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New White Paper closes the loop on the circular water economy

The HNWIS supported “Wet Networks” hosted a double-bill of circular economy themed events in November. 

The two sessions were based around a new Water and Circular Economy White Paper, which was authored by HNWIS Network Integrator, Siraj Tahir and developed in conjunction with CE100, the Ellen Macarthur Foundation and Antea Group.  It explores the relationship between the circular economy and sustainable water management (SWM), establishing a common language to enable effective communication between the two sectors. 

Firstly, an afternoon roundtable workshop was convened by the UK Water Partnership with a broad range of clients and stakeholders from across the industry.  Here, the White Paper was used as a basis to help develop a route map for the circular water economy, with specific reference to the three key circular economy principles:

  • Design out waste externalities
  • Keep resources in use
  • Regenerate natural capital

The group discussed the key barriers, enablers and challenges around circular economy initiatives.

The report then formed the keynote of the next Wet Networks event, presented to an audience of over 100 industry stakeholders.  This was supported by an ever-increasing number of partner organisations, including the Future Water Association and Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service (HNWIS).

A new development for the latest Wet Networks was using a system to capture audience questions interactively via Poll Everywhere.  Attendees – both in person and virtually – were given an event-specific link and able to pose questions during the presentation, which were then presented on screen and then used as the basis for discussion.  This proved to be a very well-used facility, with a number of questions being captured and discussed after each burst.

The technical presentations were made by companies including Cascade, Carbogenics and Bio-ID Labs.

The next Wet Networks event is in Bristol on 12 February.  Look out for news of the programme of Wet Networks events coming up in 2020.

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