General Electric

21st Century Technology: Bridging the Gap to Wastewater Reuse

Monday 28 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL Pillar Hall
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Given global implications of water scarcity and increased water demand, we must offset freshwater consumption and protect water as a precious resource. Water reuse, converting wastewater into new water streams for businesses and communities alike, is the world’s greatest opportunity to help overcome water availability challenges.

Globally, on average, high-income countries treat 70% of generated wastewater. However, less than 4% of wastewater is reused. Existing technology can help achieve greater levels of reuse in all regions of the world.

This panel will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of water reuse and how technologies can drive effective, financially-successful reuse programs.

Moderator Introduction: Heiner Markhoff, President and CEO of GE Water & Process Technologies, and Jon Freedman, VP - Global Partnerships & Policy, GE Water & Process Technologies

Rounding out the discussion:

* William Sarni, Advisor Water Strategy and Technology Innovation:  Incorporating water reuse into corporate sustainability strategies
* Paul Reig, Senior Associate World Resource Institute and leads the Aqueduct Alliance: How environmental think tanks can promote water reuse
* Albert Cho, VP Strategy and Business Development, Xylem: Global technology perspective
* Scott Houston, Board of Directors of the West Basin (California) Municipal Water District: Case study

* Nelson A. Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer , Nestle Waters North America: Case Study

Programme

14:00 Welcome and introduction to topic

  • Heiner Markhoff, President and CEO, GE Water & Process Technologies
  • Jon Freedman,  VP - Global Partnerships & Policy, GE Water & Process Technologies

14:15 How environmental think tanks can promote water reuse

  • Paul Reig, Senior Associate World Resource Institute and leads the Aqueduct Alliance

14:25 Incorporating water reuse into corporate sustainability strategies

  • William Sarni, Advisor Water Strategy and Technology Innovation: 

14:35 Global technology perspective

  • Albert Cho, VP Strategy and Business Development, Xylem

14:45 Case study: Putting water sustainability into practice

  • Scott Houston, Board of Directors of the West Basin (California) Municipal Water District

14:55 Facing a Challenge: Overcoming the stigma of reused water

  • Nelson A. Switzer , Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestle Waters North America 

15:05 Moderated Panel Discussion

15:20 Q&A

15:30 Close of session