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  • with πŸŽ™οΈ Eirik Fadnes - CEO at Cambi Group

    πŸ’§ Cambi is on a mission to turn sludge into resources thanks to Thermal Hydrolysis Processes

    What we covered:

    πŸ’© How there's no "Waste" in "Wastewater" - always worth repeating!

    🏭 How Cambi's Thermal Hydrolysis (THP) enables up to 50% more biogas production and dividing the biosolids volume by two

    πŸ“ˆ How Thermal Hydrolysis is a 3-step process that resembles a giant pressure cooker

    πŸ’ͺ How THP ideally pretreat sludge to put conventional sludge lines on steroids

    πŸ›£οΈ How Thermal Hydrolysis is a staple in the road to net zero carbon

    πŸ™οΈ How Cambi's solutions are deployed in many of the biggest cities across the World and secure a 90% market share (outside of China)

    πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ How it took ten years to get Cambi's first contract in the US and what made it a brilliant win-win

    0️⃣ How more and more water and wastewater utilities take carbon and net zero pledges and how Cambi intends to support

    πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ How Beijing rolled out a landmark project that reduces the city's carbon emissions by 2.2 million tons per year

    πŸ” How Cambi intends to evolve its business model to increase the share of DBO projects in the company's turnover

    πŸš€ Cambi's technology average ROI, staying laser-focused, getting the World to hear about Cambi's THP, the road ahead and the company's north stars... and much more!

    πŸ”₯ … and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖π™₯π™žπ™™ π™›π™žπ™§π™š 𝙦π™ͺπ™šπ™¨π™©π™žπ™€π™£π™¨ πŸ”₯

    ➑️ Come say hi to Eirik on LinkedIn

    ➑️ Check out the full story (and an infographic) on Thermal Hydrolysis

  • Eirik is the CEO of the Cambi Group. Cambi is on a mission to turn sludge into resources; we'll explore how they do that in just a minute.

    If you're a regular listener of this podcast, you've for sure already heard that there's no "waste" in "wastewater."

    We've explained how the world's sewage might be the equivalent of 320 nuclear power reactors, and we've regularly touched on how that wastewater is probably one of the best sources of water we have at hand in the new realm of water scarcity.

    Now, in the dirty world of wastewater, there's an even dirtier side to be found on the sludge line. Imagine that's the waste's waste; how good or useful can it be?

    Well, first, that's also an amazing bioresource that you can turn into biogas but also biosolids that can be valorized. And that's where Cambi's magic happens: with their thermal hydrolysis process, they can increase the biogas production by up to 50% while halving the volume of those biosolids - which means twice fewer trucks to deal with it.

    I'll let Eirik explain to us in simple terms how - to quote him - his giant pressure cooker delivers that amazing result, and we'll get to discuss a bit deeper the business model and the strategy of a company that went through its IPO in 2021.

    Right before we start, let me remind you that if you like what you hear, you can help me up incredibly by sharing that content around you.

    Tell your friends, colleagues, or LinkedIn network what you found inspiring in what Eirik explains today, and if you don't like what you hear, please reach out to me, and tell me what I should be doing differently or better.

    Come on, do it, and I'll meet you on the other side!

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  • BlueTech Forum 2022's Theme was straightforward: Radical Collaboration for Regeneration.

    For two packed days, the Vancouver convention center hosted the hottest and most insightful discussions on the fate of our Water World. Keynote speakers, start-up founders, end-users, industry experts, investors, and civil society gathered under the flag of "Radical Collaboration"

    I was blessed with a spot next to the conference hall, which allowed me to welcome some industry legends on my microphone:

    πŸŽ™οΈ Menno Holterman (President & CEO @ Nijhuis Saur Industries)

    πŸŽ™οΈ Snehal Desai (EVP & Chief Growth and Sustainability Officer @ Evoqua Water Technologies)

    πŸŽ™οΈ Ralph Exton (Chief Marketing & Chief Digital Officer @ SUEZ - Water Technologies & Solutions)

