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  • Does Canada have what it takes to become a global water leader?
    market for water solutions The Federation of Canadian Municipalities estimates it will cost approximately 80 billion to replace drinking water wastewater and storm water infrastructure reported to be in fair or very poor condition in Canada The paper frames a national conversation around the opportunities and benefits of Canada s potential to become a global leader in water innovation and sustainability Author David Crane notes there are good reasons to believe Canada can become a successful water solutions provider If we combine our research strengths our experience with water challenges our best water management systems our skilled workers and our Canadian water companies that deliver water related goods and services Canada s water potential is truly promising he said The paper highlights the global water context outlines some of Canada s water strengths as well as gaps and ends with identifying potential next steps This is the second in a series of Blue Economy Initiative publications The first report Running Through Our Fingers 3 prepared by Steven Renzetti Diane Dupont and Chris Wood looked at Canada s inability to adequately measure and account for the value of water to Canada s economy BEI will be exploring two additional opportunities areas in 2013 focusing first on the value of water in agriculture and food production then highlighting a vision for a sustainable water infrastructure city of the near future Click to download a copy of the paper Canada as the Water Solutions Country Defining the Opportunities 1 About the Blue Economy Initiative The Blue Economy Initiative is a national project founded by the Canadian Water Network 4 the Royal Bank of Canada 5 and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation 6 It seeks to inspire dialogue among Canadian decision makers and key influencers around the opportunities and benefits of preserving water

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  • Blue Economy Initiative | HEALTHY WATERS, A PROSPEROUS FUTURE
    America Monterrey Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Montevideo Thursday October 9 2014 02 51 0200 America Montreal Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Montserrat Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Nassau Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America New York Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Nipigon Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Nome Wednesday October 8 2014 20 51 0800 America Noronha Thursday October 9 2014 02 51 0200 America North Dakota Beulah Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America North Dakota Center Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America North Dakota New Salem Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Ojinaga Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Panama Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Pangnirtung Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Paramaribo Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Phoenix Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Port of Spain Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Port au Prince Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Porto Velho Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Puerto Rico Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Rainy River Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Rankin Inlet Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Recife Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Regina Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Resolute Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Rio Branco Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Santa Isabel Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Santarem Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Santiago Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Santo Domingo Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Sao Paulo Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Scoresbysund Thursday October 9 2014 04 51 0000 America Shiprock Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Sitka Wednesday October 8 2014 20 51 0800 America St Barthelemy Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Johns Thursday October 9 2014 02 21 0230 America St Kitts Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Lucia Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Thomas Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Vincent Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Swift Current Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Tegucigalpa Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Thule Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Thunder Bay Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Tijuana Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Toronto Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Tortola Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Vancouver Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Whitehorse Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Winnipeg Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Yakutat Wednesday October 8 2014 20 51 0800 America Yellowknife Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 Antarctica Casey Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Antarctica Davis Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Antarctica DumontDUrville Thursday October 9 2014 14 51 1000 Antarctica Macquarie Thursday October 9 2014 15 51 1100 Antarctica Mawson Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Antarctica McMurdo Thursday October 9 2014 17 51 1300 Antarctica Palmer Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 Antarctica Rothera Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 Antarctica South Pole Thursday October 9 2014 17 51 1300 Antarctica Syowa Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Antarctica Vostok Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Arctic Longyearbyen Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Aden Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Almaty Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Asia Amman Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Anadyr Thursday October 9 2014 16 51 1200 Asia Aqtau Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Aqtobe Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Ashgabat Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Baghdad Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Bahrain Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Baku Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Bangkok Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Beirut Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Bishkek Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Asia