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October

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15:00

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9:00 am

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PM

5

,

2021

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Global Online Broadcast

Circular Table Talks II

Wastewater and Climate Change: Today Every Drop Counts

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October

5

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15:00

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EDT

EST

5

,

2021

Global Online Broadcast

Circular Table Talks II

Wastewater and Climate Change: Today Every Drop Counts

We Don't Have Time and Ragn-Sells are proud to present the second episode in a series of six in-depth table talks on the subject of circularity. The series will explore new and exciting ideas that have the potential to benefit people, the planet and build green economies locally and globally. Bringing together experts on the circular economy, showing examples of projects applying these principles in real life and challenging preconceived notions of what is and isn't waste.  

The second episode will focus on wastewater, the enormous potential in harvesting the nitrogen and phosphorus and other goodies so as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also generate useful materials for, agriculture for example.

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Program highlights

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15:00 / 9:00 AM - Introduction segment

The Circular Table Talks series is presented and we are introduced to both We Don´t Have Time and Ragn-Sells.

Nick Nuttall Host, Strategic Communications Director of We Don't Have Time & Pär Larshans, Co-host, Director of Sustainability at Ragn-Sells

  • Announcement from Pär Dalhielm CEO of the Swedish Water and Wastewater Association, Jan Svärd CEO of Easy Mining and Pär Larshans Director of Sustainability at Ragn-Sells


15:15 / 09:15 AM - Keynote speeches

  • The latest global findings on wastewater and scale by which humanity is wasting a massive resource. Dr Manzoor Qadir, the Assistant Director, Water and Human Development Programme at the United Nations University
  • Coming revisions to some of the key European Directives that cover various aspects of water including wastewater. Michael Sponar, EU Commission’s, Deputy Head of the Water Industry Unit
  • The opportunities for a more circular, sustainable wastewater use in Europe. Caroline Whalley, Expert on Water Industries and Pollution at the EEA
  • The implementation of sustainable phosphorus management in Europe from the business industry perspective. Chris Thornton, Secretary General of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform
  • Rethinking wastewater treatment. Anna Lundbom, Marketing & Sales manager at EasyMining


16:00 / 10:00 AM - Panel

Hear from four companies working to transform wastewater treatment plants into resource generating plants.

  • Martijn Quintelier, Process engineer at Aquafin NV
  • Dines Thornberg, Manager of Development at BIOFOS
  • Christoph Ontyd, Manager Wastewater at Gelsenwasser
  • Jan Svärd, CEO of Easy Mining


16:30 / 10:30 AM - End of the broadcast


We are given a summary of the episode and a look forward to the next episode.

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Hosts

Nick Nuttall

 (
UK
)
Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time

Hailing from the North of England, Nick supports We Don't Have Time with a focus on international strategic communications and advice. Nick graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, with a Bachelor of Science. Previously with the Times Newspaper London, the U.N. Environment and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nick was the Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Paris Agreement of 2015. More recently, he has served as the Director of Communications for the Global Climate Action Summit that took place in San Francisco in September 2018 and as the International Strategic Communications Director for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. A passionate fan of English football team Burnley, Nick is also often seen warbling backing vocals at concerts for the German pop singer/songwriter Bernadette La Hengst.

https://www.earthday.org

Pär Larshans

 (
SE
)
Co-host, Director of Sustainability, Ragn-Sells

Pär is an award winner in communication, social sustainability, and intrapreneurship, listed multiple times by Trust Across America as one of the Top Thought Leaders in Trust. He is the current appointed expert for setting environmental targets for sea and coastal regions in Sweden and for the coalition group for climate-neutral Swedish industry by 2045.

Speakers

Michel Sponar

 (
BE
)
Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate General for Environment, Unit ENV.C.2 “Marine Environment & Water Industry”

Michel SPONAR, is working since December 2015 as Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission, Directorate General for the Environment. He is leading a team of 22 persons dealing with Marine Environment and Water Industry. His team is involved in several files such as the revision of the Drinking Water Directive, the review of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and of the Bathing Water directive but also the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. He was directly involved in the cooperation with OECD on the assessment of the investment needs and the financing opportunities in the EU water sector.

