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A significant push has been witnessed from governments, suppliers and service providers to make our cities "smart." This calls for several key elements to come together cohesively and profitably to make smart cities a long-term value proposition for all involved.
This briefing will delve into the issues, challenges, and success factors that need to be evaluated in implementing smart city plans.
The analyst briefing will discuss:
- The latest global activities in waste upcycling
- Nine dimensions of waste upcycling technologies and insights on the roadmap and penetration prospects of these technologies
- An overview of the anticipated value chain after five years in this technology domain
With the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy fast approaching in October, municipal water and wastewater utilities in North America are surprisingly no further ahead in their preparations for similar major wet weather events. This briefing will investigate the infrastructure challenges related to storm water management, and the short- and long-term implications of some of these initiatives.
•New treatment technologies and system management solutions used to address these issues
•Regional regulations under development to evoke long-term changes
•The industry challenges related to infrastructure spending
•Short- and long-term infrastructure initiatives related to major wet weather events
•Understand the issues associated with oil and gas exploration
•Gain a realistic understanding of the growth opportunities for drilling
•Recognize the future for water treatment companies in the United States oil and gas industry
•Learn more about one of the most talked about industries in North America
This session was conceived as a way to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of the Water Conservation Showcase and will be structured as a panel discussion. The intention of the session is to take a quick look back at the status of water conservation from ten years ago when the first showcase was held, consider some of the most successful conservation efforts that are active today and explore how utilities will address water management in the future. The presentation will focus on current and emerging approaches toward providing water management services and tools to assist water customers in managing their own water use. These tools are applicable to existing customers as well as new development to maximize cost-effective water efficiency benefits.
The panelists are from four of the most innovative and ambitious water utilities in California: Julie Ortiz of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Richard Harris of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), Bill McDonald of the Metropolitan Water District, and Chris Dundon of the Contra Costa Water District. Each panelist will provide a brief presentation on their perspective of the past, present and future of water conservation. The bulk of the session will be set aside for what promises to be a lively discussion.
It is zero hour for a new US water policy! At a time when many countries are adopting new national approaches to water management, the United States still has no cohesive federal policy, and water-related authorities are dispersed across more than 30 agencies. Here, at last, is a vision for what we as a nation need to do to manage our most vital resource. In this book, leading thinkers at world-class water research institution the Pacific Institute present clear and readable analysis and recommendations for a new federal water policy to confront our national and global challenges at a critical time.
What exactly is at stake? In the 21st century, pressures on water resources in the United States are growing and conflicts among water users are worsening. Communities continue to struggle to meet water quality standards and to ensure that safe drinking water is available for all. And new challenges are arising as climate change and extreme events worsen, new water quality threats materialize, and financial constraints grow. Yet the United States has not stepped up with adequate leadership to address these problems.
The inability of national policymakers to safeguard our water makes the United States increasingly vulnerable to serious disruptions of something most of us take for granted: affordable, reliable, and safe water. This book provides an independent assessment of water issues and water management in the United States, addressing emerging and persistent water challenges from the perspectives of science, public policy, environmental justice, economics, and law. With fascinating case studies and first-person accounts of what helps and hinders good water management, this is a clear-eyed look at what we need for a 21st century U.S. water policy.
This session will focus on the completed projects of two design firms. These case studies will highlight the innovative solutions that both firms deploy in their efforts to reduce fresh water use and waste-water run-off. The panelists are Lisa Petterson of SERA Architects Inc. and Jeffrey Miller of Miller Company Landscape Architects. The specific projects they will present are described below. Each panelist will share how water conservation measures where achieved in their projects, the measured impact of these solutions and lessons-learned that impacted their future work. The session will end with questions from attendees.
