Towards water – smart circular economy building a case in organic farming
Being the most important shared resource across all supply chains, water remains the largest untapped waste. Current imbalance in water sector, together with often occurring scarcity, influences our economic, social and environmental goals. With current trends, global demand for water will exceed viable resources by 40% by 2030 . The European Commission suggest a high interest in maximising water reuse within Europe as an alternative source of water supply. Recognising that water scarcity and drought events will be more frequent in the future, utilising alternative freshwater supplies through targeted water reuse programmes can indeed be a viable option. Considering the benefits of this practice, reusing local water supplies should be an integral part of a circular economy since it increases water supply resilience against extreme events, offers opportunities to recover resources.
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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway