Achieving water security and the SDGs
Apr05

Achieving water security and the SDGs

The Water Show Africa, held in Johannesburg over March 28th and 29th, brought together a series of speakers, both locally and internationally, to help bridge the gap between the opportunities and challenges in the water sector. It was a privilege to be one of the keynote speakers and panelists at The Water Show Africa. My keynote speech sought to address the keystones for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): innovation...

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Mitigating bio-energy-food nexus pressures
Jan27

Mitigating bio-energy-food nexus pressures

Countries around the world are beginning to transition away from fossil fuel-based economies towards bio-economies that use biological sources, materials and processes to achieve sustainable economic, social and environmental development. One of the main activities in a bio-economy is the production of bio-energy, which is energy produced from organic matter or biomass. The most common form of bio-energy is bio-fuels (combustible...

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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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