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WeCo participated to the UN Climate Summit in Bonn (Germany) from 14th to 16th Nov 2017

WeCo was present at the last UN climate summit, also called COP23 in Bonn, Germany in November 2017.
Together with other players in the global economy, workshops took place around the theme of the environment and ecological solutions.

Cecile Dekeuwer was a speaker at the forum of the conference organized with the President and Director of the International Green Cross and spoke on the theme “Water in the circular economy: industrial solutions against overconsumption and waste”.

WeCo was therefore fully eligible to present its innovative solutions.

The water sector is possibly the largest untapped sector in contributing to the circular economy.

As a system, circular economy aims at resolving global, regional and local sustainability issues of which availability of clean fresh water is of great essence. In a water-smart circular economy, water is used in an efficient manner and its losses upon use are minimized.

The issues addressed were:

  • What industry-driven solutions to circular water consumption and waste are emerging in this space?
  • How can the circular water economy be accelerated and scaled-up?
  • What are the implications for traditional service models, and how do strategies and business models need to evolve?

Climate change is accelerating now – and we are there, here at the World Climate Summit, to propose tangible and effective solutions.

Today’s panel is about circular economy and water – a key areas for impact innovation, not as promoted yet as it could be.

Keynote was made by H.E. Essa Bin Hilal AL-Kuwari, President of the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation.

Access to water is key for life.

There is only one water circle who is simultaneously regulating the climate, providing humankind a unique resource absolutely necessary for life on a daily basis, and whilst access is either a factor of peace, or conflict.

Nicolas Imbert, from Green Cross, moderated this panel. Green Cross is the NGO created in 1993 by Mikhaïl Gorbatchev to beat climate change and ensure an unburden future to everybody, by address the effects of climate change via tangible projects acting on water / food / energy, and addressing specifically ocean seashores and islands / circular economy / cooperation and education. We are involved in many water coalitions such as #climateiswater, FWP, CoalMa, and founding board member of the French Institute for Circular Economy. Green Cross has also be in the team who proposed a Universal Declaration for Humankind Rights, conciliating 70+ years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, environment, future generations and human rights. This declaration has been recognized by the President of Comoros, 40+ local governments including Paris / Modène / Strasbourg, French regions, and Europe and Africa bar organisations.

Around the table, four honourable panelists of key importance for our topic “Water in the Circular Economy: Industry-Driven Solutions to Consumption and Waste”.

  • Stella Thomas, Founder and Managing Director of the Global Water Fund, a group based in Switzerland that helps navigate water strategies for the business and investment community. GWF serves as a platform for multi-stakeholders such as global governments and the United Nations to address the increasing global problem of natural resource management. The Global Water Fund addresses national water strategies and governance, and mobilizes financial tools and new technologies for investment and partnerships into national economies.

  • Jesper Daugaard, Senior Vice-President of Kamstrup Group, an innovation leader within the area of intelligent metering and IoT solutions. Today one third of ultrasonic smart water meters are delivered by Kamstrup. Jesper has a deep understanding of Kamstrup’s solutions, and the challenges facing the electricity, heat-cooling and water utility industries.

  • Cécile Dekeuwer, is a lawyer and advisor for SMEs and startups in Asia, former legal director of LG France and President of 4E, a consultancy firm with respect to renewable energies. She is now supporting legal and business development in Asia for WeCo. WeCo’s flush toilets are recycling wastewater, to produce simultaneously clean water – for example to watering surrounding areas – and fertilizer or fuel.

  • Paul Holthus is the CEO of the World Ocean Council. The WOC was launched in 2008 as a non for profit organization to advance industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainable development, science and stewardship. It is registered in the US and the UK, and the Board of Directors comprised of senior industry representatives from around the world. WOC is organising yearly a Sustainable Ocean Summit, whilst 5th edition will be focused on SDG 14, and will take place in Halifax, Canada from Nov 29 to Dec 1st.

This was a perfect occasion for WeCo to present to a large international and official audience its waterless non sewered toilets and the benefits made with its products and innovative technologies in terms of water saving to preserve the environment.