    πŸŽ™οΈ Kimberly Kupiecki (Director & Global Leader Sustainability ESG, Advocacy, Communications @ DuPont)

    πŸŽ™οΈ Jon LIberzon (VP & Head of Business Development @ Tomorrow Water)

    πŸŽ™οΈ Kamakshi Sharma (Director of Marketing and Strategy @ Aquatech International)

    We discussed:

    πŸ–οΈ Radical Collaboration for Regeneration - What's in it for you? (00:51)

    πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ How does Radical Collaboration translate into a company's actions? (05:59)

    πŸ’° Is M&A a way to collaborate? (11:16)

    πŸ’¬ Tomorrow Water & Aquatech's Elevator Pitches (17:24)

    πŸ‘Ό Was collaboration the key to Evoqua's rebirth? (19:39)

    πŸš€ How does SUEZ interact with the water start-up ecosystem? (22:26)

    🌱 Walking the Sustainability Talk (23:41)

    πŸ’½ Leveraging synergies between datacenters and wastewater treatment plants (26:31)

    🎬 Reality check: where do we start from? (28:10)

    πŸŒ† How do we better integrate water infrastructure with urban design? (30:12)

    πŸ’ͺ How does success look like in the future? (34:04)

    🀝 How is it to be back to live interactions? (42:56)

    πŸ”₯ Rapid Fire Questions: πŸ”₯

    πŸ˜… Can you name one thing that you've learned the hard way? (46:27)

    ⌚ What is the very very very latest thing you've learned? (48:32)

    We mentioned:

    The History of US Filter

    The Veolia/SUEZ merger

    The Dynamics of Water Innovation

    The book "Flourish"

    The (slow) rise of Reuse

    Special thanks to Paul O'Callaghan, Aoife Kelleher, and Annyse Balkwill for the invite and support during this amazing Forum!

  • with πŸŽ™οΈ Andrew Benedek, Executive Chairman of Anaergia, founder of Zenon and CEO for 26 years, a former member of the IWA board, and the inaugural recipient of the Lee Kwan Yew Prize.

    πŸ’§ Anaergia aims to convert waste into useful resources, protect the environment, and sustain life for generations to come. Where some see waste, they see resources.

    What we covered:

    πŸ’° How Zenon created the $4Bn/year membrane bioreactor market from scratch

    πŸ’Έ How no investor would have dared to put a penny in Andrew's vision

    ⏰ How wastewater reuse would become mandatory and how only a few people had realized it in the early 1980s

    🌐 How you can't change the World with academic research and how that led Andrew to become a water entrepreneur

    🀷 How for almost two decades there were no positive signs for wastewater treatment membranes on the market

    🧰 How technology development wasn't a peacefully boring straight road either

    🌐 How with Zenon membranes now in the middle of the market a merger or an acquisition became inevitable

    🦸 How Andrew tempted an audacious move that - here again - would have been two decades ahead of times

    πŸ›‹οΈ How with several million in his pocket and a beautiful house on the US west coast, 63-year old Andrew Benedek still wasn't done with business

    🌊 How teaching and researching at the Scripps institute became an eye opener on the advancement rate of climate change

    πŸͺƒ How Andrew plunged back into the shark tank by turning a bankrupt german company on its head - leading it to its IPO

    πŸ’ͺ How over time, Andrew developed a 4-step recipe for changing the World

    🏭 The one single business book you need to read, being an idealist, dealing with market players that copy you, failing and learning from failure, using gatekeepers to enter the mass market, believing in yourself, building for the future, becoming more ambitious every day... and much more!

    πŸ”₯ ... and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖π™₯π™žπ™™ π™›π™žπ™§π™š 𝙦π™ͺπ™šπ™¨π™©π™žπ™€π™£π™¨ πŸ”₯

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  • πŸŽ™οΈ Andrew Benedek is the Executive Chairman of Anaergia after having founded and led Zenon for 26 years. He's a former member of the IWA board and the inaugural recipient of the Lee Kwan Yew Prize.

