The ICT industry’s vulnerability to water insecurity
Apr27

The ICT industry’s vulnerability to water insecurity

Information and communications technology (ICT) hardware manufacturers are vulnerable to decreased availability of good quality water as the manufacturing process for computers and their components is water intensive. For example, an estimated 1,500 liters of water is required to manufacture a PC Click & Tweet! computer and monitor. Meanwhile, despite only 3 liters of water being required to make one computer chip millions are...

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Decoupling growth from carbon emissions in NRW
Mar11

Decoupling growth from carbon emissions in NRW

The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is a supersized economy in Germany and Europe with a GDP of over EUR 500 billion per annum. 33 out of Germany’s top 100 companies, including coal and steel, chemical, machinery and automobile companies, are located in the state in addition to thousands of other smaller companies. With large economic output comes large demand for energy: 34% of Germany’s primary energy production occurs...

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Investing in green climate adaptation solutions
Feb17

Investing in green climate adaptation solutions

By 2050, 66% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, increasing the concentration of people exposed to climate change extremities. To mitigate the risks associated with extreme weather events, particularly flooding, climate change adaptation strategies need to be incorporated into the designing and planning phases of all types of infrastructure. Current global spending on infrastructure and capital projects is...

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Developing the UK’s smart grid
Feb10

Developing the UK’s smart grid

In the UK, 53 million smart meters for electricity and gas will be installed across all households and small non-domestic premises between 2015 and 2020 to achieve a low carbon and energy-secure economy. The smart meters will form the basis of the country’s smart grid enabling real-time, two-way communication between energy suppliers and consumers. The current electricity grid is reliable and can deal with normal fluctuations in...

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Mitigating bio-energy-food nexus pressures
Jan27

Mitigating bio-energy-food nexus pressures

Countries around the world are beginning to transition away from fossil fuel-based economies towards bio-economies that use biological sources, materials and processes to achieve sustainable economic, social and environmental development. One of the main activities in a bio-economy is the production of bio-energy, which is energy produced from organic matter or biomass. The most common form of bio-energy is bio-fuels (combustible...

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Demand management reducing energy-water nexus pressures
Jan13

Demand management reducing energy-water nexus pressures

Nearly half of all water withdrawn in the U.S. is used to cool thermoelectric power plants, ensuring they operate safely and efficiently: On average a kilowatt-hour of electricity requires 25 gallons of water to be withdrawn from rivers and lakes. However, changes in precipitation, increased risk of drought, reduced snowpack and changes in the timing of snowmelt will impact the availability of water for electricity production. Reduced...

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