The Importance of Water in Sustainability-Driven Projects

09 Nov 2022
Increasing Sustainability in Manufacturing Sectors

Today’s energy and chemical producers are starting to implement evolving sustainable process technologies, such as Pyrolysis, Biomass Gasification, Sludge Processing and Plastic Recycling to accelerate decarbonization and the circular economy in their drive to carbon neutrality. While adapting operations and assets in order to remain resilient and contribute to a net zero carbon economy, the increasing cross industry competition for scarce renewable and bio feedstocks is exacerbating the problem.
Aside from competition of other consumers of feedstocks, the industry is also competing for water and its circularity. The new and modified processes using renewable and bio-based feedstocks lead to significant amounts of wastewater with quite different water qualities e.g. from drying or processing. That is why an integrated business model is requisite to compete in the new intersectoral arena. Today’s energy and chemical producers not only need to secure alternative feedstocks and explore partnering with others, such as municipal waste and wastewater companies, but also need to secure reliable access to water with maximum re-use of produced water.
In this presentation, a systematical approach will be introduced to assess the operational effectiveness by minimizing raw water intake, maximizing water re-use with minimum wastewater discharge and producing energy from waste and wastewater. 

Key topics to be discussed: 
    The paradigm shift required to balance between water demand and low-carbon energy transition.
    The impact of evolving technologies on utilities and wastewater treatment.
    Intersectoral arena: alternative partnering with waste and wastewater plants. 

Burcu Ekmekci, Global Water and Wastewater Lead - Fluor