    There's a fine line between genius and madness. Between visionary and crazy. Between confidence and vanity.

    So when we look back at Andrew Benedek's path, I can say he is a genius that was confident enough in his vision to stay true to it for two decades long while everyone told him he was mad. I mean, you can try to ignore the noise and the voices around you.

    But I'm often told on that microphone that the market never lies! And in fact, for 16 years, Zenon had no competition - which by extension, may mean Zenon had no market.

    Now put yourself in the shoes of a younger Andrew, in the late eighties, promoting membranes in wastewater treatment when almost no-one even believed, that this technology could make a dent in drinking water applications. Would you pivot? Would you give up? Or would you double down?

    Of course, 40 years later, with MBR now a dominant wastewater treatment technology, it's hard to put the survivor bias aside. And we're probably all thankful to Andrew for not giving up.

    But can we rationalize why Zenon succeeded against all the odds?

    If you're familiar with Paul O'Callaghan's concept of Crisis-Driven innovation, things suddenly start to make more sense. Indeed, as Andrew will explain in a jiffy, water scarcity was a crisis in the making, and this already in the 80s. And while only a hand full of visionaries had realized it, and aligned themselves to water reuse becoming mandatory, the setup existed.

    Luck is not the decisive factor here. It's a skill, and you'll realize in a minute that this skill has not vanished and still fires up the now 78 Andrew Benedek.

    Wanna listen to the full episode? Just type "S5E12 - How to be Alone, Early, Crazy but Actually Right: The History of Zenon"

    You can also find here the full episode materials on the history of Zenon

  • with πŸŽ™οΈ Benjamin Sparrow - CEO and Co-Founder at Saltworks Technologies

    πŸ’§ Saltworks provides innovative products and solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination.

    What we covered:

    πŸ€” How we will need a lot more lithium to cover the World’s needs over the next decade – and how conventional sources might not be sufficient

    πŸ’° How a lot of money and investments flow to the battery production industry, and surprisingly much less to the lithium mining sector

    πŸ’ͺ How industrial wastewater could actually be an incredible source of lithium – and how to mine it

    πŸ¦Έβ€β™‚οΈ What DLE and CRC stand for – and why Direct Lithium Extraction and Concentrating, Refining, and Converting are a key to the future of Lithium-Ion batteries

    πŸš€ How Saltworks’ technology was first used by… NASA!

    ♻️ How Saltworks’ approach to Lithium Mining is an incredible example of circular economy done right

    πŸ› οΈ How Saltworks’ adventure started in a garage – and how they may well be back in it for a stealth project

    πŸ” How the company pivoted its original approach and what milestones they would have to reach before returning to it

    πŸ§‘β€πŸ”¬ How their technology can be summarized as a way to split columns in the periodic table of the elements

    πŸ“ˆ How much of a hot Wall Street’s prospect Direct Lithium Extraction is right now (and what to think about it)

    β›ͺ How the church of England may well be the most influential and surprising impact investor out there

    🀝 Striving out of the box, water and its compounds being on the industrial’s critical path, fostering the right team spirit, crossing the valley of death, caring and aiming for turbocharged solutions… and much more!

    πŸ”₯ … and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖π™₯π™žπ™™ π™›π™žπ™§π™š 𝙦π™ͺπ™šπ™¨π™©π™žπ™€π™£π™¨ πŸ”₯

    ➑️ Come say hi to Benjamin on LinkedIn

    ➑️ Check out the full story (and an infographic) on Lithium Mining

  • Benjamin Sparrow is CEO & Co-Founder of Saltworks Technologies

    Lithium Mining is expected to deliver the lithium-ion battery industry 500’000 metric tons a year. Sure, conventional lithium supply will grow by 300% over the next decade but that will still not be sufficient! Hence, it might be an opportunity to get creative and to look for lithium in… water. How? Let’s review.

  • The carbon impact of the water industry is an intricate topic.

