Achieving water security and the SDGs
Apr05

Achieving water security and the SDGs

The Water Show Africa, held in Johannesburg over March 28th and 29th, brought together a series of speakers, both locally and internationally, to help bridge the gap between the opportunities and challenges in the water sector. It was a privilege to be one of the keynote speakers and panelists at The Water Show Africa. My keynote speech sought to address the keystones for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): innovation...

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Creating a green skyline
Mar18

Creating a green skyline

Green building certification schemes have proliferated around the world as cities and countries attempt to reduce the environmental impacts of the built environment. One location that is pushing ahead with achieving real environmental gains in this sector is Singapore. Since the introduction of Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark Scheme in 2005 more than 2,700 buildings in the city-state have been...

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Ontario’s drive to cut building emissions
Mar08

Ontario’s drive to cut building emissions

Globally, buildings are responsible for 40% of annual energy consumption Click & Tweet! and up to 30% of all energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The building sector is also responsible for 12% of all freshwater use Click & Tweet! . With energy and water inextricably linked, reducing water consumption in buildings will in turn reduce GHG emissions. Ontario’s drive to cut building emissions In Ontario, private buildings,...

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PPPs funding new water infrastructure
Mar01

PPPs funding new water infrastructure

In the water supply and sanitation sector, ensuring access and service quality is often challenged by a range of factors including population growth, rapid urbanization, climate change as well as aging infrastructure. Despite governments around the world making significant amounts of investment in the water supply and sanitation sector, infrastructure investment has fallen behind with the cumulative investment gap expected to widen...

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Making a net zero carbon economy
Feb22

Making a net zero carbon economy

Food waste is one of the least recovered materials Click & Tweet! and is one of the most important materials to divert from landfills. Food that is disposed of in landfills decomposes to create methane, a gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Diverting even a portion of this waste to waste-to-energy systems could free up large amounts of landfill space as well as provide renewable energy for a variety of uses. Making a...

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