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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Wising Up to Water
Nov01

Wising Up to Water

With cities facing rising demand for water, along with variable supplies, water utilities are providing tailored advice to customers to modify their behavior towards water consumption. Tailored information is highly personalized and specific with the advantage being that participants receive relevant information only, instead of getting an overload of general information, which may not always apply to their household. Tailored...

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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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Europe’s green (blue) capital crowned
Jun28

Europe’s green (blue) capital crowned

Oslo, the capital of Norway with a population of nearly 660,000, has won the European Green Capital Award for 2019 due to its commitment and actions to protect natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020 (compared to 1990) and be carbon neutral by 2050. Europe’s green (blue) capital decoupling water consumption from population growth Oslo’s per capita water consumption has steadily declined over the past 20...

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The Green Economy and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus
May07

The Green Economy and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The Green Economy and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus argues that a variety of policies will be required to create synergies between the water-energy-food nexus sectors while reducing trade-offs in the development of a green economy. Despite rising demand for water, energy and food globally, the governance of water-energy-food sectors has generally remained separate with limited attention placed on the interactions that exist between...

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