Drought, Water Scarcity and UK Businesses and Industries. An Exploratory Study into Challenges and Opportunities

20 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2018

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Kevin Grecksch

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford

Zita Stefán

University of Oxford - Centre for Socio-Legal Studies

Date Written: September 28, 2018

Abstract

In water resources management and drought and water scarcity management specifically, large business and industrial abstractors are a neglected stakeholder group. Yet, supply chains and production processes often rely on continuous water supply. Droughts and water scarcity can therefore have an adverse effect on businesses and industry. This exploratory study focus' on the UK, where droughts are a recurring feature of the climate, and three business sectors - horticulture, food and drink and the Scotch whisky industry. The analysis of interviews with trade bodies from the three sectors is complemented by relevant literature and documents. The findings show that the role of drought within each sector differs, how important relationships with other business and industry sectors are, as well as the importance of good relationships with regulatory bodies and water companies. The results highlight that proactive measures such as new water saving technologies or water recycling, are of equal importance.

Keywords: UK, drought, water scarcity, business, industry, water management

Suggested Citation

Grecksch, Kevin and Stefán, Zita, Drought, Water Scarcity and UK Businesses and Industries. An Exploratory Study into Challenges and Opportunities (September 28, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3256736 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3256736

Kevin Grecksch (Contact Author)

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford ( email )

Wellington Square
Oxford, OX1 2JD
United Kingdom

Zita Stefán

University of Oxford - Centre for Socio-Legal Studies ( email )

Wellington Square
Oxford, OX1 2JD
United Kingdom

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