisor, Agricultural and Environmental Sustainability, Nutrien
  • Tanvi Nagpal, Senior Technical Research Advisor, URBAN WASH Program, Tetra Tech
  • Brian Richter, President, Sustainable Waters

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