Dines Thornberg

 (
DE
)
Manager of Development at BIOFOS

Dines Thornberg has 35 years of experience within wastewater treatment. He presently works as Innovation Manager in the Danish Utility BIOFOS. He is a specialist in process design and control of wastewater treatment. In management and design of sewer systems as well as energy and resources in wastewater treatment. Examples of previous engagements: Industrial research education. Consulting Engineer. Team manager in a French research centre. Department manager in Danish public utility. Management and participation in Danish and EU- supported R&D projects.

Pär Dalhielm

 (
SE
)
CEO of the Swedish Water Association

The interest of environment and sustainability took off for real during my environmental studies at the university. I realised that leadership, business and economics played a great roll in order to make difference, which led me to do both economics and MBA. I´ve been manager in different sectors (forestry, urban planning and social development) always with sustainability and leadership as my leading star. Since 2018 I´m a CEO at Swedish Water Association which represents all municipalities in Sweden when it comes to production of drinking water and wastewater treatment Others: Board member at WaterAid Sweden ; Member of Executive Committé EurEau (European Water companies Association) : Member of General Assembly EurEau

Anna Lundbom

 (
SE
)
Marketing & Sales manager at EasyMining

Anna Lundbom joined EasyMining, an innovation company within Ragn-Sells Group, in May 2020 as the Marketing and Product Sales Manager. She is focusing on leading the project to commercialize EasyMining´s nitrogen removal and recovery process along with business development for the company´s other processes and products. Anna joined the Ragn-Sells Group, one of the Nordic’s largest waste management companies, in 2012 and has been working with business development and sales in various positions. Previous to Ragn-Sells, she worked as a management consultant. Anna is a graduate of Linköping’s University and holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management. Thrilled to be a part of creating circular solutions for nutrients and other important materials, Anna is devoted to creating cooperation between companies and raise the awareness of the legislative hindrances that exists.

Caroline Whalley

 (
UK
)
Expert on Water Industries and Pollution at the EEA

Caroline works at the European Environment Agency on chemicals in water, focusing particularly on the EU Urban Waste Water Treatment and Water Framework Directives. She’s inspired by the importance, responsibilities and opportunities of treating our sewage to protect human health and the environment. Prior to working at the EEA, Caroline worked in water and marine policy at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and as a marine researcher at CEFAS in the UK. She studied Environmental Science at Plymouth (UK), before working at the Water Research Centre and then doing her PhD in Environmental Chemistry at the University of East Anglia.

Christoph Ontyd

 (
DE
)
Division Manager Wastewater at Gelsenwasser

Age: 62, married, 2 adult children, mechanical engineer, since more than 30 years in water- and wastewater management.

Manzoor Qadir

 (
PK
)
Assistant Director, Water and Human Development Programme

Manzoor Qadir is an environmental scientist with focus on policy, institutional and biophysical aspects of water recycling and safe reuse, water quality and environmental health, water and food security, and sustainable natural resources management under changing climate. He has implemented multidisciplinary projects and directed research teams in different parts of world, particularly in Central Asia and Middle East and North Africa regions. He led teams of eminent professionals to contribute to international and regional initiatives such as the Comprehensive Global Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development. In addition to supervising a number of post-doctoral fellows, postgraduate students, and interns, he has undertaken several international and regional capacity development initiatives such as organizing knowledge bridging workshops and training courses for young researchers; and regional workshops as part of UN-Water project, which brought together 143 participants from 71 UN member states from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Chris Thornton

 (
UK,FR
)
Secretary General, European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform

Chris Thornton is Secretariat of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) www.phosphorusplatform.eu Established in 2013, ESPP promotes sustainable phosphorus management in Europe, in particular phosphorus recycling. ESPP is a non-profit organisation, funded by its members, who are different industries (water and waste, mineral and organic fertilisers, chemicals, animal by-products, recycling technologies), knowledge institutes and public establishments. ESPP is particularly engaged in phosphorus recycling, addressing technologies, industrial implementation and regulation, safety and social acceptance of contaminants in recycled nutrient sources and agricultural value of recycled nutrient products, and in work relating nutrient pollution to climate change (see www.phosphorusplatform.eu/Scope135 and www.phosphorusplatform.eu/Scope137 ) He also has experience with the phosphate industry in chemical regulation (REACH) and on links between phosphorus and human health, as well as with the phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen flame retardants (fire safety).

