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From cities of sponge to the Dead Sea, we shine a light on some of the world’s most ambitious, innovative and awe inspiring water management projects.
China’s sponge cities
China has a major problem with urban flooding, so much so that in December 2013 President Xi Jiping announced a national plan to significantly upgrade the country’s urban drainage infrastructure, with the implementation of a series of ‘sponge cities’.
Initially 16 cities were selected as pilots for China’s “sponge cities” programme, and eventually it will be rolled out nationally. But what is a sponge city? Well, essentially it’s all about SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems), a relatively well known concept in Europe but one that is somewhat new to China, whose chaotic urban planning and vast population means that little thought has been given to water management solutions.
Achieving the Carbon Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) Gold Standard is a prestigious eco-accolade; one we’re pleased and proud to announce Asset International had just been awarded.
We’ve long been committed to managing and reducing emissions, and have received third party certification from CEMARS for the past six years. The steps we have taken to now achieve the Gold Standard accreditation include adhering to specific requirements for the design, development, and management of our greenhouse gas emissions.
CEMARS, which is aligned with the internationally recognised Greenhouse Gas Protocol, allows large organisations or large emitting industries to measure their greenhouse gas emissions, to put in place plans to reduce them, and have these steps independently certified.
Donald Trump’s planned infrastructure projects are said to run to $1 trillion as he plans to build, build, build to revive the country’s flagging road and rail network and revive the US economy. So should Britain be following his lead? And do we have the manpower and skills to embark on such a mission?
A few months ago US President Donald Trump vowed to push a $1 trillion infrastructure bill through Congress, in a drive that would make good on a key campaign pledge.
Speaking back in February he said: “To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital – creating millions of new jobs,” noting that his infrastructure campaign will be guided by his “Buy American and Hire American” principles.
… Well if you’re the UK Government it’s all about infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure.
In December 2016 the government published details of its £500 billion-plus infrastructure investment pipeline, which outlines the UKs major ‘shovel ready’ projects, including the Thames Tideway Tunnel, HS2, Crossrail, the rollout of smart meters, a multitude of flood defences and hundreds of other schemes.
The money comes from a mix of private and public investment, with more than 40% being delivered by the government.
It may go against popular opinion, but as a manufacturer supplying the UK house building sector, it’s my view that the UK housing industry is booming. And even Brexit has failed to make a dent in the confidence of a newly buoyant sector.
That’s right the UK housing industry doesn’t care about Brexit. In fact, it’s laughing in its face. And despite all the harbingers of doom, our order book has been defiantly filling up.
The UK is certainly a wet little island. Each winter the headlines across the country are dominated by flooding event after flooding event, as villages and towns fall prey to flood waters, rivers burst their banks, and flood defences across the country fall short.
Recent years have seen several major flooding events across the UK, leaving billions of pounds worth of damage in their wake. The winter of 2013/2014 was a season of particularly unfavourable weather with Cornwall and Somerset affected by rainfall. In Cornwall, several communities were left under several feet of water and buildings were damaged beyond repair. In addition to this the only rail line linking Cornwall to the rest of the UK was severed. The Somerset Levels faced similar damage, with over 17,000 acres of land submerged for several months. For weeks the news agenda was dominated by tales of destruction.
Though it may seem a distant memory for many of us, it was just three years ago that large parts of the UK, including vast sections of the Somerset Levels, were devastated by flood waters, destroying infrastructure, damaging homes, and even claiming lives.
More recently, government advisors on climate change have said that homes should continue to be built on flood plains across the UK despite the increasing risks, and while it’s obvious to everyone that many more preventative measures need to be implemented in order to help combat this annually reoccurring issue, as with most things in life, it’s not cut and dry.
A key problem in the development of a sustainable anti-flooding solution for the UK is the extensive use of flood plain land for building new homes; between 2001 and 2011, 200,000 new homes were built on floodplain land.
This week the housing crisis is hitting the headlines yet again, with reports finding that the government is falling short on its promises to deliver enough affordable housing in England and Ministers now accepting that England needs 250,000 new homes every year.
For decades, housing has remained a key issue over which opposing parties continue to scrap it out, each trying to out-do the next. Of course they all promise the earth, offering to solve the UK’s housing shortage with assurances of ‘affordable housing’ and inflated numbers of how many houses they expect to build, but in reality how many of these much needed new homes will ever get off the ground?
The fourth industrial revolution is almost here, but is a world still largely shaped by the Victorian era ready for it? Simon Thomas, head of Welsh manufacturing firm Asset International, explores this brave new industrial frontier.
In the last 150 years the UK has lived through three industrial revolutions. Of course, the first industrial revolution, which started around 1760, revolutionised a way of life that had remained largely unchanged since medieval times. The second industrial revolution ran from the mid 19th Century to the start of World War I and involved the widespread introduction of steel to the UK, early electrification of factories and the introduction of mass production and the production line. The third revolution, or the digital revolution, took place towards the latter half of the twentieth century, and saw industry make the switch from mechanical and analogue electronic technology, to digital electronics.