    Over the past days, we've been reviewing different aspects of the race to Net Zero:

    S5E7 - Austin Alexander

    S5E8 - Stephane Bessadi

    S5E9 - Maria Manidaki

    S5E10 - Susan Moisio

    Today, I tried to summarize in a short format everything you'd like to know about the transformation of the water sector to cope with the new carbon pledges.

    This was a hot topic during this year's Global Water Summit - organized by Global Water Intelligence, where I had the pleasure and the honor to host a panel with the guests you'll hear today.

    The topic also came up in my discussions with:

    S5E4 - Victoria Edwards

    S3E13 - David Lloyd Owen

    You can test out the Asian Development Bank's STEEP tool here

    So, when do you want to take a pledge? Zero carbon by 2050? Zero emissions by 2025? Net Zero straight away? It's time to act!

    ➑️ Check my full series on net zero water

    ➑️ Check the video version of this episode

    ➑️ Come tell me what you thought of it on LinkedIn

  • with πŸŽ™οΈ Susan Moisio - Global Water Director at Jacobs, where she leads a team of 9,000 water professionals across all regions.

    πŸ’§ Jacobs pledges to push the limits of what's possible, continually challenging today to reinvent tomorrow.

    What we covered:

    πŸ’§ How Jacobs' 9'000 water professionals build for a "One Water" Team - and what it involves in the company's market approach

    🌎 How Susan swiftly grew into a market influencer - starting as early as one week into the job

    ⬛ How Jacobs chooses to tackle carbon topics, why, and how it rolls out in terms of timelines and goals

    🌱 How there's positive to find in the climate emergency, that can turn into a sustainable business opportunity

    ☁️ How water is integral to climate response topics and often features at the heart of it

    🀝 How water challenges have common traits from one place to the other, and how teaming up - for instance in associations and alliances - is a way to overcome them

    πŸ§‘β€πŸ« How the X-Factor to strive in this new environment is Leadership, and how to enforce best practices with that regard

    1️⃣ How wastewater may be the best place to start, yet not in isolation and rather in One Water approaches

    ⚑ How energy-positive organizations could be around the corner, and how some have already achieved that milestone

    🌳 How when it comes to nature-based solutions it's not about gray or green but rather good management practices

    0️⃣ Community involvement, climate change as a universal threat, Jacobs goals and roadmap, science-based objectives, being a gatekeeper, enabling innovation... and much more!

    πŸ”₯ ... and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖π™₯π™žπ™™ π™›π™žπ™§π™š 𝙦π™ͺπ™šπ™¨π™©π™žπ™€π™£π™¨ πŸ”₯

    ➑️ Check my full series on net zero water

    ➑️ Get the Full Story

    ➑️ Come say hi to Susan on LinkedIn

  • πŸŽ™οΈ Susan Moisio is the Global Water Director at Jacobs, where she leads a team of 9,000 water professionals across all regions. Susan names them a one water team, which you'll discover to be a key concept in today's discussion!

    Back in Season 3, I had a discussion on that microphone with the authors of the Sustainability Puzzle , Claudia Winkler and Alice Schmidt. And I couldn't help but think of one of the book's key advice when listening to Susan today: Zoom out before you zoom in.

    If you're a water professional, chances are that you define yourself as specialized in a section of the Water Cycle. You might be treating wastewater, managing a water network, preventing a sewer overflow, or producing your community's drinking water.

    Now, if you zoom out, you'll swiftly come to realize that you're dealing with the one water I shortly alluded to. But is that the end of the zoom out? Not really. There are many surroundings to the water cycle. Like the energy we consume or produce, the impact we have on adjacent industries, and our role in both mitigating and sometimes causing climate change.

    Solving the riddle needs to be bigger than water. Would you expect thought leaders like Jacobs to think outside of the water box? Probably. Did they? Of course - and Susan will take us through that landscape in just a minute.

    You'll swiftly get to understand why, Global Water Intelligence named her one of the 40 most influential people in the Water Industry. And you'll see that there are very interesting bridges between what she shared and what the other experts in this mini-series on water positive, zero Carbon explained to us.

