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Fresh water is a finite resource.


Only 3% of the water on the planet is freshwater, and less than 1% of this is ready for human use.

Yet, of this small amount available for use, we use over 10 billion tons of water daily.

Our demand for water is only growing; it’s estimated that by 2050, our demand for water will grow by another one-third. With 1.4 billion people already living in areas that are running out of water, our need to reduce our overall water consumption is vital.

The good news is, water sector technological innovation is working to prevent a global water crisis.

What are some of the water challenges we currently face?


Demand outpacing supply of water is one of our main water concerns, but other challenges are exacerbating this issue.

 

Production and manufacturing use large amounts of water for many of our commonly used items. For example, manufacturing a car uses 67,500 litres, a smart phone uses 12,100 litres, and one t-shirt uses 2,500 litres. Many of our staple food products also use large amounts of water. 1 kilogram of coffee beans uses 21,000 litres, 1 kilogram of chocolate uses 24,000 litres, and 1 kilogram of beef uses 15,500 litres. Together, global water use, storage and distribution – and the lack of wastewater treatment – contributes 10% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Climate change is also affecting our water supply. With weather patterns changing, we are experiencing more extreme weather patterns such as droughts and wildfires, which is contaminating or using up our water supply. 

 

Improving our water conditions are important to both reducing GHGs, and providing water to billions of people.

How can technological innovation help the situation?


There are multiple sectors across the supply chain that can be improved to reduce our overall water usage. During the process, we can work to improve:

 

  • Water Collection

  • Desalination/purification

  • Pumping

  • Repairing/replacing ageing infrastructure

  • Logistics and distribution

  • Monitoring water usage


Monitoring water usage alone can have a large impact, both on the environment and fiscally. Some $301 billion of business value is at risk because of water stewardship challenges, yet it would take corporations just $55 billion to deliver appropriate mitigation and adaptation initiatives. Beyond risk management, there are an estimated $711 billion US dollars in business opportunities when investing in water security.


What steps are big businesses taking?


Some big businesses are stepping up their goals for decreasing water usage – in the 2020 CDP Global Water Report, major players such as Ford and L’Oreal reported reaching net zero withdrawals by replenishing the water they withdrew. Others, such as Mars and Samsung, are increasing investments into innovations that reduce water usage. 

 

However, overall, the CDP report shows that only 4.4% of businesses are reporting progress against water pollution reduction targets. 

 

In conclusion, taking action on water risks through water sector technological innovation is essential for climate action, and it makes business sense. It can stimulate economic development and create jobs. Implementing a water risk mitigation solution is a great way to begin the process of taking action on water in your business. Contact us today to learn more!
 
Sincerely,
 
Your Connected Sensors Team

 

 

 

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The rate of construction of high-rise buildings is higher than ever.

But with increasing concerns about environmental sustainability and green initiatives, how can you make your building more sustainable? 

There are many possible sustainable initiatives that you can take which improve your building’s carbon footprint and can reduce operating costs, but these are just a few examples.

Improving Energy Efficiency


There are multiple areas of your building where you can improve your energy efficiency.

Heating & Cooling

Heating & cooling loss can be high, especially in older buildings or in buildings located in colder climates such as in Canada. 

 

Make sure to check your insulation, and in new buildings, keep them as airtight as possible and opt for high-performance insulation. In older buildings, consider investing in replacement windows and doors to reduce air leaks. If you are replacing your windows, there are double-glazed windows available that have ventilation between the panes to reduce heat consumption.

Equipment & Lighting

When making an initial purchase or replacing equipment, opt for high-performance, energy-efficient systems such as those certified by Energy Star. 

 

Work to replace your lights with LED lights, which not only are 75% more energy-efficient than incandescent, but also have a much longer lifespan.

Invest in Alternative Energy

High-rise buildings are perfect candidates to consider alternative energy sources. Examples of these include:

-solar panels on the roof 

-thermal energy planned during design

-wind turbines on the roof

For new construction buildings in Canada, Energy Star is offering a new construction pilot program to help builders adopt energy efficient practices.

Implement Building Management Systems

Improving your sustainability in existing builds starts with monitoring your systems to determine where improvements can be made. 

 

By integrating SMART technologies with building architecture, you can create new experiences and opportunities for collaboration. SMART sensors can feed data to the integrated Building Management Systems to allow the building to adapt and optimize for improved energy efficiency. 

 

One example of an integrated sustainable building management system is a water management system. By implementing a flood detection system, you improve your sustainability by reducing water waste from leaks and floods. You can also utilize water management to implement submetering to encourage tenants to monitor and regulate their water consumption. 

Consider Certification

 

Once you have begun utilizing sustainable efforts in your building, you can look into a sustainable certification. One example in Canada is LEED through the Canada Green Building Council. 

In conclusion, there are many ways to make new builds sustainable or improve the sustainability of existing buildings. Not only do these sustainable efforts help the planet, but they can help lower the operating costs of your building. If you are looking to implement a water management system in your building, contact us today.
 
Sincerely,
 
The Connected Sensors Team
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