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Denmark’s Near-Zero-Waste Wonder

by Ensia  (Jul. 21, 2014)

Has this Danish community found the formula for environmentally friendly industry? When we look closely at systems in nature — coral reefs or rainforests, for instance — we see something we don’t often see in human systems: mutually beneficial relationships and energy flows among the various elements, such as air, water, rocks, ...

Stochastic simulation methodology for resilience assessment of water distribution networks

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jul. 2, 2014)

Water distribution systems enable social and economic development and sustain people quality of life. However, these systems face significant performance challenges including ageing, natural disruptive events, and man–made disruptions. Physical protection of networked infrastructure distributed over large geographical areas is unfeasible. A ...

Food Waste Collection Innovations

by BioCycle Magazine  (Jul. 1, 2014)

As more food waste diversion programs roll out in the residential and commercial sectors, manufacturers and suppliers are responding with new collection and container tools. The weight and moisture content of food waste have led to innovations in equipment design and operation. An increase in residential food waste collection programs — and ...

Questions and answers on sustainable buildings

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jul. 2, 2014)

Why is this initiative necessary? Almost one half of the EU's final energy consumption and extracted materials, and about one third of water consumption, is related to the construction and occupancy of buildings. The sector also generates about one third of all waste. This results in major environmental impacts. These impacts are the combined ...

Questions and answers on the Commission Communication `Towards a Circular Economy` and the Waste Targets Review

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jul. 2, 2014)

What is a circular economy? A circular economy preserves the value added in products for as long as possible and virtually eliminates waste. It retains the resources within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, so that they remain in productive use and create further value. It may involve: Increasing the time products ...

More to Scrubber Pumps than Meets the Eye

by DESMI A/S  (Jul. 2, 2014)

One component, in particular, needs to be carefully selected to ensure safe and efficient sulphur removal. The time is now Shipowners are having to move fast to change fuel type to distillate fuel or LNG, or to install the exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGC systems) known as scrubbers. They’re reacting to new sulphur emission legislation set ...

Reducing Energy`s Water Footprint, Driving a Sustainable Energy Future

by IWA Publishing  (Jun. 16, 2014)

Water is an essential natural resource that impacts all aspects of life: Clean and abundant supplies of water are vital for supporting the production of food, public health, industrial and energy development, and a healthy environment. Water is an integral part of energy extraction, production, and generation. It is used directly in hydroelectric ...

How Can Decentralized Water Systems Save Money for Governments and Communities?

by IWA Publishing  (Jun. 5, 2014)

The construction of water treatment facilities has traditionally been directed by the community’s need for reliable and dependable water quality. However, particularly in recent years when budgets have not grown to meet the expanding population, the need to lower the costs of delivery and production of drinkable water has become a factor in ...

Is China a market? A partner? A competitor? Yes. Yes. And yes.

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jun. 6, 2014)

Daily media reports on China are laden with coverage on both 1) massive resource-intensive industries and their devastating pollution footprints causing health scares, environmental protests, and economic constraints, and 2) debate on whether China will (or will not) be able to rejig the economic model onto a more sustainable footing amid ...

Water Sector Can Attract Private Investment By Improving Efficiency

by Bloomberg BNA  (May 8, 2014)

To help to attract badly needed private investment in water infrastructure globally, regulators and governments need to ensure more efficient use of water and educate the public about the real costs of delivering water, a senior World Bank executive said May 7. “Unless we are able to maximize efficiencies on the supply side and we are ...

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