As we face a new decade, hampered by the maelstrom and uncertainty of COVID-19, and inspired by a renewed drive to create a more sustainable world and circular economy, will integrated water planning emerge as the most pressing issue facing the global water industry? In a recent webinar poll attended by almost 500 water leaders from every continent of the world, integrated planning emerged as the top issue facing us today.
Based on its emissions profile and flexibility, not to mention its cost, natural gas will remain a component of the fuel mix in the United States for the foreseeable future. Not only does it effectively complement solar and wind power, but as technology continues to improve, we see natural gas becoming even more efficient and as a result, is destined to become even cleaner in the future.
One of the noticeable effects of worldwide efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has been improved air quality, particularly in urban areas. Stay-at-home orders and a decrease in global travel have been cited as driving down emissions and pollution but attributing all these improvements to behavioral changes can be somewhat misleading.
In the early 1960s, life was pretty simple, continuing much the same as it had for decades. There were shiny new automobiles and new music, airplanes flew nonstop across the oceans, and new buildings became taller and more impressive. But few people had yet dreamed of space travel. Going to the moon was the stuff of popular science fiction, albeit a fascinating idea.
Increasingly dynamic and reaching monumental scale in size and complexity, data centers are using record levels of power. Resilient, sustainable alternatives for emergency backup power is one way data centers are working towards greener operations.
One alternative, natural gas, is gaining attention.
For those in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) business, the term “bunkering” has been a relatively recent addition to our vocabulary, but we’re hearing it a lot. In the past year, Black & Veatch has worked on three different projects, at different stages of development, to support new LNG bunkering infrastructure.
Mirroring the evolution of the Industrial Revolution, the journey of scientific exploration of climate change issues began in the early 19th century. A hundred years later, in the 1930s, Thomas Edison voiced concerns about climate change and highlighted the need for renewable energy. Another century later, the need for action to address global climate change is as pressing as ever.
Reflejando la evolución de la Revolución Industrial, el viaje de exploración científica de los temas del cambio climático comenzó a principios del siglo XIX. Cien años más tarde, en la década de 1930, Thomas Edison expresó su preocupación por el cambio climático y destacó la necesidad de la energía renovable. Otro siglo después, la necesidad de tomar medidas para hacer frente al cambio climático mundial es tan apremiante como siempre.
There is no doubt that advanced communication networks are changing how we interact with data, technology and one another. New levels of connectivity are giving us the ability to create, share and analyze information, creating layers of input and insight that deepen our experiences, making them richer, more tangible and more valuable than ever before. This has never been more apparent than during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is driving entire communities to move their lives online, from classes to doctor appointments to the 9-5 workday.
Today’s changing energy landscape is driving organizations to reexamine how they approach, use and manage electricity. With renewables playing a rising role in the power mix, we’re seeing sweeping changes in how electricity is produced, introducing new opportunities for stakeholders to embrace low- or zero-carbon energy systems.
Amid climate change and growing urbanization, Asia Pacific’s water networks are getting more complex and extensive. Increasing incidences of extreme weather that changes rainfall patterns, affecting rainfall availability and distribution, are one aspect of climate change that regional water leaders are addressing.
How will Southeast Asia’s* electric utility market evolve as it emerges from the fall out and impact of COVID-19 on the global economy? Already facing what was predicted as moderate GDP growth rates and a slowdown in the growth of demand for electricity, the region could also be coping with increased pressure to lower electricity rates and sustained pressure to broaden the energy mix, transitioning to cleaner forms of generation.
In mid-February 2020 Nick Ellins, then chief executive of Energy & Utility Skills, wrote that the UK utility sector “faces the tightest labour market and competition for talent on record in what is deemed a time of ‘economic full employment’ by HM Treasury.”
Transportation in the U.S. is rapidly becoming more sustainable, competitive and innovative. Encouraged by new advances in electric trucks, vans and buses, fleet and sustainability managers are turning away from the combustion engine, lured by the promise of zero emissions, cost savings on maintenance and fuel, and improved driver safety.
It’s an exciting time with digital transformation gaining pace, a renewed appetite for innovation, and the opening up of the sector to tech start-ups. Against this backdrop, is there a chance that customers of bigger water companies — with more to invest in innovation — enjoy better outcomes, better customer experience, than customers of smaller, less affluent water companies?
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