Wastewater Treatment Plants Becoming Prosumers
Dec13

Wastewater Treatment Plants Becoming Prosumers

Around the world, leading wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) are becoming prosumers: both a producer and consumer of energy. In regular WWTPs, aeration, pumping, and solids processing account for most of the electricity that is used. In fact, energy is the second-highest budget item for these utilities after labor costs. Wastewater is a renewable resource Wastewater is a renewable resource in its own right Click & Tweet! with thermal,...

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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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NYC’s water-energy-carbon nexus
Oct11

NYC’s water-energy-carbon nexus

The Paris Climate Agreement commits nations to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius and to aspire to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In support, New York City’s Mayor has committed the city to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. New York City faces a variety of climate change-related threats including rising sea level, increased flooding, and more frequent and intense...

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LA’s green growth plan in action
Aug23

LA’s green growth plan in action

In the 21st century, cities will play an increasing role in developing the green economy. One city that is at the forefront is Los Angeles (LA), which has recently published its second annual report for pLANn. LA’s pLAn for green growth LA’s pLAn sets the course for a cleaner environment Click & Tweet! and a stronger economy, with a commitment of equity as its foundation. This vision recognizes that, with cities covering a fraction of...

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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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HafenCity: A resilient European city on the waterfront
Jul05

HafenCity: A resilient European city on the waterfront

Globally, rising urban populations are increasing the number of people, and the amount of infrastructure, exposed to climate change-related extreme weather events. At the same time, the growth of cities has contributed towards climate change through increased emissions. HafenCity, a resilient European city on the waterfront One city that is exploring urban solutions that protect both people and infrastructure from climate change,...

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