Corporate sustainability reporting for water : water footprint, global reporting initiative and the water accounting framework

Danoucaras, Anastasia, Woodley, Alan, & Vink, Sue (2013) Corporate sustainability reporting for water : water footprint, global reporting initiative and the water accounting framework. In Agioutantis, Zach & Karmis, Michael (Eds.) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development Indicators in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI-2013), Milos Island, Greece.


Three initiatives with respect to water reporting in the mining sector are compared in this paper to understand the quantities that are asked for by each initiative and the guidelines of those initiatives through means of a case study. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) was chosen because it has achieved widespread acceptance amongst mining companies and its water-related indicators are widely reported in corporate sustainability reporting. In contrast, the Water Footprint Network, which has been an important initiative in food and agricultural industries, has had low acceptance in the mining industry. The third initiative is the Water Accounting Framework, a collaboration between The Minerals Council of Australia and the Sustainable Minerals Institute of the University of Queensland. A water account had previously been created according to the Water Accounting Framework for the case study site, an open pit coal mine in the Bowen Basin. The resulting account provided consistent data for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Water Footprint attributable to mining but in particular, a deficiency in the GRI indicator of EN10 reuse and recycling efficiency was illustrated quantitatively. This has far-reaching significance due to the widespread use of GRI indicators in mining corporate reports.

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ID Code: 74642
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: water accounting, water accounting framework, global reporting indicators, water footprint, mining, gri, waf
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified (050299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > RESOURCES ENGINEERING AND EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY (091400) > Mining Engineering (091405)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2014 01:19
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2014 10:28

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