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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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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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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Building a climate ready Boston
Jul19

Building a climate ready Boston

With Boston under threat from climate change, the city has released its Climate Ready Boston Report that will guide Bostonians towards a more resilient future. As the century progresses, Boston is likely to experience more extreme temperatures and weather events. It is projected that the city’s summer average temperature of 69 degrees over the 1981-2010 period will increase to 76 degrees by 2050 and 84 degrees by 2100, while the...

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Melbourne’s water-efficient future
Jul12

Melbourne’s water-efficient future

Between now and 2050, Melbourne’s population is projected to reach 8 million, up from its current 4.5 million inhabitants. To guide this growth, the Victorian Government has launched Plan Melbourne, a blueprint to guide the city towards a sustainable, productive and liveable future. Melbourne’s water-efficient future Plan Melbourne aims to improve the water performance of the city’s built environment Click & Tweet! while reducing...

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