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

Water in the circular economy: opportunities and challenges

Sunday 27 August | 14.00-15.30 |<span class="modelPlaceRoom"><strong>Room:</strong>FH 202</span>
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We can no longer afford to embrace a linear water paradigm where water is used once and then discharged. A transition from a linear to a circular economy paradigm for water and wastewater is essential to address our current and projected water challenge. 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 in low, middle, and high-income economies.

This seminar will address several critical questions to be addressed by researchers and stakeholders as we collectively transition to a circular water economy. These include how to:

  1. Overcome current challenges and take advantage of opportunities
  2. Leverage and accelerate cutting-edge innovations
  3. Apply collective action frameworks to mobilize stakeholders and achieve a bold vision  


Innovative solutions within the circular economy

14:00 Recap of Session 1

14:10 Innovation Exponential Technologies Keynote
Mark Fletcher, ARUP

14:25 Panel Discussion on the Path Forward
Chair of the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management
Moderator: Will Sarni
GreenSpeed - Integrated wastewater treatment and biobased production

  • Marianne Thomsen, Aarhus University

Technology Innovation in Implementing a Circular Economy Strategy

  • Cody Friesen, Zero Mass Water

Trends in Circular Economy Technology Innovation

  • Jon Freedman, GE Water

Supporting Technology Drivers for Growth in the Circular Economy

  • Jon Grant, WaterTAP

15:15 Q&A
Moderator: Will Sarni

15:30 Close of session