Report from WaterRF focuses on reducing energy consumption and improving sustainability

April 10, 2013

DENVER — This project evaluates, compares and contrasts process models, impact assessment methods and performance indicators used by water utilities.

DENVER — As part of its ongoing focus to help water utilities reduce energy consumption and improve sustainability, the Water Research Foundation (WaterRF) has published its latest report, titled: “Toolbox for Water Utility Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Management” (Project #4224), according to a press release.

This project evaluates, compares and contrasts process models, impact assessment methods and performance indicators used by water utilities in North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia to evaluate their energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, stated the release.  

The project also identifies how these tools can be used to support management decisions at water utilities.

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The report discusses implications of different methodologies, investigates opportunities to establish a harmonized assessment method and provides related recommendations.

Research partners include the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Global Water Research Coalition, noted the release.

In explaining the value of this latest report, Robert Renner, WaterRF’s executive director, said, “Energy management and GHG accounting tools are proliferating. However, because they are typically developed in response to differing location and sector-specific needs, no universally accepted methodologies that support the unique needs of the water sector currently exist. It was critical to assess the applicability of existing tools and develop an energy and GHG toolbox that the water industry can utilize effectively on a global scale.”

Read the entire press release here.

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