International Water Association

Water in the Circular Economy: Progress, Potential and Financing

Wednesday 30 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: FH Little Theatre

This event will demonstrate the clear business case for the water sector to transition to a circular economy. The potential for leveraging the necessary financing will also be explored. The workshop will focus on emerging economies and cover three ‘transitions’: Progress (early examples of water in the circular economy and the associated benefits), Potential (what could be achieved at scale) and Financing (how can we finance the potential).

In the first part of the workshop, the progress and potential will be showcased with success stories on wastewater (or rather ‘Used water’) in the circular economy. This will include utility experiences from Argentina and The Netherlands. Highlights from a recent Ellen MacArthur Foundation report on water in the circular economy will also be presented. Roundtable discussions and a brief introduction by the Dutch bank ING, leads to the second part of the workshop, which will focus on financing. This part will have special emphasis on private financing, learning from recent experiences both from the perspective of the financer and the beneficiary.

Speakers from: Ellen MacArthur Foundation, ING, World Waternet, FMO, International Water Association, Aquaminerals and international wastewater utilities


16:00 Welcome
Tom Williams, IWA

16:05 Keynote
Mats Linder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

16:12 Progress and Potential
Moderator: Pritha Hariram, IWA

  • Jose Luis Inglese, Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos S.A. (AySA)
  • Olaf van der Kolk, Aquaminerals
  • Mats Linder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

16:37 Keynote
Ambika Jindal, ING

16:43 Energizer & Brainstorming at roundtables

16:53 Financing
Moderator: Koen Overkamp, Netherlands Water Partnership

  • Ambika Jindal, ING
  • Steven van Rossum, World Waternet
  • Louis Strydom, FMO

17:28 Conclusion
Tom Williams, IWA

17:30 Close of session