In 2008, SERA Architects was commissioned to design a high-rise multi-family development to meet the then newly released Living Building Challenge Standard. The team recognized that Net Zero Water would be particularly challenging due to the water needs of a residential building. We applied for a grant to identify regulatory barriers project teams would face when creating Living Buildings. In the undertaking, we found ourselves doing more than just identifying barriers. Ultimately the team’s work resulted in passage of three alternate methods to the state building code and a house bill which legalized the use of rainwater and graywater in Oregon. As a result of these policy changes, the team is celebrating completion of one of the largest rainwater collection projects in Oregon and is now designing what will be one of the largest rainwater-to-potable systems ever built.
Miller Company Landscape Architects is an award-winning landscape architecture firm located in San Francisco. Case study projects illustrated in this presentation include over 20 green school yards the firm has designed and built in San Francisco. These projects include independent and public schools commissioned by SFUSD, SFPUC and include edible and native gardens, rainwater catchment systems and educational components.
The first portion of the session will be a presentation of the results of a joint ACEEE/AWE Report, Tackling the Nexus: Exemplary Programs that Save Both Energy and Water, which identifies and recognizes the most successful programs that seek both energy and water savings, and chronicles these programs so that others can learn from them. The results of this research include case studies of each award winning programs and an overall synthesis and discussion of the research, including key common characteristics of the best practice programs, recommendations for successful programs, and useful lessons learned. It presents best practice ideas and lessons learned for next-generation customer energy and water efficiency programs, along with concrete examples of successful program implementation. This session will cover the water-energy nexus, the methodology of the report, the winning programs and best practice results and challenges discovered from the research.
The second portion of the session will be presented by Joe Castro. Joe is one of the winning program administrators and will present on the details of his program, The City of Boulder Colorado's Energy Performance Contracting Program, including the motivation for creating the program, program design, program performance and lessons learned.
The third portion of the session will be presented by Loraine White. Loraine was an expert panelist and helped determine the winning programs that were included in the report described above. Loraine will speak to the water-energy nexus in greater detail and draw on her years of work in this field and expertise.
Generating electricity requires significant quantities of water, primarily for cooling. This demand can be particularly challenging at a local level representing in many cases a community’s single largest consumer. In addition, wastewater from these facilities can have a significant impact on water quality within a region as well. Since 2003, the California Energy Commission evaluated new power plant proposals based on policies that encourage the use of degraded water supplies rather than fresh water by power facilities and where feasible, use zero liquid discharge systems to eliminate wastewater impacts. In addition, efforts to significantly increase the efficiency of water used by power facilities as resulted in significant reductions in overall water demand by new facilities as compared to older plants. This course will explore the water dependencies and efficiency opportunities associated with power plants and the policies that now govern this relationship in California.
From the beginning, water has been at the center of our lives. We choose to live by it, harness its energy, and certainly depend upon it for sustenance. Historically we collect our stormwater and whisk it away in the most expedient and efficient manner never stopping to consider its ability to make additional contributions. Over the last few decades and with increasing frequency, stormwater has been treated as the important resource it presents. Designers and artists, together with engineers and agencies are looking to celebrate stormwater’s presence in our communities through creative expression, interpretation, and the visible additions of green infrastructure. There are inspiring examples from around the world to motivate us to join efforts with our colleagues and our communities to make an impact and to celebrate water.
The global challenge of water stress and scarcity has been accentuated by the growing population, progressing water pollution and rapid economic development in the emerging regional markets. This is driving the demand for advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies and solutions, such as membrane systems, which established a $5.5 billion market size in 2012. It is one of the fastest-growing technology segments, witnessing double-digit growth rates. The increasing penetration of membrane systems across the water cycle has led to innovative management approaches, the improvement of water supply, treatment, conservation, as well as to the much-needed rise in reuse and recycling water.
Europe generated approximately 265 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2012, and the increasing volumes are attributed to packaging and food disposed from households. With an increasing concern about energy security, waste-to-energy plants have emerged as a sustainable practice to address the disposal of municipal solid waste and also generate energy. This briefing summaries the European Thermal Waste-to-Energy Plant sector from 2009 to 2016.