Martijn Quintelier

 (
BE
)
Process engineer at Aquafin NV

Process engineer at Aquafin NV, working on the design, renovation, and optimization of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants. Expertise in nutrient recovery and effluent reuse.

Jan Svärd

 (
SE
)
CEO of EasyMining

Master of Sience from Chalmers University of Technology. Long career in chemical industry with several CEO positions in large global corporations and has been Chairman of the Swedish Chemicals Association. Now Chairman of the BioInnovation fund and board member of a few mid size companies. Most important is my job as CEO of EasyMining that has developed,and is commercializing, circular technologies that produces nutrients in a way that directly and indirectly is reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Hosts

Nick Nuttall

 (
UK
)
Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time

Hailing from the North of England, Nick supports We Don't Have Time with a focus on international strategic communications and advice. Nick graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, with a Bachelor of Science. Previously with the Times Newspaper London, the U.N. Environment and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nick was the Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Paris Agreement of 2015. More recently, he has served as the Director of Communications for the Global Climate Action Summit that took place in San Francisco in September 2018 and as the International Strategic Communications Director for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. A passionate fan of English football team Burnley, Nick is also often seen warbling backing vocals at concerts for the German pop singer/songwriter Bernadette La Hengst.

https://www.earthday.orgRead less
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Pär Larshans

 (
SE
)
Co-host, Director of Sustainability, Ragn-Sells

Pär is an award winner in communication, social sustainability, and intrapreneurship, listed multiple times by Trust Across America as one of the Top Thought Leaders in Trust. He is the current appointed expert for setting environmental targets for sea and coastal regions in Sweden and for the coalition group for climate-neutral Swedish industry by 2045.

Read less
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Speakers

Michel Sponar

 (
BE
)
Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate General for Environment, Unit ENV.C.2 “Marine Environment & Water Industry”

Michel SPONAR, is working since December 2015 as Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission, Directorate General for the Environment. He is leading a team of 22 persons dealing with Marine Environment and Water Industry. His team is involved in several files such as the revision of the Drinking Water Directive, the review of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and of the Bathing Water directive but also the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. He was directly involved in the cooperation with OECD on the assessment of the investment needs and the financing opportunities in the EU water sector.

Read less
Read more

Dines Thornberg

 (
DE
)
Manager of Development at BIOFOS

Dines Thornberg has 35 years of experience within wastewater treatment. He presently works as Innovation Manager in the Danish Utility BIOFOS. He is a specialist in process design and control of wastewater treatment. In management and design of sewer systems as well as energy and resources in wastewater treatment. Examples of previous engagements: Industrial research education. Consulting Engineer. Team manager in a French research centre. Department manager in Danish public utility. Management and participation in Danish and EU- supported R&D projects.

Read less
Read more

Pär Dalhielm

 (
SE
)
CEO of the Swedish Water Association

The interest of environment and sustainability took off for real during my environmental studies at the university. I realised that leadership, business and economics played a great roll in order to make difference, which led me to do both economics and MBA. I´ve been manager in different sectors (forestry, urban planning and social development) always with sustainability and leadership as my leading star. Since 2018 I´m a CEO at Swedish Water Association which represents all municipalities in Sweden when it comes to production of drinking water and wastewater treatment Others: Board member at WaterAid Sweden ; Member of Executive Committé EurEau (European Water companies Association) : Member of General Assembly EurEau