Brunei Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Choibalsan Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Chongqing Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Colombo Thursday October 9 2014 10 21 0530 Asia Damascus Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Dhaka Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Asia Dili Thursday October 9 2014 13 51 0900 Asia Dubai Thursday October 9 2014 08 51 0400 Asia Dushanbe Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Gaza Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Harbin Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Hebron Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Ho Chi Minh Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Hong Kong Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Hovd Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Irkutsk Thursday October 9 2014 13 51 0900 Asia Jakarta Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Jayapura Thursday October 9 2014 13 51 0900 Asia Jerusalem Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Kabul Thursday October 9 2014 09 21 0430 Asia Kamchatka Thursday October 9 2014 16 51 1200 Asia Karachi Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Kashgar Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kathmandu Thursday October 9 2014 10 36 0545 Asia Khandyga Thursday October 9 2014 14 51 1000 Asia Kolkata Thursday October 9 2014 10 21 0530 Asia Krasnoyarsk Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kuala Lumpur Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kuching Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kuwait Thursday October

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  • Wastewater Win-Win
    resources While both parties agree that the partnership makes great business sense at the time the project was an anomaly in Canada Now it s no wonder others are hoping to strike gold too In June 2012 the City of Regina approved a recommendation for a 45 year deal to supply Western Potash Corp with 40 per cent of the City s treated wastewater The arrangement to supply treated wastewater for use in mine processing would be a first for the City and it is one that Stella Matheson director of water and sewer services calls a win win for everybody Matheson says the 228 million deal is in line with City s mandate to find innovative and sustainable ways to increase revenues streamline efficiencies and narrow the infrastructure gap As part of the arrangement the City would provide Western Potash Corp with access to up to 60 000 cubic metres of recycled water per day for the first six years of mine operation and up to 42 240 cubic metres per day for the remaining 39 years of the contract Small communities don t often have the economic means to build large infrastructure projects so this sort of innovative partnership makes a great deal of sense for places like the City of Dawson Creek British Columbia In recent years the combination of drought residential and commercial needs and demand from nearby natural gas and oil producing fields has placed significant strain on the City s supply of potable water Instead of trying to limit the oil and gas industry s use of expensively treated water in its operations the City elected to treat and trade its own effluent The solution made sense to Shell Canada Energy which also felt the pressure of dwindling water supplies In exchange for 3 400 of the 4 000 cubic metres m 3 of treated water the facility produces each day the company agreed to commit 9 75 million to a new 12 million facility that further treats the outflow from the City s primary lagoon system Dawson Creek covered the remaining 2 25 million a price which includes access to the remainder of the treated water a resource that can be used for watering parks and sports fields or sold to other industrial users for an estimated 500 000 a year This past September the partnership celebrated the opening of its new facility Shell pipes its share of the water to the Groundbirch gas field operations some 48 kilometres west of Dawson Creek There the company uses its own distribution systems to transport the water within its operations Where the reclaimed water fits into our operations we use it as a make up source explains Shawn Baxter a water project manager for Shell Canada Energy s Groundbirch venture team Our primary source is recycled water from our operations Baxter notes that another major benefit for Shell is reduced costs of road transportation and therefore fewer carbon emissions By using the city facility we

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  • Blue Economy Initiative | HEALTHY WATERS, A PROSPEROUS FUTURE
    America Monterrey Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Montevideo Thursday October 9 2014 02 51 0200 America Montreal Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Montserrat Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Nassau Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America New York Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Nipigon Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Nome Wednesday October 8 2014 20 51 0800 America Noronha Thursday October 9 2014 02 51 0200 America North Dakota Beulah Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America North Dakota Center Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America North Dakota New Salem Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Ojinaga Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Panama Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Pangnirtung Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Paramaribo Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Phoenix Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Port of Spain Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Port au Prince Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Porto Velho Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Puerto Rico Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Rainy River Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Rankin Inlet Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Recife Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Regina Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Resolute Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Rio Branco Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Santa Isabel Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Santarem Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Santiago Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Santo Domingo Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Sao