Warsaw Convention on Loss and Damage

See: Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts.

Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts

A mechanism to address loss and damage associated with impacts of climate change.

Waste assessment

An assessment that identifies waste generated at a facility and its associated purchasing and management practices.

Waste stream

The complete flow of waste from its domestic or industrial source to recovery, recycling or disposal.

Water cycle

A cyclical process describing the continuous movement of water on, above and below the earth’s surface.

Water footprint

A measure of the total amount of water used, either directly or indirectly, to produce goods or a service.

Water funds

Funds that invest in companies providing technology, products and services relating to the water value chain.

Water intensity

The amount of water used per unit of production.

Water vapour

The amount of water present in the atmosphere in gaseous form.

Wates Coalition

A coalition group with a view to devising a set of principles to guide companies in the reporting of their corporate governance arrangements.

Wates Corporate Governance Principles (Wates Principles)

A voluntary framework comprising six high level principles of corporate governance intended to help the largest private companies in the United Kingdom meet the legislative requirement to report on their corporate governance arrangements.


See: World Business Council for Sustainable Development.


The atmospheric condition at any given time or place.

Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

The calculation of a company’s average funding cost based on a proportionate weighting of debt and equity instruments.


A state of existence that fulfils various human needs.

Western Climate Action Initiative

A non-profit organisation that administers the GHG Emissions Trading Market between California and certain Canadian provinces.

White Privilege

The unearned set of advantages, privileges or benefits given to people based solely on being white.

White Supremacy

The exploitation or oppression of nations or people of colour by white people for the purpose of maintaining and defending a system of wealth, privilege, and power.

Wildlife Credits

An innovative approach to preservation of biodiversity, which rewards communities for protecting wildlife and creates opportunities for smart conservation where wildlife thrives and people prosper.

Wind Energy

The process of creating electricity using the wind or air flows that occur naturally in the earth’s atmosphere.

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