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Staying in the loop: How can circular economy principles be applied to the water industry?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Oliver Heidrich, Dr Majed Khadem, Brett Cherry


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hile the term ‘circular economy’ has become widespread in trade and industry, it doesn’t usually focus on our most valuable resource: water. According to the latest estimate, global demand for water will exceed our supplies by 40% in a decade if we take the ‘business as usual’ route. A circular approach could help us to realise the true value of water resources and avoid the linear ‘take-make-dispose’ mindset that is plaguing the global water sector. Newcastle University hosted a Global Water Security Symposium in early 2020 to discuss water and the circular economy, attended by industry (P&G, ARUP and HR Wallingford), academia (Leiden University and Newcastle University) and some 50 audience members. This article takes its inspiration from the discussions and views expressed by the panel and audience.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Heidrich O, Khadem M, Cherry B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published


Year: 2020

Print publication date: 01/06/2020

Online publication date: 01/06/2020

Acceptance date: 15/04/2020

ISSN (print): 1472-7625

Publisher: IEMA