Why You Should Attend:
- Gain understanding of the WTE plant market in Europe
- Receive insight on a perceptible shift in the fuel mix from coal and nuclear power to alternate and renewable sources
- Discuss why, in Europe, more than three-quarters of 480 WTE plants are older than 10 years
- Understand why grate technology is still the most commonly used solution in Europe
- Discover how improving energy efficiencies and lowering air emissions will result in an increased use of process and automation
Our survey shows that sustainability is a priority for 7 out of 10 business leaders and the CBI estimates there is £20 billion potential in the market place. How can your business be a part of this growth in the economy?
The strategic importance of corporate water footprinting and management
This webinar, produced by Sustainable Business and edie.net, will examine how businesses can create product transparency, formulate specific and measurable targets to tackle water footprint reduction, and improvement performance that can turn water risk into a competitive advantage.
Considering and mitigating the water footprint of your business can reduce physical, reputational, regulatory and financial risks. And those companies that proactively respond to the challenge of global freshwater scarcity can turn that risk into an opportunity.
Cranfield University's reader in water management, Tim Hess will be joined by Sophie Flak, VP sustainable development at Accor and Inder Poonaji, head of safety, health and environment sustainability at Nestle to explore a number of themes, including:
- Using your water footprint activity to drive your overall sustainability strategy
- What can we learn from carbon footprinting activity
- Developing effective water use minimisation strategies,
- Managing water as a valuable asset and mitigating the effects of water shortages worldwide
- The need for global standards
- Taking it to the next level: supply-chain water footprinting
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Developments in the Waste Strategy have been long awaited and much debated. At best they could unlock some of the barriers to both waste and energy infrastructure development - at worst they could result in recourse to more debate, and a loss of vital inward investment.
While the financial climate remains difficult, it's no surprise that many of those local authorities who are still to put residual waste solutions in place have had to take a step back to reconsider their options. But the UK cannot afford a protracted period of reconsideration if we are to deliver the required waste and energy capacity to meet targets and actual need. While last year's announcements proved to be a damp squib, early indicators suggest that these new changes will have a positive impact.
Government energy policy has already identified EfW as one of a handful of technologies that are critical to delivering energy security and low carbon objectives. It is our belief, however, that if we are to deliver the full potential of EfW, we are going to need to exploit resources beyond the municipal sector, especially the energy value of residual Commercial & Industrial (C&I) waste.
Joining up the dots of all of these combined waste and energy considerations, and taking into account planning and localism, is an enormous challenge - for government and for those working within the sector.
Covanta is the largest Energy-from-Waste provider in the world, operating 46 plants worldwide. The company has more than 25 years' experience and treats over 18 million tonnes or residual waste annually from which it derives more than 9 million megawatt hours of sustainable energy.
Covanta is making a considerable investment into the UK and Irish Energy-from-Waste markets, making up to 2 million tonnes of EfW capacity available over the next five years. Through this programme Covanta will be investing in communities, through job creation and community partnerships.
During the ‘Proving Sustainable Practice’ webinar, you will have the opportunity to engage with Sustainability Experts, Consultants and organisations that have achieved NQA Sustainability Assessed Certification against the management scheme they have adopted to ensure ‘best sustainable practice’ is continuously delivered, reviewed and improved within their organisation.
Attending the ‘proving sustainable practice’ seminar can provide the ‘know how’ to:
•achieve transparent sustainable practices
•prove your commitment to customers
•demonstrate a corporate conscience & ethical standards
•use an effective and certifiable sustainable business model
How your organisation can benefit from the way it manages energy.
Energy costs continue to be a major contributor to UK inflation and major energy users are more exposed to these cost fluctuations than most. In the current economic climate, organisations which use effective management techniques to control their use of energy are finding it easier to reduce this important contributor to costs. This webinar will highlight the opportunities of the Carbon Economy, will explain how effective Risk Management can be used to reduce your costs and will highlight the role that good Data Management support can play in helping you to take control of energy in your organisation.
