The Nordic Eco-label successful 25 years on
Jan06

The Nordic Eco-label successful 25 years on

The Nordic Eco-label is over 27 years old, making it one of the world’s oldest eco-labels. Shaped like a swan the Nordic Ecolabel is found on products throughout the Nordic region: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The purpose of the label is to help customers choose the right products from an environmental point of view. Life-cycle-based labeling The labeling process is thorough with each product or service’s life-cycle...

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Resource efficiency and the water-energy nexus
Jul22

Resource efficiency and the water-energy nexus

Under the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the Flagship Initiative for achieving a resource-efficient Europe aims to create a framework for policies that support Europe’s transition towards a resource-efficient and low-carbon economy where resource efficiency minimizes the amount of waste produced in a circular economy. To achieve these goals the Flagship Initiative calls for a 20-20-20 target by 2020:...

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Water efficiency critical for future energy demand
May13

Water efficiency critical for future energy demand

By 2050, the world’s economy will be four times its current size. While it will result in a less than proportional increase in water demand the global economy will still require 55% more water as compared to today. To power a larger global economy thermal power plants will require 140% more water: currently 90% of power generation worldwide is water-intensive while energy production accounts for around 15% of all water withdrawals and...

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Managing water-energy nexus pressures in the MENA region
May13

Managing water-energy nexus pressures in the MENA region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is one of the most water scarce regions in the world. In 1950, per capita renewable water resources were 4,000 cubic metres per year. Currently, this figure is 1,100 cubic metres and by 2050 it will drop to 550 cubic metres as a result of climate change and rapid urbanization. With water and wastewater services requiring energy and energy production requiring water, the MENA region faces...

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