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The Danes are coming to IWA 2018 – armed with solutions to combat global water challenges

By State of Green, 10 Sep 2018

Next week, one of the world’s leading water conferences, IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition kicks off in Tokyo and a large Danish delegation led by Minister for Environment and Food, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, will participate. As the third largest delegation coming to Tokyo, more than 100 Danish water professionals are looking forward to exchange knowledge and be inspired by new solutions on how to solve the growing global water challenges.

Water is a scarce resource that is under increasing pressure. According to the UN, global water consumption will increase by 30 percent by 2030 due to population growth and increased wealth. This development calls for new investments in water supply, in wastewater treatment, stormwater drainage and, in some cases, in coastal protection because of rising seawater levels. Integrated approaches to incorporate water, as well as new blue and green structures in urban development, will become an increasingly valuable asset.

From 16 – 21 September 2018, the conference in Tokyo, will bring together over 5,000 of the world’s leading water professionals from science, research, technology, regulation and utilities to meet and discuss with policymakers, industry leaders, economist and cities. The big question is: How do we solve the growing water challenges we are facing around the globe?

Visit the Danish pavilion at IWA 2018
A number of Danish companies, organisations and utilities will showcase their technologies and know-how within water at the Danish pavilion during the conference. The Danish pavilion is organised by Danish Export Association, Confederation of Danish Industries, DANVA, IWA-Denmark and State of Green.

“By treating water as the valuable and vital resource that it is, Denmark has been able to reduce water consumption by almost 40 percent since 1980 and increase energy efficiency throughout the water cycle. Denmark is proud to be able to share its solutions and inspire nations, companies and citizens all over the world in the development towards a water-efficient society”, said Finn Mortensen, Executive Director at State of Green.

All visitors at IWA World Water Conference & Exhibition are encouraged to visit the Danish Pavilion at Tokyo Big Sight, Booth 80 where a number of activities and events will take place throughout the week, including three business seminars in Business Seminar Room 2:

  • New developments in energy efficiency and energy recovery

Water and wastewater systems use between 2 and 4 percent of the total energy in the world. Therefore, energy efficiency and recovery of energy in the water sector are high on the agenda in Denmark. The Danish Minister for Environment and Food will introduce the seminar and the Danish approach to energy savings and efficiency, followed by concrete examples from a major Danish wastewater treatment plant.

Please view the invitation here.

  • Non-revenue water and reduction of leakage

In many parts of the world, water resources are overexploited making it difficult to fulfil the drinking water demands. At the same time, the leakage of water in many utilities is high. New developments in leakage management and use of data will be presented.

Please view the invitation here.

  • Climate adaptation – turning necessity into benefits

Climate adaptation in terms of urban blue-green resilience is an optimal way to mitigate increased flooding problems in cities. While the key focus is on addressing global climate changes and securing vital urban infrastructure at a reasonable cost – the significant investments can improve the city livability at the same time. The session will showcase various climate adaptation examples.

Please view the invitation here.

Alongside the business seminars, a number of interesting presentations from both the Danish exhibiting companies and poster presentations from Danish researchers will be presented at the Danish pavilion. Take a look at the full programme for activities at the Danish Pavilion.

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