Paulo Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Scoresbysund Thursday October 9 2014 04 51 0000 America Shiprock Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Sitka Wednesday October 8 2014 20 51 0800 America St Barthelemy Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Johns Thursday October 9 2014 02 21 0230 America St Kitts Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Lucia Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Thomas Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Vincent Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Swift Current Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Tegucigalpa Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Thule Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Thunder Bay Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Tijuana Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Toronto Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Tortola Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Vancouver Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Whitehorse Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Winnipeg Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Yakutat Wednesday October 8 2014 20 51 0800 America Yellowknife Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 Antarctica Casey Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Antarctica Davis Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Antarctica DumontDUrville Thursday October 9 2014 14 51 1000 Antarctica Macquarie Thursday October 9 2014 15 51 1100 Antarctica Mawson Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Antarctica McMurdo Thursday October 9 2014 17 51 1300 Antarctica Palmer Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 Antarctica Rothera Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 Antarctica South Pole Thursday October 9 2014 17 51 1300 Antarctica Syowa Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Antarctica Vostok Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Arctic Longyearbyen Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Aden Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Almaty Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Asia Amman Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Anadyr Thursday October 9 2014 16 51 1200 Asia Aqtau Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Aqtobe Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Ashgabat Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Baghdad Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Bahrain Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Baku Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Bangkok Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Beirut Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Bishkek Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Asia Brunei Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Choibalsan Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Chongqing Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Colombo Thursday October 9 2014 10 21 0530 Asia Damascus Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Dhaka Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Asia Dili Thursday October 9 2014 13 51 0900 Asia Dubai Thursday October 9 2014 08 51 0400 Asia Dushanbe Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Gaza Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Harbin Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Hebron Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Ho Chi Minh Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Hong Kong Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Hovd Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Irkutsk Thursday October 9 2014 13 51 0900 Asia Jakarta Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Jayapura Thursday October 9 2014 13 51 0900 Asia Jerusalem Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Kabul Thursday October 9 2014 09 21 0430 Asia Kamchatka Thursday October 9 2014 16 51 1200 Asia Karachi Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Kashgar Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kathmandu Thursday October 9 2014 10 36 0545 Asia Khandyga Thursday October 9 2014 14 51 1000 Asia Kolkata Thursday October 9 2014 10 21 0530 Asia Krasnoyarsk Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kuala Lumpur Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kuching Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kuwait Thursday October

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  • The Perfect Storm
    The Halifax based Ecology Action Centre EAC has been warning Atlantic Canada about the economic impacts of climate change for years The region s infrastructure is not prepared for this kind of weather says Jocelyne Rankin EAC s water coordinator The cost is not limited to capital infrastructure improvements she adds Poorly managed stormwater also affects watershed health and therefore the region s main industries tourism fisheries et cetera that rely on a healthy water ecosystem Low cost big impact Many Canadian municipalities have introduced serious measures to better manage extreme weather risk When an extreme rainfall event in Edmonton in 2004 flooded over 4 000 basements and resulted in 171 million in insurance claims the City developed a Dual Use Stormwater Management Facility Project watch the video 3 read more 4 In Toronto the City tackles polluting stormwater overflows and protects the city s natural waterways with a 1 billion 25 year Wet Weather Flow Master Plan While tax bases in larger cities allow for mammoth spends over time the capital expenses of replacing major systems can be overwhelming for municipalities with strained budgets Some cities have opted to incorporate a softer approach For instance Toronto combines traditional capital builds with a few simple fixes such as approving a bylaw 5 that makes it mandatory for property owners to disconnect their downspouts to help reduce the load on the wastewater system Encouraging these low cost residential stormwater projects could be a more manageable solution for smaller cities and towns Low impact development LID management simply working with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible isn t a new concept but as cities grow to better understand the impacts of more frequent wet weather events there is increased uptake Dean and Rankin s organizations are currently working with Halifax Water and the Halifax Regional Municipality HRM to construct a handful of showcase sites that will demonstrate affordable effective measures and technologies for managing stormwater on small properties A stormwater themed retrofit of an active Halifax fire hall is one such project Once completed the fire hall will boast several affordable LID solutions including rain barrels permeable pavers and a partially permeable parking lot These installations plus site tours and interpretation panels will help visitors visualize how they might work on their own properties Motivation to act Because the affordability and insurance arguments don t work for everyone property owners often need a more immediate reason to act Rankin says that Halifax Water is considering a stormwater fee due to the increasing cost of infrastructure maintenance The fee however may include a special incentive If property owners can demonstrate they ve done work to decrease the amount of impermeable surface on the property they may receive a credit That way they d be able to really see the cost savings she says Motivation to control costs extends to government too especially when severe events could signal large spends to help recover communities While the HRM works on