Read less
Read more

Anna Lundbom

 (
SE
)
Marketing & Sales manager at EasyMining

Anna Lundbom joined EasyMining, an innovation company within Ragn-Sells Group, in May 2020 as the Marketing and Product Sales Manager. She is focusing on leading the project to commercialize EasyMining´s nitrogen removal and recovery process along with business development for the company´s other processes and products. Anna joined the Ragn-Sells Group, one of the Nordic’s largest waste management companies, in 2012 and has been working with business development and sales in various positions. Previous to Ragn-Sells, she worked as a management consultant. Anna is a graduate of Linköping’s University and holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management. Thrilled to be a part of creating circular solutions for nutrients and other important materials, Anna is devoted to creating cooperation between companies and raise the awareness of the legislative hindrances that exists.

Read less
Read more

Caroline Whalley

 (
UK
)
Expert on Water Industries and Pollution at the EEA

Caroline works at the European Environment Agency on chemicals in water, focusing particularly on the EU Urban Waste Water Treatment and Water Framework Directives. She’s inspired by the importance, responsibilities and opportunities of treating our sewage to protect human health and the environment. Prior to working at the EEA, Caroline worked in water and marine policy at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and as a marine researcher at CEFAS in the UK. She studied Environmental Science at Plymouth (UK), before working at the Water Research Centre and then doing her PhD in Environmental Chemistry at the University of East Anglia.

Read less
Read more

Christoph Ontyd

 (
DE
)
Division Manager Wastewater at Gelsenwasser

Age: 62, married, 2 adult children, mechanical engineer, since more than 30 years in water- and wastewater management.

Read less
Read more

Manzoor Qadir

 (
PK
)
Assistant Director, Water and Human Development Programme

Manzoor Qadir is an environmental scientist with focus on policy, institutional and biophysical aspects of water recycling and safe reuse, water quality and environmental health, water and food security, and sustainable natural resources management under changing climate. He has implemented multidisciplinary projects and directed research teams in different parts of world, particularly in Central Asia and Middle East and North Africa regions. He led teams of eminent professionals to contribute to international and regional initiatives such as the Comprehensive Global Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development. In addition to supervising a number of post-doctoral fellows, postgraduate students, and interns, he has undertaken several international and regional capacity development initiatives such as organizing knowledge bridging workshops and training courses for young researchers; and regional workshops as part of UN-Water project, which brought together 143 participants from 71 UN member states from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Read less
Read more

Chris Thornton

 (
UK,FR
)
Secretary General, European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform

Chris Thornton is Secretariat of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) www.phosphorusplatform.eu Established in 2013, ESPP promotes sustainable phosphorus management in Europe, in particular phosphorus recycling. ESPP is a non-profit organisation, funded by its members, who are different industries (water and waste, mineral and organic fertilisers, chemicals, animal by-products, recycling technologies), knowledge institutes and public establishments. ESPP is particularly engaged in phosphorus recycling, addressing technologies, industrial implementation and regulation, safety and social acceptance of contaminants in recycled nutrient sources and agricultural value of recycled nutrient products, and in work relating nutrient pollution to climate change (see www.phosphorusplatform.eu/Scope135 and www.phosphorusplatform.eu/Scope137 ) He also has experience with the phosphate industry in chemical regulation (REACH) and on links between phosphorus and human health, as well as with the phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen flame retardants (fire safety).

Read less
Read more

Martijn Quintelier

 (
BE
)
Process engineer at Aquafin NV

Process engineer at Aquafin NV, working on the design, renovation, and optimization of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants. Expertise in nutrient recovery and effluent reuse.

Read less
Read more

Jan Svärd

 (
SE
)
CEO of EasyMining

Master of Sience from Chalmers University of Technology. Long career in chemical industry with several CEO positions in large global corporations and has been Chairman of the Swedish Chemicals Association. Now Chairman of the BioInnovation fund and board member of a few mid size companies. Most important is my job as CEO of EasyMining that has developed,and is commercializing, circular technologies that produces nutrients in a way that directly and indirectly is reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Read less
Read more

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