Water Without Carbon - 16 December 2021

Western Hemisphere Meeting: 16:00 - 17:15 GMT

How will the water sector reach net zero emissions? It used to be an academic question. It is not any more. This year’s COP 26 meeting has highlighted water’s role in the Race to Zero, setting a target for utilities serving 500 million people to commit to net zero emissions by the 2022 Cairo meeting. Many municipal, regional, and national political leaders are announcing aggressive timetables for emissions reductions which include their water operations.  

This responsibility for climate change mitigation places an additional burden for the water industry. On the other hand, it is a tremendous opportunity for utilities and their supply chain to reinvent the industry, reducing energy costs, embracing new technologies and financial models, re-engaging with customers and re-evaluating the value proposition  

The purpose of our Water Without Carbon pathfinder workshop is to bring together the industry’s key thinkers to identify the opportunity, and determine the strategies which might deliver it.  

Water Without Carbon will take place twice on Thursday 16th December at 7:00am GMT (Meeting 1) and at 16:00pm GMT (Meeting 2), accommodating all major timezones. Each online meeting will consist of a 75 minute workshop, with participants breaking out into small groups focusing on 4 areas, or workstreams:

  • Utility pathways: How are the leading utilities delivering net zero?
  • Mobilising the supply chain: How can contractors and suppliers make the difference?  
  • Project financing: What are the opportunities for climate change finance in water?
  • Technology needs: How can we address water’s tech needs in getting to net zero?

Key Participants

Utility Pathways:

  • Alexandra Serra, CEO, AdP
  • Felipe Sanchez, Race to Resilience Associate, Aguas Andinas (CL)
  • André Nascimento, Operational Development Manager, Igua Saneamento (BR)
  • Gordon Reid, General Manager Zero Emissions, Strategic Customer Service Planning, Scottish Water
  • Diep Nguyen-van Houtte, Senior Manager, Upstream Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources, IFC

Mobilising the Supply Chain:

  • Brendan Hannon, City Research Scientist, NYC DEP
  • Austin Alexander, VP of Sustainability, Xylem
  • Alain Dedieu, Water Segment President, Schneider Electric
  • Dominik Scherer, Sustainability Business Development, GF Piping Systems

Project Finance:

  • Midori Makino, World Bank
  • Dan Vardi, Principal Investment Officer, IFC
  • Tom Whitehouse, CEO, LEIF Capital
  • Martijn Snip, Executive Director Project Finance – Infrastructure and (Renewable) Energy, Rabobank
  • Hubert Jenny, Senior Infrastructure Specialist, Green Climate Fund
  • Naoll Mary, Global Upstream Lead for Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure, IFC

Technology Needs:

  • Graham Southall, Commercial Director, Northumbrian
  • Helge Daebel, Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures
  • Albert Cho, SVP, Chief Strategy and Digital Officer, Xylem
  • Piers Clark, Chairman, Isle Utilities

How to Register

Attendance at this meeting is highly limited. If you feel you would make a valuable contribution to one of the four workstream discussions, please register your interest below

Following the submission of your register your interest form, we will review your request, notifying you of your confirmed participation status in advance of the meeting.

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