Green roofs are growing in popularity across Europe and North America. There have been many prominent new projects with green roofs, as well as new by-laws, policies and initiatives by cities to encourage or enforce the growth of green roofs on new builds.
For facilities managers and commercial landlords, managing the indirect costs of water consumption and the water infrastructure in their buildings is often a significant blind spot. This includes the carbon cost and overall environmental impact of water.
If the world is even to come close to the international goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, we must figure out how to reduce the carbon footprint of wastewater treatment. However, the water industry needs better data about its infrastructure, creating an obstacle to one of the most important ways we can reduce carbon emissions: operational efficiency.
During the COP26 conference, the world anticipated major steps would be taken to combat the rising temperature of the planet. While crucial topics like Article 6 and the end of coal usage were key talking points, the need for resource conservation is another urgent problem that needs to be openly discussed and consciously tackled. With 6 trillion gallons of water wasted a year in the US alone from damaged pipework and leaking faucets, there is far more that needs to be done to tackle the wastage of resources. (Ref)