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  • Blue Economy Initiative | HEALTHY WATERS, A PROSPEROUS FUTURE
    America Monterrey Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Montevideo Thursday October 9 2014 02 51 0200 America Montreal Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Montserrat Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Nassau Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America New York Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Nipigon Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Nome Wednesday October 8 2014 20 51 0800 America Noronha Thursday October 9 2014 02 51 0200 America North Dakota Beulah Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America North Dakota Center Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America North Dakota New Salem Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Ojinaga Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Panama Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Pangnirtung Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Paramaribo Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Phoenix Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Port of Spain Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Port au Prince Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Porto Velho Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Puerto Rico Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Rainy River Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Rankin Inlet Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Recife Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Regina Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Resolute Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Rio Branco Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Santa Isabel Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Santarem Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Santiago Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Santo Domingo Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Sao Paulo Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Scoresbysund Thursday October 9 2014 04 51 0000 America Shiprock Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Sitka Wednesday October 8 2014 20 51 0800 America St Barthelemy Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Johns Thursday October 9 2014 02 21 0230 America St Kitts Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Lucia Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Thomas Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America St Vincent Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Swift Current Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Tegucigalpa Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 America Thule Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 America Thunder Bay Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Tijuana Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Toronto Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Tortola Thursday October 9 2014 00 51 0400 America Vancouver Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Whitehorse Wednesday October 8 2014 21 51 0700 America Winnipeg Wednesday October 8 2014 23 51 0500 America Yakutat Wednesday October 8 2014 20 51 0800 America Yellowknife Wednesday October 8 2014 22 51 0600 Antarctica Casey Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Antarctica Davis Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Antarctica DumontDUrville Thursday October 9 2014 14 51 1000 Antarctica Macquarie Thursday October 9 2014 15 51 1100 Antarctica Mawson Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Antarctica McMurdo Thursday October 9 2014 17 51 1300 Antarctica Palmer Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 Antarctica Rothera Thursday October 9 2014 01 51 0300 Antarctica South Pole Thursday October 9 2014 17 51 1300 Antarctica Syowa Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Antarctica Vostok Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Arctic Longyearbyen Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Aden Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Almaty Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Asia Amman Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Anadyr Thursday October 9 2014 16 51 1200 Asia Aqtau Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Aqtobe Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Ashgabat Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Baghdad Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Bahrain Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Baku Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Bangkok Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Beirut Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Bishkek Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Asia Brunei Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Choibalsan Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Chongqing Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Colombo Thursday October 9 2014 10 21 0530 Asia Damascus Thursday October 9 2014 07 51 0300 Asia Dhaka Thursday October 9 2014 10 51 0600 Asia Dili Thursday October 9 2014 13 51 0900 Asia Dubai Thursday October 9 2014 08 51 0400 Asia Dushanbe Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Gaza Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Harbin Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Hebron Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Ho Chi Minh Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Hong Kong Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Hovd Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Irkutsk Thursday October 9 2014 13 51 0900 Asia Jakarta Thursday October 9 2014 11 51 0700 Asia Jayapura Thursday October 9 2014 13 51 0900 Asia Jerusalem Thursday October 9 2014 06 51 0200 Asia Kabul Thursday October 9 2014 09 21 0430 Asia Kamchatka Thursday October 9 2014 16 51 1200 Asia Karachi Thursday October 9 2014 09 51 0500 Asia Kashgar Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kathmandu Thursday October 9 2014 10 36 0545 Asia Khandyga Thursday October 9 2014 14 51 1000 Asia Kolkata Thursday October 9 2014 10 21 0530 Asia Krasnoyarsk Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kuala Lumpur Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kuching Thursday October 9 2014 12 51 0800 Asia Kuwait Thursday October

