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Cutting CO2 emissions

Decarbonisation of the wastewater industry

Tripling wastewater treatment by 2030 would significantly reduce energy consumption and reduce CO2 emissions, as treating wastewater cuts its CO2 emissions to about one-third. The remaining one-third can be eliminated using digitalisation and variable speed drive control.

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Source: International Water Association
Nature for life

Providing blueprints for nature-based recovery

The Equator Prize winning solutions provide blueprints for addressing the socio-economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Nature-based solutions proposed by indigenous communities in Thailand, Canada and Kenya show what green recovery can look like.

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Source: International Institute for Sustainable Development
Time for nature

Nature-based solutions for securing water resources

As economies get squeezed, it is becoming more important to recognise nature-based solutions (NBS) for securing water resources. Integrating reservoirs, treatment plants and pipe networks, with watersheds and wetlands protection can lead to improved water quality at reduced cost.

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Source: International Water Association
Harnessing the sun

Bringing fresh water to remote communities

Researchers at the University of Bath developed a desalination process using a 3D-printed system. As the process can be operated in mobile solar-powered units, it has the potential to supply communities in remote and disaster-struck areas with fresh water.

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Source: University of Bath
Solar water farm

Drinking water supply for 35,000 people daily

Due to a drought, residents of the coastal village of Kiunga in Kenya were forced to drink water from saltwater wells, a practice that may result in kidney failure. Powerwall batteries and solar panels are now being used to make saltwater suitable for drinking.

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Source: Tesmanian
Nature-based solutions

First-ever global standard developed

With growing concerns over biodiversity and climate change, nature-based solutions get increasing recognition as a necessity for achieving the SDGs. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will launch the first-ever global standard in June.

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Source: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)