COP22: Water Management Exemplars for Business Success

MARRAKESH, Morocco

Delegates this morning at the Nordic Pavilion heard about exemplars in water management that lead to business success and resilience. A session was hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI, whose Executive Director Torgny Holmgren welcomed panelists and attendees.

In opening remarks Holmgren hailed 4th November’s confirmation of the COP21 Accord, admitting that many observers had antipated this process taking longer than the 12 momths since the Paris climate conference.

Holmgren also looked forward to tomorrow’s launch of a much anticipated “Blue Book” on Climate and Water by the government of Morrocco.

Panelist Morgan Gillespy of the Carbon Disclosure Project reflected on success stories coming out of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, (AGWA) which was established in 2010 to provide tools, partnerships, and technical assistance to improve effective decision making, action, governance, and analytical processes in water resources management, focusing on climate adaptation and climate change.

Karin Lexen of SIWI briefed attendees on the Sweden Textile Water Initiative.

Mark Fletcher, Global Water Business Leader of Arup, briefed the session on, among other Arup projects, the enhancement of a wastewater treatment plan, owned by Del Monte in the Philippines, with the addition of an anaerobic reactor. The new plant anaerobically treats pineapple processing waste to produce biogas which is captured and fed to new combined heat and power (CHP) engines to produce electricity. This allows Del Monte to stop using their existing coal fired power station; enhancing robustness of their plant during the frequent periods of power outage and reducing operating costs.

Fletcher also described Arup’s design of the Yarra Park Water Recycling Facility on behalf of the Melbourne Cricket Club, Australia which provides secure, long-term sustainable supply to the heritage listed Yarra Park, Punt Road Oval and the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in the aftermath of the country’s “millennium drought”.

Key project drivers dictated that the project should not subtract from the appearance of the grounds or impact on the use of the space for parking during events. These facts drove the decision to place the entire treatment plant underground.

The plant was designed to provide two distinct modes of operation, summer and winter, which allows lower volumes of recycled water to be produced during winter, as well as varying nutrient removal levels when irrigating.

SIWI, CDP, AGWA and Arup are all members of the #ClimateIsWater intitiative which has the goal of strengthening the position of water within the climate negotiations and the UNFCCC processes.

Speaking to OOSKAnews on November 4th, AGWA’s co-ordinator John Matthews remarked “#ClimateIsWater is marking its first year as a consolidated voice for the water community for the UNFCCC. I'm really proud that so many organizations have been able to share our concerns and hopes to ensure that we have the water in our economies and ecosystems to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The next two weeks will focus on how we can flow the aspirations of Paris into the realities of implementation”.

OOSKAnews will be providing full coverage from Marrakesh of water-related COP22 activities and developments in the next two weeks.

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