The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) and a group of project participant companies including IPIECA developed the GEMI Local Water Tool™ (LWT) and the GEMI LWT™ for Oil and Gas in 2012 to build on GEMI’s two existing water sustainability solution tools, Connecting the Drops (2002) and Collecting the Drops (2007). The GEMI LWT™ was developed to link to the IPIECA Global Water Tool (GWT) for Oil and Gas and provide a set of tools that companies can use to sustainably manage water in their operations. These tools are designed to be compatible to enable users to achieve full value from use of both tools.
Companies can employ the WBCSD GWT or the IPIECA GWT for Oil and Gas to identify and prioritize high risk sites in their portfolios. Companies can then employ the GEMI LWT™ or GEMI LWT™ for Oil and Gas to further evaluate the high risk locations and identify actions to manage the risks. An option is provided in the GEMI tools to enable the user to transfer specific site data from the WBCSD or IPIECA tool. The purpose and functionality of each tool are mutually supportive and the tools share the same terminology.