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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Innovation in the face of water scarcity
Sep19

Innovation in the face of water scarcity

Melbourne’s water is under pressure from population growth as well as the impacts of climate change. By 2028, it is projected that demand for water could outstrip supply with the best-case scenario seeing the city facing a water crisis within 50 years. In response, Melbourne’s four water retailers – City West Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley Water, and Melbourne Water – are proactively innovating in the face of water scarcity...

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Berlin’s climate neutral action plan
Sep12

Berlin’s climate neutral action plan

Berlin is serious about climate protection with the Berlin Energy Turnaround Act committing the city to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. With the Berlin Energy Turnaround Act in place, Berlin aims to reduce its urban carbon emissions by 4.4 million tons by 2050 Click & Tweet! ; by at least 85% compared with the 1990 base year. On the way towards 2050, the city will reduce its carbon emissions by at least 40% by 2020 and another...

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London calling to green infrastructure
Sep06

London calling to green infrastructure

London’s Mayor has published the draft London Environment Strategy that outlines the actions the city will take to improve the environment now, setting London on a path towards a greener, cleaner and climate ready future. As London has become denser there has been a gradual loss of green spaces across the city over recent years, resulting in almost half of Londoners having poor access to parks. Nonetheless, in addition to green spaces...

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Customer-centric water utilities
Aug30

Customer-centric water utilities

Water utilities are under increasing pressure to show customers value for the rates paid as well as enhance customer engagement and participation in various conservation programs. In response, several water utilities in San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC are beginning to implement customer-centric systems including smart meters and online monitoring applications that enable customers to understand where, when and why they use...

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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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