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  • A sustainable water strategy is good for business | Blue Economy Initiative
    water 85 of all condensation in the manufacturing process is recycled for example but Murphy now intends to use the hidden costs of water especially heating to frame a much broader water strategy for the site It s about realising the true cost of water it s not just what you pay on your water bill she says Leading lettuce producer JE Piccaver has come at the issue of water use from a different angle The company s investment in greater water efficiency came about because the local natural water supply in south Lincolnshire was too saline to use on crops As a result it has to use mains water for irrigation rather than bore holes and this has helped to focus minds For a number of years we ve been taking care in managing water as frugally as possible because obviously the more we use the more expensive it becomes explains production director Phillip Hubbert Piccaver has developed more targeted methods to water crops and it uses moisture probes to take the guess work out of irrigation The company has also built its own reservoirs to store rainwater and by quantifying water use per hectare Piccaver knows exactly how much it needs to store in case of drought As is often the case when you do things for economic reasons it turns out to be the sustainable route as well adds Hubbert Now Hubbert wants to encourage better use of water across the rest of the business especially by educating staff We ve got offices warehouses packing centres all these places use water in one form or another We ve done the big bit fields scale but now I think we need to start to fine tune and do things closer to home Along with managing business use many water industry professionals believe that the UK needs to look at the whole infrastructure surrounding water particularly the way we deal with rain When rain falls at the moment there s an urgency to get it off the land into rivers and out to sea But as water becomes a scarcer commodity has the time come to rethink the whole process Some argue for a new generation of reservoirs to be built to store the rain but Peter Simpson managing director of Anglian Water believes that we must drive greater water efficiency and explore the full potential offered by artificially recharging underground reservoirs aquifers Simpson also believes there needs to be a step change in the language of water particularly the term waste water This treated water forms a crucial part of the whole water cycle and plays a vital role keeping our rivers flowing particularly so during the summer Alan Hayes a senior sustainability analyst at the Institute of Grocery Distribution IGD argues that before we start pricing up long term changes to water s infrastructure there are still more immediate practical things we can do The starting point needs to be more bite sized he says Everyone who

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  • The 3rd Annual Canadian Water Summit Report | Blue Economy Initiative
    E P Canada Ltd Two more oil companies will be signing on to this first time in history collaboration in the near future Dan Wicklum described why COSIA was formed in the first place Our vision is to enable responsible and sustainable growth of Canada s oilsands while delivering accelerated improvement in environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation The purpose of COSIA will avoid redundant solutions and it will allow them to share information They are however bound by some things regarding how fast they can move COSIA is spending millions on tailings ponds solutions This is not about green washing but rather being substantive Bottomline the CEOs at COSIA want progress quickly clarified Wicklum The view of the NEXUS is an overarching collaborative hub water land air tailings This initiative is about showing innovation we will be sharing innovation to advance environmental performance The most important thing is this we are leaving the old paradigm of competition behind We want to scour the planet for the best ideas to make the environment better explained Wicklum Here are the goals of COSIA CEOs will be accountable in their leadership There will be a line of sight that involves goals and reporting Leverage will be an overarching collaborative hub to share and drive environmental innovation although they still remain independent Linking best ideas may be discussed and implemented if promising Best ideas will be systemized implemented and accelerated to create the pace for environmental improvement Though COSIA involves technology and innovation not policy they are primarily an innovation company We want to maintain ourselves in the strategic innovation space There is no other model like this on the planet It is a permanent organization insisted Wicklum However he did admit To some extent we are creating it as we go along We are setting goals with the 4 areas of water land air and tailings ponds Each company has their own way to source water It s the concept of regional water Local governments can also be a part of the solution It s about outreach engagement and activity It s not just about participation but actually making progress It s more than just a handshake It s sitting down with stakeholders and creating solutions During the panel discussion Geoff Riggs from IBM agreed that local participation and action create better solutions We aim to alleviate friction through technology There are so many standards out there It s really frustrating Complex problems need complex solutions Industry will be obliged to report on risk Michael Glade recommended What is needed is transparency and a common method of reporting The mandate is to come up with disclosure because a report on efficiencies isn t good enough when the risk is that great The challenge is that you are not pushing down on the suppliers You want to see communities and what they value We look at several things including sustainability of watersheds During the breakout discussion many key points were made Riggs

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