The world’s increasing urbanisation is contributing to significant amounts of energy being used. The global cooling demand alone has doubled in less than 20 years. And water and energy go hand in hand. In general water pumps currently account for a huge amount of the world’s electricity consumption — but with more energy efficient pump solutions, this amount can be heavily reduced.
As we know, this growth in energy consumption is a major driver of climate change. In some places, climate change is leading to severe droughts, while in others the effects on our climate are projected to cause 30% heavier rainfalls, leading to extreme floods as well as wastewater and seawater intrusion polluting our groundwater and affecting the water quality. Flooding affects approximately 250 million people worldwide and causes USD 40 billion in losses on an annual basis.
There are plenty of intelligent water solutions available, but unfortunately they are not implemented with the same speed as we see technologies like wind and solar being implemented in the energy industry. Therefore in commercial buildings responsible water consumption and energy efficient solutions must be prioritised to help fight the climate changes we are facing.