Perú has experienced great economic growth during the 2000s and has even been referred to as one of the world’s fastest growing countries. However, such huge growth results in energy needs that have to be addressed. This involves not only new capacity, but also the maintenance of the whole system. Understanding the energy requirements of the country is key for any future business. In this presentation, Peru's electricity reality is studied from a strategic point of view.
Although renewed interest in producing electric vehicles has existed for several years and for various reasons, it is only as of recently that plausible product offerings are actually available to consumers. However, large scale adoption of this technology is threatened by several factors. Responding to these factors is crucial to the growth of the entire industry.
Highlights of the briefing include specific challenges of this market and opportunities that these obstacles present.
An overview of facts and trends regarding water scarcity, current issues and trends for business regarding water risk and opportunities and “new rules” for thinking about water as critical business issue. A perspective on how to build a global water stewardship strategy and key aspects of a successful global program will be presented.
A number of recent global trends are threatening the quantity, quality, reliability, and affordability of water resources and water services, creating risk for business and government alike. In response, companies invest in operational efficiencies, site their facilities in locations that can provide for adequate and reliable sources of water, and are increasingly working with their suppliers to improve water management practices.
However, these “internal” solutions are limited in mitigating the full range of water-related business risks, as many risks stem from external factors largely established by the public sector and controlled through public policy. Public water policy, unfortunately, can be wasteful, uninformed, inadequately enforced, under-funded, and at worst corrupt and negligent of its social and commercial responsibilities. As such, there is a strong business case for companies engaging with the public sector in order to strengthen water policy, facilitate its effective implementation, and ultimately advance sustainable water management.
This presentation will outline an operational framework for effective policy engagement that will highlight how companies can assess watershed conditions, develop an engagement strategy, and implement it effectively. This framework will be illustrated by a series of case studies.
When it comes to the management of water resources, people are at the center of the debate, both in our capacity to implement strong governance systems and in our ability to ensure that those systems support individuals’ rights to access the resource. This presentation draws on the best of BSR’s water-related stakeholder engagement projects with companies in the agriculture, pharmaceuticals, bottled water industries and water utilities, and highlights the challenges and opportunities in engaging a broad variety of individuals and organizations in sustainable water resources management.
Water scarcity is a reality for about 1/3 of the world’s population. Driving increasing water scarcity is the way we manage water for food. Projections indicate that a growing, wealthier population may need as much as 70% more food by 2050. With water scarcity already posing a constraint to food production in many areas of the world, a major question is whether we have enough water to grow enough food. In fact, it is not the amount of water that is lacking globally. Rather we are lacking in good management of water and land resources. Finding solutions will require a different set of thinking and actions moving forward. Water scarcity has brought about a new set of problems that require new solutions.
The presentation and discussion will cover water scarcity and drivers of water use within and outside the water sector and include climate change; it will ask how much more water will be needed to grow enough food; then it will provide a direction for finding solutions to future water and food problems.
David Molden is Deputy Director General for Research at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). He has a PhD, specializing in groundwater hydrology and irrigation, and has broader interests in integrating social, technical and environmental aspects of water management. Recently, David coordinated a global program involving over 700 participants to produce a Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, with results documented in the publication Water for Food, Water for Life (http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/Assessment/). David was presented with the CGIAR Outstanding Scientist Award.
Legislation will be the key driver for the ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) market globally with significant developments that include the expected ratification of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) convention in 2014. Furthermore, the recent acceptance of the IMO convention by Germany, raising the dead weight tonnage to 30.3 percent; support from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) legislation, Alternate Management System (AMS); and other national legislation's are sustaining the demand for BWTS installations.
Why You Should Attend:
· Get insights on the market growth and structure post-ratification of the IMO Convention
· Learn the strengths of AMS and the USCG regulations, and their impact on the current market scenario
· Identify current technologies that can potentially conquer the market, along with key insights on the competitive structure and statistics on the current addressable market
· Learn about ship owners’ preferences to consider retrofitting options prior to ratification and what key industry challenges the equipment suppliers face