Aug 23, 2010

Stockholm Seminar to Feature Six Industry Thought Leaders

Experts to focus on future global trends in sustainable water technologies

As part of the upcoming World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, six water/wastewater industry experts will present a seminar that explores future sustainable solutions to the world’s water problems.

The seminar, titled, “The Future of Global Water Technologies,” will focus on how creating successful, sustainable solutions depends on anticipating the most efficient and effective ways to overcome social, financial or environmental hurdles. In addition, the seminar will explore the role of energy management, reuse, desalination and advanced technologies for infrastructure and treatment improvements.

Sponsors of the seminar, to be held on the morning of Sept. 7, 2010, are Black & Veatch’s global water business, ITT Corp., Siemens Water Technologies and the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

James Clark, vice president for Black & Veatch’s global water business, will moderate the seminar. Presenters include:
&#149 Dr. Giulio Boccaletti, expert associate principal with McKinsey & Co.;
&#149 Paul Street, director of sustainable solutions for Black & Veatch’s global water business; and
&#149 John Williamson, president of ITT Water & Wastewater.

Boccaletti’s presentation will point out that the world is facing a significant water resource challenge, and business-as-usual practices will not close the “water gap.” A cost-effective, sustainable solution is possible, Boccaletti will explain, but such solutions require economy-wide actions. He will also discuss six key building blocks of a strategy to transform the water sector.

Knauf’s presentation will address the essential role of technology, equipment and service providers to produce and implement innovative process concepts and solutions that achieve total water management with highest resource efficiency and lowest environmental impact. Knauf will propose integrated solutions for water treatment, reclamation and reuse, based on six innovative platforms, in order to achieve this holistic approach.

Street’s presentation will emphasize that, because the water industry is so energy intensive, it needs to fully utilize the energy production potential from biosolids. For example, the energy grid can benefit from “smart grid” energy measures in the water industry, which will lead to significant greenhouse gas reductions.

Williamson will discuss how the greatest water-related innovations of the next century will result from integrating the many technological resources already at our disposal into smarter, better, more efficient products for customers. He will challenge utility leaders to work together with suppliers, customers and partners to create a marketplace, policy environment and consumer consensus that paves the way for this kind of development. To do that, however, demands the appropriate priority on efficiency, performance and improvement, Williamson will explain in his presentation.

Following the four presentations, the speakers will further explore issues raised by the speakers via a moderated panel discussion with audience interaction.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the World Water Week. Among the sponsors of Stockholm World Water Week are Black & Veatch, ITT, Siemens and WEF. ITT, Siemens and WEF are among the founders of the Stockholm Water Prize; and ITT is a global sponsor of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.