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EDITOR In the age of the internet, disruptive thinking is challenging most of our traditional business models. I’m sure you’ve all heard about uberTAXI and Airbnb, which have lately been challenging the traditional taxi and hotel industries. What this highlights is the need for any industry to continue to evolve and innovate, otherwise there is a risk of becoming less relevant or even irrelevant. Technology and science are evolving at a fast pace, and consumers are becoming more educated, via the internet, in their decision-making. Information on climate variability and environmental concerns is more available, therefore innovations to reduce waste and pollution and optimise energy and water productivity are becoming ever more important to consumers. Food waste is a massive issue globally, with most reports suggesting that over a third of all food produced is wasted. This level of waste not only hurts our hip pockets, it also impacts heavily on the environment and greenhouse gas emissions. Wasting food also means wasting resources that were used in the overproduction and distribution of that food. According to CSIRO data, throwing out a kilogram of beef wastes 50,000 L of water alone. Technology is available to convert this food waste into energy. Community campaigns are also being implemented to try to prevent the waste in the first place. What other disruptive thinking could help? In this, our water and solar feature, we take a look at innovations being implemented across the country. We talk to Wiley about the latest in optimising industrial wastewater treatment and Sydney Water talks about its latest sustainable energy projects. Carolyn Jackson sm@westwick-farrow.com.au

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