Green Roofs Mitigating the Risks of Climate Change
Dec06

Green Roofs Mitigating the Risks of Climate Change

Taking a proactive stance, many cities are implementing green roof policies to mitigate the risks of climate change. By Robert C. Brears* Climate change is likely to increase the frequency and magnitude of both rainfall events and heat waves in cities around the world as global temperatures continue to rise. Green roofs are a key aspect of mitigating urban flooding risks as they absorb rainwater and prevent water from overwhelming...

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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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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 [clickandtweet handle=””...

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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, [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Berlin aims to reduce its urban carbon emissions by 4.4 million tons by 2050[/clickandtweet]; by at least 85% compared...

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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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