Renewable Energy and Water Management
Green construction can have a huge impact on our lives and the environment. According to various studies done by BHP and USGBC, green buildings save at least 30% in terms of energy, reduce carbon emission by 35%, reduce water use by 30-50% and save costs on waste of 50-90%.
Clean energy holds huge promise worldwide, which is why BHP’s dedication to providing global energy solutions that goes beyond conventional energy sources. Looking to a future that increasingly includes clean, renewable and sustainable energy, BHP’s Staff are leading the future. From solar energy, geothermal energy to water management and carbon capture and storage (CSS) with our proven eco-sensitive solutions and expertise.
Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. These include energy from water, wind, the sun, geothermal sources, and biomass sources such as energy crops. Renewable sources of energy vary widely in their cost-effectiveness; although water, wind, and other renewable may appear free, their cost comes in collecting, harnessing, and transporting the energy so that it can do useful work.
Renewable energy themselves are non-polluting, while the structures built to harness them can have positive or negative social, economic, and environmental impacts. For example, dams may affect fish migration but may also create wildlife habitat.
Water resource management is the activity of planning, developing, distributing and managing the optimum use of water resources. It is a sub-set of water cycle management. Ideally, water resource management planning has regard to all the competing demands for water and seeks to allocate water on an equitable basis to satisfy all uses and demands.
Generally speaking, water management is the activity of planning, developing, distributing and optimizing water resources via practices defined by water policies and regulations. This includes management of water treatment (drinking water, industrial water, sewage or wastewater), water resources, flood protection, irrigation and water tables
Water is one of the world’s most valuable resources. Since 1900s, the Earth’s population has doubled to over 7 billion people. During the same time, modernization, expanded manufacturing and higher living standards have boosted water use 600%. According to World Bank statistics, in over 80 countries the health of their people and economies are threatened by inadequate access to clean water for drinking and sanitation. In all, 2.4 billion of the world’s people do not reap the benefits of successful water management.
Humans need water for drinking, cleaning, cooking, and bathing. Water management includes delivery of water to residential customers, water sanitation, regulation of water usage in home gardens, and water conservation measures that are designed to help communities use less water. Water scarcity may not be an immediate issue in all areas of the world, but many communities accept that there are growing pressures on water supplies and thinking ahead about water security is advisable.