    We'll have five feature interviews on that podcast, and I'll have the same five speakers on stage with me for the Global Water Summit in Madrid. If you want a complete overview, check my full series on net zero water , and of course if you don't want to miss any of these interviews, make sure to subscribe to the podcast. It's free, and it's even better if you share it with your friends or colleagues.

    I'll let you share it, and I'll meet you on the other side!

    Wanna listen to the full episode? Just type "S5E10 - Why is One Water the Best Way t manage our Vulnerable Water Cycle?"

    You can also find the full episode materials on the (don't) Waste Water website

  • with πŸŽ™οΈ Maria Manidaki - Net Zero Technical Lead and Principal Water Investment Planning Advisor at Mott MacDonald

    πŸ’§ Mott MacDonald is a global engineering, management, and development consultancy, that places social outcomes at the center of all it does.

    What we covered:

    🧭 How social outcomes are a north star to guide all carbon actions

    🌎 How the full concept of a good net-zero outgrew carbon neutrality and global warning for the better

    πŸƒ How the outcomes of COP 26 might still not be clear enough as to how to roll out the new carbon normal

    ❌ How leadership is the X-factor in succeeding or failing the net-zero transition

    🦢 How wastewater treatment direct emissions may soon represent 60% of water companies' footprint - and what to do to mitigate it

    πŸ’Έ How to adapt procurement strategies to enable carbon strategies

    πŸ§‘β€πŸ« How to educate this generation of professionals (and the next one)

    0️⃣ Net Zero as a new paradigm rather than a fancy, fresh thinking, collaboration platforms, new standards, and frameworks, zooming out before you zoom in, achieving 2030 objectives with 2050 in sight... and much more!

    πŸ”₯ ... and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖π™₯π™žπ™™ π™›π™žπ™§π™š 𝙦π™ͺπ™šπ™¨π™©π™žπ™€π™£π™¨ πŸ”₯

    ➑️ Check my full series on net zero water

    ➑️ Get the Full Story

    ➑️ Come say hi to Maria on LinkedIn

  • πŸŽ™οΈ Maria Manidaki is Net Zero Technical Lead and Principal Water Investment Planning Advisor at Mott MacDonald. Mott MacDonald is a global engineering, management, and development consultancy, that places social outcomes at the center of all it does.

    You know the saying: smoke is a good proxy to determine if there's a fire. Well, it turns out that the same applies to greenhouse gases. Studies demonstrated how carbon emissions are, in fact, a good proxy for resource efficiency.

    So, if you want to optimize your resources and build a sustainable approach, you'd better monitor, control, and limit your greenhouse gas emissions.

    Long story short: down the line, Water UK just equipped itself with a 2030 routemap that aims for net zero in the Water Sector. It's not alone in this endeavor, as 81 utilities in the World and at the time I'm recording this in may 2022 have taken that pledge, but I'd say it's the most structured approach I've seen so far.

    Maria will guide us through all of that in a minute, and explain the role that Mott MacDonald plays in Water UK's routemap, in further working groups such as PAS 2080 and beyond, and if you're like me, you'll also get to discover a new notion: the concept of a GOOD net zero.

    We'll have five feature interviews on that podcast, and I'll have the same five speakers on stage with me for the Global Water Summit in Madrid. If you want a complete overview, check my full series on net zero water , and of course if you don't want to miss any of these interviews, make sure to subscribe to the podcast. It's free, and it's even better if you share it with your friends or colleagues.

    I'll let you share it, and I'll meet you on the other side!

    Wanna listen to the full episode? Just type "S5E9 - How Water UK intends to Reach a Good Net Zero, Two Decades Early!"

    You can also find the full episode materials on the (don't) Waste Water website

  • with πŸŽ™οΈ Stephane Bessadi - Senior Procurement Specialist for the Asian Development Bank

    πŸ’§ The Asian Development Bank (ADB) commits to a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and Pacific Region.

