CEWAS / Eawag / International Fund for Agricultural Development / International Water Management Institute / Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation / World Health Organization

Book Launch: Business Models for Resource Recovery and Reuse

Thursday 30 August | 17.00-17.45 | Room: NL 253

With rapid increases in urban population and consumption per capita threaten to stretch the planet’s capacity to sustain growth beyond its limits; a paradigm shift from waste ‘treatment for disposal’ to ‘treatment for reuse’ is imperative. This publication shows how nutrients, energy and water can be recovered from waste to avoid unregulated disposal, while capturing the economic value associated with reuse to ensure a sustainable sanitation chain and healthy urban ecosystem. It provides a compendium of business options for energy, nutrients and water recovery via 24 innovative business models based on an in-depth analysis of over 70 empirical cases, of which 47 real examples from around the world are described and evaluated in a systematic way. The success of RRR business models are noted to rely on the presence of an enabling environment, such as laws and regulations, strong capital markets, consumer advocacy, to name a few. These findings underline the critical role of governments in making the Circular Economy a reality.

The launch of this publication at the Stockholm World Water Week will significantly increase the awareness for closed loop processes for urban resilience and sustainable urban ecosystems in different geographical contexts.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


1. Book Launch: Business Models for Resource Recovery and Reuse at NL 253 from 17.00 – 17.45pm  Introductory presentation and comments by IWMI, SDC, WHO and CEWAS .

    a. Setting the Scene by Dr. Miriam Otoo (IWMI) 

   b. Presentation by Mr. Ralph Bland (SDC)

   c. Presentation by Mr. Bruce Gordon (WHO)

   d. Presentation by Ms. Aline Bussman (CEWAS)

   e. Presentation and Launch by Dr. Claudia Sadoff (DG, IWMI)

 2. Cocktail and Networking event at IWMI booth (Stand 45) from 17.45 – 18.30pm.