Online Session // Leapfrogging or treading water? Utilities picking up the pace at the water-energy-food nexus
The Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance - a global network of public operators and their partners - led by UN-Habitat, is holding a free and open Congress event: the 4th Global WOPs Congress. Congress sessions will take stock of current water and sanitation operators’ issues, showcase good approaches, and offer recommendations for how operators can tackle challenges through peer-to-peer partnerships. This session will look at examples of the ‘circular economy’ paradigm being adopted by water and sanitation operators in different contexts.
October 21, 2021 | 1-3pm GMT+2
About the Event
This session will look at examples of the ‘circular economy’ paradigm being adopted by water and sanitation operators in different contexts. Worldwide water operators have been implementing wastewater reclamation. A host of technological options from “high” to “low” tech and centralized to decentralized technologies exists, but most are yet to be tested. Still, a host of technical, socio-cultural, economic, governance, financial instruments etc. need to be understood. As such, water reclamation with integrated resource recovery can be a key element in enhancing water, energy and food security. Further, visualizing revenue streams emerging from this process can form the basis for an innovative governance model geared towards more effective resource management and supporting resilience and transition to a circular economy. It will discuss how the imperative to reduce and reuse water and related energy and material resources is changing water and sanitation utilities’ modus operandi - their economic models, structure, governance and collaborations. The session will explore the challenges and opportunities for leaping forward.
Registration for the Congress sessions is available here.
Further information is accessible on the event website.
- Sustainable Development Goal 6 // Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation
- Publication // Circular economy approach to reduce water–energy–food nexus
- Publication // Developing a Sustainable and Circular Bio-Based Economy in EU: By Partnering Across Sectors, Upscaling and Using New Knowledge Faster, and For the Benefit of Climate, Environment & Biodiversity, and People & Business