    What we covered:

    🌎 How to build more efficient, inclusive, and climate friendly water and wastewater projects

    ⚑ How water challenges often come hand in hand with energy struggles - and how to kill two birds with one stone

    πŸ’» How STEEP was built from pilot studies and field data, enriched with operational feedback

    πŸ€– How digital solutions and new technologies support the transition towards higher energy efficiency

    πŸ’§ How the population's welfare is highly interlinked with water quality - especially in developing countries

    πŸ’° Getting value for money, assessing technologies, supporting innovation, partnering with private sector companies, acting with pedagogy... and much more!

    πŸ”₯ ... and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖π™₯π™žπ™™ π™›π™žπ™§π™š 𝙦π™ͺπ™šπ™¨π™©π™žπ™€π™£π™¨ πŸ”₯

    ➑️ Check my full series on net zero water

    ➑️ Get the Full Story

    ➑️ Come say hi to Stephane on LinkedIn

  • πŸŽ™οΈ Stephane Bessadi is Senior Procurement Specialist for the Asian Development Bank. ADB - its short name you'll hear quite a lot in the next minutes - commits to a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and Pacific Region.

    Urbanization ticks at a high pace in the Asia Pacific region, with 65% of the population that's expected to live in cities. Water and Wastewater infrastructures will have to adapt, and this has consequences.

    Without even considering water, the region will soon represent 40% of the World's greenhouse gas emissions, a number that's still to increase if we factor in the future energy needs of the newly created water infrastructures.

    Hence, the Asian Development Bank is at the same time a big contributor to that transition, as it invests about one billion dollars every year in water supply and wastewater management projects and is a front row observer with a wealth of data to leverage.

    This is how, as Stephane will explain, they've developed a screening tool for the energy evaluation of projects that ensures that the best decisions are taken today to build a sustainable infrastructure for the decades to come. If you want to review the tool while listening to StΓ©phane's explanations, check the show notes - I've placed the link there to both the publication and the Excel tool .

    We'll have five feature interviews on that podcast, and I'll have the same five speakers on stage with me for the Global Water Summit in Madrid. If you want a complete overview, check my full series on net zero water , and of course if you don't want to miss any of these interviews, make sure to subscribe to the podcast. It's free, and it's even better if you share it with your friends or colleagues.

    I'll let you share it, and I'll meet you on the other side!

    Wanna listen to the full episode? Just type "S5E8 - How to ensure Energy and Carbon Resilient projects with a Simple Screening Tool"

    You can also find the full episode materials on the (don't) Waste Water website

  • with πŸŽ™οΈ Austin Alexander - Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact at Xylem

    πŸ’§ Xylem is a leading water technology company with the famous "solving water" motto - and a finalist for this year's Net Zero Carbon Award at the Global Water Summit

    What we covered:

    🌎 How climate change is the overarching concern for many further challenges

    🦢 How the supply chain's carbon footprint is a nice benchmark, but much less impactful than its handprint

    πŸ›— How carbon savings can come in various shapes and how the simplest is often the best

    ⚑ How energy savings are greenhouse gas impacts before cost reductions

    πŸ—οΈ How water infrastructure may benefit from more nuanced takes on its revamping

    0️⃣ Growing as a Xylem supplier, net zero as a hot topic, ratings being a tedious task, sustainability being embedded in water topics, water professionals being on a mission, sustainability being a long-ball game... and much more!

    πŸ”₯ ... and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖π™₯π™žπ™™ π™›π™žπ™§π™š 𝙦π™ͺπ™šπ™¨π™©π™žπ™€π™£π™¨ πŸ”₯

    ➑️ Check my full series on net zero water

    ➑️ Get the Full Story

    ➑️ Come say hi to Austin on LinkedIn

  • πŸŽ™οΈ Austin Alexander is Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact at Xylem, a leading water technology company with the famous "solving water" motto.

    What if solving water actually involved solving Carbon and leading the race to net zero? As Austin will explain in a minute, Xylem believes that if we don't tackle Carbon in the Water Sector, it will make all our other challenges much more complex and tricky.

