Purpose - This paper introduces standardised water accounting (SWA), an innovative new approach to account for water currently being pilot tested in Australia. This approach utilises financial accounting methodology and format but does not reduce water to monetary amounts, and represents an alternative model for environmental accounting. Design/methodology/approach - The paper uses a descriptive approach to locate SWA within the existing milieu of water accounting methodology. It provides a historical account of the drivers for SWA and the related institutional framework. Findings - Given the early stage of SWA, the paper does not conclude on its efficacy. However, we outline both the potential as well as challenges of implementing this approach. Research limitations/implications - This paper provides an introduction to a larger research project which involves testing the application of SWA in real world situations. The paper is conceptual and therefore does not provide empirical evidence regarding SWA. Practical implications - If SWA proves successful, it may be adopted not only in Australia, but also in other countries. Further, SWA might be adapted to account for other environmental elements such as carbon emissions and biodiversity. Originality/value - Prior studies of accounting for water have focused on the preparation of water accounts without any real link to the Accounting discipline. Furthermore, little research has been done in the area of water accounting within social and environmental accounting research.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Conference for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (A-CSEAR 2008)|
|Editors||Roger L. Burritt|
|Place of Publication||Adelaide|
|Publisher||Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability, University of South Australia|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
|Event||Australasian Conference for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (7th : 2008) - Adelaide|
Duration: 7 Dec 2008 → 9 Dec 2008
|Conference||Australasian Conference for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (7th : 2008)|
|Period||7/12/08 → 9/12/08|
- conceptual paper
- water accounting
Tello, E., & Hazelton, J. (2008). Implementation of standardised water accounting in Australia. In R. L. Burritt (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Conference for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (A-CSEAR 2008) (pp. 687-699). Adelaide: Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability, University of South Australia.