The Unified Water Label Association has welcomed a ministerial statement on reducing water waste, published today, (01July). The statement outlines the government’s approach to reduce the demand for water in order to fulfil the ambitious requirements of the 25 Year Environment Plan.
The measures, proposed to create more water efficient homes, include; asking water companies to address leakage on customers own pipes, encouraging local authorities to adopt the optional minimum building standard of 110 litres per person per day in all new builds, developing a roadmap towards greater water efficiency in new developments and retrofits, exploring revised building regulations and how the development of new technologies can contribute to meeting these standards, and the introduction of a mandatory water efficiency label.
UWLA MD Yvonne Orgill says, “We welcome this announcement and the importance that the government is now placing on the sustainability message. We are looking forward to working with the government and taking forward our industry water label, a unique tool, developed by industry experts and used extensively to identify water use of bathroom products. In the first half of 2021, over 28,000 visitors have used the water calculator and since its development over 10 years ago over 150,000 projects have been calculated.
“The Unified Water Label is tried and tested in the market place. It is robust and meets all the demands of the environmental bill. It has been developed by the industry, by working together we have made significant progress, taking on board the challenges and driving forward changes in opinion and habits in consumers.
“If we can continue to work collectively towards a common goal, I am confident that with government support we can make the Unified Water Label a mandatory solution that works for the industry and the consumer.
“Those interested in finding out how they can become involved by supporting the Unified Water Label can find out more here.”
International freight forwarding and transportation specialists Dimerco have stepped forward to assist in shipping vital medical supplies to COVID-hit India, which is currently facing a humanitarian crisis. Mr. Alexander King & Mr. Jeff Chen of Dimerco’s New York team partnered with the charity ‘Breath for Humanity’, to source and donate nearly 2 tons of medical devices. The life-saving supplies were shipped from Philadelphia in the US to Bangalore in India, with the collaboration of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, The Islamic Council of North America and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
The shipment included 75,000 N95 & respirators, over 15,000 PPE gown and shields, and over 50 boxes of tracheostomy tubes. Mr. King explained, “When I was first introduced to the shipper, Ms. Noor Shaik and her organization, I was immediately touched by her passion to help India. Since our team in New York has experience handling urgent PPE shipments during the peak of the pandemic, I knew we would be able to apply our experience and expertise to help Noor’s efforts, offering our services free of charge.
I hope this story reaches and inspires others to help her and her organization’s initiative.”
The Dimerco teams in USA and India supported this charitable initiative by providing freight and transportation free of charge. Since May, Dimerco has continued to move more crucial supplies, such as oxygen concentrators.
Find out more about the Noor initiative by following the links below.
Photo Caption: Dimerco supports by transporting 2 tons of charitable medical devices to Bangalore, India, free of charge.
The Unified Water Label Association is calling on the European kbb industry to realise the importance of using water wisely on World Environment Day (Sat 05 June). World Environment Day is an international event that encompasses global virtual gatherings, community clean ups, live social discussions, musical and film screenings. A virtual gala is also taking place welcoming the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, comprising inspiring messages from world leaders, activists, celebrities, and musical performances as well as Pakistan’s host country programme.
UWLA MD Yvonne Orgill says, “The theme for World Environment Day is working together with a strapline of together we can be #generation restoration
“Working together is also a key theme of UWLA’s communication strategy. We believe that everyone has a part to play in making responsible water-saving choices. If those involved in designing, manufacturing, selling, installing and purchasing water using bathroom products, all work together to help each other, and consumers understand the issues around water scarcity, then we can drive home the message that for the sake of the planet we must use water wisely.
“We explored this at our recent Water Matters workshop, which was attended by an international audience of over 150 delegates representing manufacturers, associations, retailers, distributors and media from Europe as well as further afield from Australia and the USA.”
Carlos Velazquez, newly elected president of UWLA and Sustainability Director at Roca Group hosted the event. He said, “There is an increasing awareness of the importance of using water wisely, which is generating interest in the Unified Water Label. The Water Matters event provided a fantastic opportunity to learn more about how to communicate with customers on water efficiency and environmental issues.”
“I am looking forward to sharing our message at the Water World Forum For Life event which takes place this weekend to mark World Environment Day in Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal.”
“Those interested in finding out how they can become involved by supporting the UWLA or joining our campaign can find out more here.”
Pictured: Carlos Velazquez, president of UWLA