    Great, but if solving Carbon wasn't complex and tricky itself, we would have done it for a while, right? Well, by COP 26 last year, Xylem published a white paper looking at ways to reduce our greenhouse gas impacts in the wastewater sector.

    And it turns out, as they demonstrate, that a 50% reduction could be easily achieved with today's technologies and, in 95% of the cases, at no additional or even negative cost!

    So what are we waiting? Actually, Xylem isn't waiting at all, and they're currently rolling out their 2025 strategy to reduce their CO2 handprint by over 2.8 million metric tons.

    What's a handprint? How do they achieve that? Where do they stand? What can we all steal and apply as a sector? How does it impact the entire value chain?

    Don't worry; Austin will answer all of that - and more - in a minute. If you're intrigued by the topic of Carbon in the water sector and want to join the race to zero, make sure to follow my various stops this week on that road.

    We'll have five feature interviews on that podcast, and I'll have the same five speakers on stage with me for the Global Water Summit in Madrid. If you want a complete overview, check my full series on net zero water , and of course if you don't want to miss any of these interviews, make sure to subscribe to the podcast. It's free, and it's even better if you share it with your friends or colleagues.

    I'll let you share it, and I'll meet you on the other side!

    Wanna listen to the full episode? Just type "S5E7 - How to cut Wastewater's Energy Related Carbon Emissions in Two at No Cost?"

    You can also find the full episode materials on the (don't) Waste Water website

  • with πŸŽ™οΈJon Freedman - Senior Vice President - Global Government Affairs at SUEZ WTS

    πŸ’§ SUEZ WTS provides industry-leading water technology and process expertise to solve the toughest water, wastewater, and process challenges

    What we covered:

    πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ How the US federal government just put out a National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP)

    πŸ‘‘ How among the 55 action items, Jon holds one that's especially interesting

    🧠 How there are four levers from a policy standpoint to promote greater water reuse (and what they are)

    πŸ¦Έβ€β™‚οΈ How a fifth approach might well trump them all, by incentivizing water reuse

    πŸ’ͺ How we might have to 5x water reuse in the coming decade

    🀝🏿 How private sector, multilateral organization, development agencies and governments will have to work hand in hand to develop water reuse

    πŸ’° How the US infrastructure bill will apply to the water sector, and what the $55 billion there will be allocated to

    ❇️ How the scattered nature of the water utility scene in the US can prevent rapid actions from being taken

    🍏 How decentralized water reuse might be a powerful solution, and how the 50L Home coalition promotes this direction

    🍏 How Los Angeles intends to reuse 100% of its wastewater by 2035 and what it deploys to meet that goal

    🌱 How piloting reuse solutions goes beyond a pure technological assessment

    🍎 How water tariffs and their absence when it comes to river and groundwater are crucial influencers for the adoption of reuse

    🦈 Teaching at the university and the Wharton School, Creating an β€œH2O Shark Tank,” Membrane Bioreactors as a fundamental technological brick, the water usage mix, PFAS treatment, having aspirational goals... and much more!

    πŸ”₯ ... and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖π™₯π™žπ™™ π™›π™žπ™§π™š 𝙦π™ͺπ™šπ™¨π™©π™žπ™€π™£π™¨ πŸ”₯

    ➑️ Get the Full Story

    ➑️ Come say hi to Jon on LinkedIn

  • πŸŽ™οΈ Jon Freedman is the Senior Vice President - Global Government Affairs at SUEZ WTS; he's teaching about the future of Water at the University of Pennsylvania. Starting next spring, he'll also be conducting a class on the business and governance of water at the Wharton School.

    What levers can you play on to promote greater water reuse? Well, you can act on the money side of the equation, for instance, by incentivizing the deployment of new technologies through grants and loans. But also by making the wrong behavior more expensive. You want to use your water only once and flush it away? No problem, as long as it becomes expensive - third parties, be it governments, utilities, or agencies, can then make that money work to deploy the technologies I just mentioned.

