ERM helps Monsanto’s Antwerp site obtain the gold-level European Water Stewardship certificate

10 April 2015

In January 2015, Monsanto’s Antwerp site became the first chemical company in Belgium to receive the European Water Stewardship (EWS) gold-level certificate from the European Water Partnership.

ERM has been supporting Monsanto in implementing the Water Stewardship Standard at this site since 2013, establishing an exhaustive inventory of the company’s water sourcing and use. Building on the recommendations ERM made through its water use inventory, Monsanto committed itself to reducing its water use in the operations of its Antwerp site. Monsanto now saves 1M m3 of water compared with 10 years ago and minimizes the level of contaminants in the site’s wastewater to mitigate its impact on the natural resources and drinking water.

The EWS certificate, developed by the European Water Partnership, rewards the efforts of companies in the area of sustainable water management. Monsanto is the first company in Flanders, and the first in the chemical sector in Belgium, to obtain a gold-level EWS certificate, the highest recognition awarded. Water management at Monsanto's Antwerp site was assessed against the EWS Protocol by an independent verifier.

Through our unique combination of strategic and technical expertise, ERM helped Monsanto towards a better understanding of the company’s water-related vulnerabilities and business risks, and this certificate confirms the leadership role of Monsanto in water management at the Port of Antwerp.

Learn more about the European Water Stewardship program

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