Water in the circular economy: opportunities and challenges

Stockholm International Water Institute
CAF - Development Bank of Latin America; The Rockefeller Foundation and World Resources Institute

We can no longer afford to embrace a linear water paradigm where water is used once and then discharged and where the economic value of water and associated wastes are not considered. A transition from a linear to circular economy paradigm for water and wastewater is essential to address our current and projected water challenges. These complex water challenges, such as water scarcity, water quality, and aging centralized infrastructure with inadequate funding mechanisms have resulted in negative impacts to economic development and business growth along with  gender and income inequality.


The circular economy paradigm requires that the value of water and associated wastes are addressed which will, in turn, drive innovation in public policy, financing, business models and technology. This “one water” paradigm will proactively create value for both the private and public sectors in low, middle and high income economies and contribute to achieving the SDGs, in particular the targets for water (SDG 6.3) and sustainable production (SDG 12.5)

SESSION 2: “Innovative Solutions within the Circular Economy”



14:00 - 14:10    Recap of Session 1


14:10 - 14:25    Innovation & Exponential Technologies Keynote
                          Ms. Zenia Tata, XPRIZE Foundation (tbc)


11:25 - 11:45    Overview of Abstracts

  • GreenSpeed - Integrated wastewater treatment and biobased production
    Prof. Marianne Thomsen, Aarhus University
  • Technology Innovation in Implementing a Circular Economy Strategy
    Mr. Cody Friesen, Zero Mass Water
  • Operationalizing the urban Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Munich, Germany
    Dr. Daphne Gondhalekar, Technical University of Munich


14:45 - 15:15    World Café with Abstract Authors


15:15 - 15:30    World Café Report Out


15:30                Conclusion of Session 2

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