    You can also play with regulations. People don't want to reuse? Let's just make it mandatory. Forcing it isn't always the most elegant solution, but it's hard to argue that it doesn't work.

    Finally, on the total other ends of the spectrum, you can award good pupils with recognition for their right moves. And that is the task Jon has on his plate right now, as he'll explain in a minute with his project of crowning a US Water Reuse champion.

    In a world that's never black or white, Jon will guide us through all the shades of gray and all the ongoing and future projects that mix some of these four approaches.

    Don't worry; I'll avoid spoiling too much of the thorough review of water reuse policies and their rollout at various scales, and I'll let you dive into my conversation with Jon.

    Wanna listen to the full episode? Just type "S5E6 - Who will become the US's first Water Reuse Champion Ever?"

    You can also find the full episode materials on the (don't) Waste Water website

  • with πŸŽ™οΈ Annyse Balkwill - Founder of the LuminUS Group and Program Director for the upcoming BlueTech Forum

    πŸ’§ The LuminUS Group crafts an events formula that has participants engaging, again and again, sharing with their colleagues and offering this feedback. Wanna see it applied? Make sure to attend the upcoming BlueTech Forum!

    What we covered:

    πŸ”Ί How the company's pyramidal shape is disappearing, and what it involves

    ♻️ How organizations have to evolve to strive in this new paradigm

    🧠 How businesses will have to leverage collective intelligence and wisdom to grow

    πŸ¦Έβ€β™‚οΈ How you'll have to adapt design, practices, and frameworks as a leader - and how that will empower your teams

    πŸ’ͺ How in a scattered water industry, all these phenomena not only exist but are set on steroids

    πŸ“› How hence, water conferences need to adapt, and how BlueTech Forum is redesigned accordingly

    ❓ How challenging it is as a water conference organizer to plan the unplanned, and give up control over events

    3️⃣ The three pieces of advice you can implement today and change your business meetings forever

    πŸ’₯ How when done right, business meetings, and water conferences can generate sparks!

    πŸ€™ How physical conferences used to be a habit, and how they must reinvent themselves in the
    β€œnew normal.”

    πŸ€” How there are tons of good business reasons to attend a water conference, how that’s still not the decisive factor to show up, and what it is

    😴 How you shall avoid visiting the BlueTech Forum if you just expect a passive top-down delivery
    of content

    🀝 How the conference design taps into human connections to go past any β€œpedigree” considerations

    πŸ” How Annyse first experienced and built her methodology, and how you can replicate these best practices

    β›” How you don’t have to run crappy business meetings just because that’s how you were taught to run them

    🌱 How we can leverage the full human potential as an industry, regardless of gender or background

    πŸ‘Œ Radical collaboration, talking about what means most for you, planting seeds, crafting a truly unique event... and much more!

    πŸ”₯ ... and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖π™₯π™žπ™™ π™›π™žπ™§π™š 𝙦π™ͺπ™šπ™¨π™©π™žπ™€π™£π™¨ πŸ”₯

    ➑️ Get the Full Story

    ➑️ Come say hi to Annyse on LinkedIn

  • πŸŽ™οΈ Annyse Balkwill is the Founder of the LuminUS Group, where she crafts event formulas that bring engagement, sharing, and value to a whole new level. She's also the program director for the upcoming BlueTech Forum, happening on the 7 and 8 June in Vancouver.

    Have you ever attended a business meeting that seemed to drain your soul out of your body? Or have you ever happily slept in a water conference to digest the jet lag and be in good shape for the real conference content, aka the late drinks at the bar?

    You can change that!

    (some have already done it)

    Annyse will take us through all the steps with BlueTech forum as a case study. She'll explain why you should attend, and also why not. And she'll give you three very actionable tips that you can apply from your next business meeting on to bring the conversation to a whole new level.

    Wanna listen to the full episode? Just type "S5E5 - 3 Crazy Simple Tips to take the Bore out of Business Meetings or Water Conferences"

    You can also find the full episode materials on the (don't) Waste Water website