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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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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Wastewater becomes resourcewater
Feb15

Wastewater becomes resourcewater

A paradigm shift is required to stop viewing wastewater as a problem Click & Tweet! and instead see it as a resource that provides water, for both humans and nature, as well as energy and fertilizer. One city that is leading the way in turning waste into a resource is Hamburg Click & Tweet! with the city’s utility, HAMBURG WASSER, setting the goal of closing the material and energy cycle with energy-saving technology. 20th-century...

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South Australia’s circular economy initiative
Jan18

South Australia’s circular economy initiative

In the circular economy, businesses and consumers are taking steps to transition towards a stronger, more circular economy Click & Tweet! where resources, including water, are used in a more sustainable way. Creating a circular economy is about ‘closing the loop’ of product lifecycles Click & Tweet! through greater recycling and re-use, with significant benefits to both the economy and the environment. In one recent report by the...

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