Dubai’s smart water meters
Jul14

Dubai’s smart water meters

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 meters per year. Currently, this figure is 1,100 cubic meters and by 2050 it will drop to 550 cubic meters as a result of climate change and rapid urbanization. Dubai’s smart water meters In response to water scarcity the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is...

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The circular economy in Europe
Apr16

The circular economy in Europe

In Europe there is a move towards a ‘circular economy’ where existing materials and products are reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled. In other words what was once regarded as waste can be turned into a resource, with many economic and environmental benefits. Two leading examples of countries adopting circular economy policies are the Netherlands and UK. The circular economy in Europe At the EU-level, resource productivity in...

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The circular economy and the water-energy-food nexus
Feb23

The circular economy and the water-energy-food nexus

Since the industrial revolution the total amount of waste generated has constantly grown as economic growth has been based on a ‘take-make-consume and dispose’ model. This linear model assumes that resources are abundant, available and cheap to dispose of. In Europe there is a move towards a circular economy where existing materials and products are reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled.   At the aggregate European...

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