Water and sanitation provision in a low carbon society: The need for a systems approach

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Title: Water and sanitation provision in a low carbon society: The need for a systems approach
Authors: Voulvoulis, N
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: In the face of climate change threatening to cause major alterations to hydrological cycles and taking into account the relationship between water, energy use, and food production, water management challenges today prove more complex than ever to address. This paper, recognising the progress made through science and engineering in the last century, reflects on the need to manage water resources more sustainably. It proposes that a change in mindsets is required in order to reconsider our approach in applying established solutions and utilising current technologies and tools to deliver them, with a renewed focus on re-assessing what the real problems are from a systems perspective. Focusing on the water-energy-food nexus, water reuse using desalination processes as a management option is revisited. Findings demonstrate that interdisciplinary, integrated and holistic solutions have the potential to deliver benefits across different sectors, disciplines, and systems, with a real potential for taking us a bit closer to sustainability.
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2012
Date of Acceptance: 11-Nov-2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/70342
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3665797
ISSN: 1941-7012
Publisher: AIP Publishing
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Volume: 4
Issue: 4
Copyright Statement: © 2012 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in J. Renewable Sustainable Energy 4, 041403 (2012); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3665797 and may be found at https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3665797.
Keywords: Science & Technology
Green & Sustainable Science & Technology
Energy & Fuels
Science & Technology - Other Topics
Article Number: 041403
Online Publication Date: 2012-07-16
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy

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