In my latest article on Guardian Sustainable Business, I discuss the nascent water offset market. As of now there are two different kinds of schemes: one that pays the owners of water rights to not use their water allotments and another that works similarly to carbon offsets. With water stewardship becoming increasingly of focus of companies burnishing their sustainability programs, many questions about water offsets must be asked. Can they make a difference in a world where fresh water is becoming more scarce? Should companies like those in the beverage industry tackle water usage at the source? Or can new technologies and more water efficient processes really make a difference?

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.