Futuristic Grey+Green Infrastructure in Copenhagen
Nov22

Futuristic Grey+Green Infrastructure in Copenhagen

In 2018, Copenhagen’s new waste-to-energy plant will not only set the bar high for environmental performance but also for architectural integration into the landscape with the plant containing a variety of green and recreational spaces. The city’s waste-to-energy plant, Copenhill / Amager Bakke, is being constructed by Amager Resource Center which is owned by five Danish Municipalities. The plant, projected to open in the summer of...

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Life Cycle Thinking to Save Water in Buildings
Nov15

Life Cycle Thinking to Save Water in Buildings

With Europe facing water scarcity, the European Union (EU) is applying a life cycle thinking framework called Level(s) to save water in buildings. By Robert C. Brears* In the EU, water scarcity is becoming more frequent, affecting at least 11% of the population and 17% of its territory. Despite this, 20-40% of Europe’s available water is being wasted through leaks, lack of water saving technologies, and unnecessary irrigation. Under a...

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Future water utility: Wastewater is not waste
Sep26

Future water utility: Wastewater is not waste

DC Water has created Blue Drop, a nonprofit organization, to market products and services as well as provide ratepayer relief from tariff increases due to rising operating expenses, capital investments, and declining water consumption. A key program of Blue Drop is Bloom, which is DC Water’s brand name for its EPA certified Exceptional Quality biosolids product. After water is used in homes and businesses in the District of Columbia,...

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Scottish Water’s circular economy exploits
Aug16

Scottish Water’s circular economy exploits

Scottish Water, which provides water and wastewater services to 2.49 million households and 152,000 businesses across Scotland, is contributing towards the development of a circular economy. Scottish Water’s 3Rs In the circular economy, products and materials are kept in a high-value state for as long as possible, then recovered and regenerated at the end of each service life. This ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ (3R) model contrasts...

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Singapore’s low-carbon, efficient future
Jun14

Singapore’s low-carbon, efficient future

With rising greenhouse gas emissions and increasing resource scarcity, governments around the world are implementing a range of policies to increase efficiency in production and resource use. However, rather than focus on command and control regulations that directly regulate what industry can and cannot do, governments are now raising the bar by showing what is possible themselves. One government that is leading the way towards a...

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A smart Brussels sprouts up
May31

A smart Brussels sprouts up

With the global pace of urbanization unprecedented, cities around the world will need to become smart in how they reduce emissions, use resources efficiently and become resilient to extreme weather events. A smart Brussels sprouts up One city leading the way in using technology and smart initiatives to mitigate climate change, encourage efficiency and enhance resilience is Brussels. How green is your electricity? Brussels’...

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