Actively embracing water innovations

According to the United Nations, 2.4 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation and nearly 700 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. Water scarcity actually affects more than 40% of the world population, and 80% of our wastewater goes into waterways without adequate treatment.

Unsurprisingly, the United Nations report confirms that the world is not on track to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to clean water and sanitation. And yet, market-ready technologies are available to support the achievement of water-related SDGs. But to reach these SDGs by 2030, policymakers, industry captains and representatives of the civil society need to actively embrace these water innovations and accelerate their wide-scale deployment.

Water innovations at the G-STIC conference

A first selection of technology clusters

During the conference, we will review and discuss market-ready integrated technological solutions that can lead to a major impact on the achievement of the water-related SDGs. This will be done in close interaction with the audience, panel members and keynote speakers. The identified solutions tackle multiple sustainable development challenges across disciplines and sectors and take the environmental, social and economic dimensions of these challenges into account.

Wastewater as a resource

Symbiotic agri-urban-industry circular solutions including the production of clean water, renewable energy and fertilizers while reducing greenhouse gases (GHG emissions).

Grey to green infrastructure

‘Nature-based solutions’ to improve water supplies, reduce flood risks and improve the quality of urban living.

Digital water

Data collection and actionable insights to increase water efficiency and climate adaptation strategies in regional and urban water resources management.

Smart water grids

(Semi-)Decentralised solutions for securing fresh water supply by energy optimization and smart buffering (desalination, rain and grey water harvesting ...).

Bring your perspective to the discussions

Join the semi-plenary session – November 21, 9:00 – 10:50

The semi-plenary session on November 21 will identify and select clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions to tackle the ‘Water for all’ societal challenge. During this semi-plenary session, keynote speakers will elaborate on how the transition in water management can take place to deliver on the SDGs. Panel and audience members will give their views and opinions during the subsequent panel discussion.

Keynote speakers

Panel discussion

Expand your knowledge on crucial transition processes

Participate in the deep dives – November 21

All deep dives will focus on one specific cluster of technological solutions, and discuss the key policy recommendations and actions that are needed to deploy these technological solutions at scale under different socio-economic conditions worldwide.

Smart water grids: can we overcome the Water-Energy Nexus?

November 21, 14:00 – 15:20

Grey to green infrastructure: can nature teach us climate resilience?

November 21, 15:30 – 16:50

Digital water: can citizens contribute to put data into action?

November 21, 17:00 – 18:20

Check the programme

A library of breakthrough transformative technologies

The process supported by the semi-plenary session and the deep dives is to deliver a living library of breakthrough transformative technologies to tackle the ‘Water for all’ societal challenge and achieve the water-related SDGs, illustrated with best practices and inspiring examples. This library is indispensable for policymakers developing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) roadmaps for the SDGs, while captains of industry can use this library for exploring new business opportunities.

Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals

Addressing societal challenges far beyond water

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