water carbon footprint Articles

  • Biofuels and carbon footprint

    Europe’s use of biofuels to fuel its vehicles risks driving land grabs and deforestation, increasing food prices, exacerbating poverty and hunger, and accelerating climate change. We are seriously concerned that the Commission has not yet taken action to ensure that Europe’s green transport policy discourages those biofuels that cause higher greenhouse gas emissions than fossil ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 4 Steps to Reducing Aviation’s Carbon Footprint

    We live in an increasingly hyper-mobile society with over three billion passengers being carried by the world’s airlines in 2013, and an estimated 31% growth in passenger demand by 2017.  This accounts for hundreds of millions of tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, greatly impacting global warming, climate change, and ultimately the sustainability of life on this wonderful ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Reducing life-cycle carbon footprints in the redesign of water distribution systems

    Water distribution systems (WDSs) contribute to undesirable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are generated through their component fabrication, construction, operation and disposal processes. The concentration of GHGs in the atmosphere is strongly associated with global warming and climate change. In order to meet the consequent challenge of limiting GHG emissions, the problem of WDS redesign ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Integrating Ecological, Carbon and Water footprint into a Footprint Family of indicators: Definition and role in tracking human pressure on the planet

    In recent years, attempts have been made to develop an integrated Footprint approach for the assessment of the environmental impacts of production and consumption. In this paper, we provide for the first time a definition of the “Footprint Family” as a suite of indicators to track human pressure on the planet and under different angles. This work has been developed under the 7th ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Reducing industrial water footprint lightens energy footprint, too

    The close connection between the water footprint of an industrial facility, which describes its overall consumption and efficiency of its water use, and its carbon footprint – much of which reflects the energy used to move, heat, cool or treat water – has never been more apparent. And as clean freshwater becomes increasingly scarce and energy becomes more expensive, reducing the water footprint ...

  • How new technologies are shrinking wastewater’s hefty carbon footprint

    Wastewater treatment plants are energy hogs. A 2013 study by the Electric Power Research Institute and Water Research Foundation reported that they consumed about 30 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, or about 0.8 percent of the total electricity used in the United States. Wastewater treatment’s high energy footprint is ironic because the organic matter in wastewater contains ...


    By Ensia

  • The best way we can reduce energy’s carbon footprint? Nurture nuclear.

    History shows us that nuclear power is the fastest, smartest approach to decarbonizing electricity. When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their vision for the environment as it relates to business, culture, ecosystems, energy, food, health, water and the world ( ...


    By Ensia

  • How Communities Are Reducing Ecological Footprints

    MUNICIPAL LEADERS from San Francisco to Melbourne are engaging in sustainability actions from banning plastic bags and bottled water to making commitments to address climate change. But within and beyond cities, growing numbers of local communities are also going green, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. Worldwide, the 379 “ecovillages” currently registered with ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Case study - Environmental footprint and management strategies

    An organization’s environmental footprint (water, chemicals, energy, waste, etc.) is an essential component to maximizing its long-term profitability and fully understanding its risk management profile. Incorporating cost-management information derived using full social and environmental cost accounting or a life-cycle assessment can help facility and environmental managers identify and ...


    By MetaVu, Inc.

  • How can I make my lab greener? 5 tips to reduce your lab’s carbon footprint

    Many laboratories want to make their operation more environmentally friendly and reduce their carbon footprint. The 5 steps below are a good starting point for simple changes to get closer to being a green lab We’ve been reading the great tips and ideas on mygreenlab.org to reduce the carbon footprint of your lab. Why not try these simple changes to ...


    By Camlab Limited

  • Reducing your CO2 Footprint by Advanced Global Trading

    A CO2 footprint is a measurement of the amount of greenhouse gases we produce through everyday activities. Of course most of us are aware that we can now calculate our CO2 footprint online. It’s largely just a matter of totting up our electricity and fuel bills. To then mitigate our personal contribution to global emissions we can purchase Emission Trading Permits (ETP). An ...


  • Carbon footprint and life cycle assessment of centralised and decentralised handling of wastewater during rain

    The most widely used approaches for handling of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) are: (1) storage in smaller retention basins and local decentralised treatment; and (2) storage in larger retention basins and treatment at a central wastewater treatment plant. This paper compares the environmental impact including carbon footprint for these two approaches using the life cycle assessment (LCA) ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Identifying energy and carbon footprint optimization potentials of a sludge treatment line with Life Cycle Assessment

    This study exemplifies the use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a tool to quantify the environmental impacts of processes for wastewater treatment. In a case study, the sludge treatment line of a large wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) is analysed in terms of cumulative energy demand and the emission of greenhouse gases (carbon footprint). Sludge treatment consists of anaerobic digestion, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Planet Supra for Logistics & Supply Chain: beat the heat, save costs, reduce carbon footprint

    Global Warming means temperatures are rising year after year. The Logistics and Supply Chain industries, with their facilities, warehouses, trucks largely exposed to solar radiations, face unique challenges and responsibilities. Trading Green in collaboration with DHL Thailand, Carrefour Thailand, Linfox and JVK Movers published a White Paper to illustrate how Planet Supra Thermal Barrier Paint ...


    By Trading Green Ltd.

  • Water efficiency as a means of reducing carbon emissions in Northern Ireland (NI) water

    The water and sewerage sectors' combined emissions account for just over 1% of total UK emissions, while household water heating accounts for a further 5%. Energy use, particularly electricity, is the largest source of emissions in the sector. Water efficiency measures should therefore result in reduced emissions from a lower demand for water and wastewater treatment and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Thermal hydrolysis, anaerobic digestion and dewatering of sewage sludge as a best first step in sludge strategy: full scale examples in large projects in the UK and strategic study including cost and carbon footprint.

    Abstract This paper shows that by using thermal hydrolysis process (THP) as a pre-treatment for anaerobic digestion (AD) it is possible to develop a step wise approach to sludge strategy that is cost effective and flexible. By generating a low volume of non odorous, well dewatered and safe digested cake it is possible to recycle sludge directly to agriculture or dry it for fuel use or ...


    By Cambi Group AS

  • The Changing Carbon Management Landscape

    How far we have come, key trends, and what the future holds Over the last decade, the carbon management landscape for companies has changed dramatically. Today, the business drivers for managing carbon are much clearer, and there are many examples of companies that are gaining business value by managing the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Although much uncertainty ...

  • Chemical footprint: A methodological framework for bridging life cycle assessment and planetary boundaries for chemical pollution

    The development and use of footprint methodologies for environmental assessment are increasingly important for both the scientific and political communities. Starting from the ecological footprint, developed at the beginning of the 90s, several other footprints were defined, e.g. carbon and water footprint. These footprints ‐ even though based on different meaning of “footprint” ‐ integrate ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Building a lower carbon construction industry

    Dominic Burbidge, Senior Client Manager Carbon Trust Advisory takes a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain Carbon reduction is a complex challenge for all organisations, not least those in the construction industry. Taking a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain means considering all aspects of the design, construction, use and demolition of ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • West of England Carbon Challenge - Regional Carbon Management Solution case study

    The Challenge The West of England Carbon Challenge supports organisations in the region to reduce their emissions in line with national targets. It challenges all businesses, public and third sector bodies to commit to making an annual cut in emissions for four years to reach a cumulative total of at least 10% by 2012/13. Our Solution As a key sponsor and as ...


    By SustainIt Solutions Ltd.

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