Water and sanitation

This special issue consists of nine research pieces which seek to develop current understandings of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. This issue contributes to a wide host of interconnected SDGs, primarily SDG 2 (zero hunger),  SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals). 

Each year the RELX Environmental Challenge is awarded to projects that best demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water or sanitation. There is a $50,000 prize for the first place entry and a $25,000 prize for the second place entry. The winners also receive free access for one year to ScienceDirect, our Scientific, Technical & Medical business’ database of full text, scientific information, including almost 250,000 articles since 2000 in Environmental Sciences.

Solar water disinfection catalysed by metal-free photocatalyst has emerged as a promising approach for clean water production, directly contributing to SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation).

Ecological Modelling, Volume 391, Jan 2019, Pages 9-15.

This article explores SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production). The distinctive characteristics, self-efficiency or external dependency of energy demand’s water footprint in China’s two biggest and fastest developing megalopolises are explored.
This report seeks to provide an in-depth review of SDG 6 and includes data on the global baseline status, the current situation and trends at global and regional levels, and what more needs to be done to achieve this goal by 2030. The report is based on the latest data available for the 11 SDG 6 global indicators1 selected by Member States to track progress towards the eight global targets, plus complementary data and evidence from a wide range of sources.
This research contributes to SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 12 (responsible production and consumption). Using a multiple-scale socio–economic water cycling model, the impacts of water price reform, water reallocation schemes, and industrialization processes on water resources utilization are analysed in north-western China.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 97, Dec 2018, Pages 290-300.

This article debates the practicality and benefits of comprehensive food-energy-water nexus policy approaches. Improved understandings of the nexus holds broad potential to contribute to multiple interconnected SDGs including zero hunger, clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy.

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 34, October 2018, Pages 21-25.

This paper contributes to goal 6 by calling for academics to step in and provide more realistic objectives, criteria and indicators for measuring the performance of clean water, sanitation and wastewater services. This will help to focus efforts over the lifetime of the SDGs and prevent the failings of the MDGs from being repeated.
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POLLUTEC is a world leading exhibition of environmental equipment technologies and services, the first ever event to focus on environment as a professional sector and has been at the heart of environment innovation since 1978. Pollutec provides a critical platform for the environment and climate change, bringing together environment professionals and technologists from across the world in Lyon. Pollutec’s major fields are: Water; Waste Management and Recycling; Instrumentation, Metrology, Automation; Risks Management (industrial & environmental); Air Quality; Sites and Soils Management (and Recovery); Energy (and sub-sectors such as biogas, renewables and energy efficiency) which are directly related to SDGs: 6,7,9,11,12,13,14,15
This chapter addresses goals 6 and 9 by discussing the recent advances of carbon-based nanomaterials and nanocomposite membranes for effecctive treatment of emulsified oil/water mixtures.