Confronting global water challenges
The Stantec Institute for Applied Science, Technology & Policy explores the real-world impacts of a changing climate on the sustainability of water and the role of emerging technologies in water science and policy. The Institute engages scientists, engineers, and technology specialists across the globe to investigate questions at the forefront of transforming the water industry’s future.
We capitalize on opportunities that accelerate sustainability and resiliency within the changing global climate, specifically through addressing the intersection of food, water, and energy challenges and focusing on decarbonization and circular economic principles.
Our goal? A more sustainable, reliable, and affordable future—a future with improved water, energy, and infrastructure solutions.
Create a pipeline for adopting new water technologiesOften, being an early adopter of a new technology carries uncertainty—it may not achieve predicted performance levels. And early adopters may have to shoulder premiums on capital costs until enough installations exist to bring costs down. Successful, cost-effective adoption of technology requires innovative technical and regulatory approaches applied from the point of technology selection to full commissioning. Our approaches reduce risk for the adopter from the outset.
Improving the world’s water quality and accessNegative pressures caused by a changing climate are significantly impacting reliable water supplies for human consumption. Coupled with the world’s expanding population, a complex interrelation is growing between reliable and equitable access to quality water and the food needed to sustain our growth. Then, the energy demands of an expanding population compounds it all. The Stantec Institute is focused on this challenge, participating in a 4th Industrial Revolution—one where water sits at the core.
Thought leadership that transforms the water industryWater is the essence of life itself yet remains greatly undervalued. The water industry must abandon its unsustainable practice of extract, use, and dispose and move towards a practice of full reuse—a circular, closed loop economy. Getting there will require technical and policy experts collaborating to craft appropriate regulatory boundaries and influence decision-makers to leverage the positive benefits of sustainable reuse schemes. The Stantec Institute and our partners are transforming the value of water for all.
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