Innovator Catalyst: Fostering Professional Skills for Circular Economy Transition (Valencia)
A Systemic Approach to Water Management.
Please note that grant applications for EIT RIS participants have closed on 31 October. You may still register as a paying participant.
A 50% discount on the regular fee of 2000EUR are available for the following groups: employees of public bodies, employees of Climate-KIC partners (both core and affiliate partner), employees of NGOs, Climate-KIC Alumni and participants of the Climate-KIC Certified Professional test phase in 2015.
Date: 28 November -3 December 2016
Venue: Valencia, Spain (IVIALC and onsite visits in the València city area and natural park of L’Albufera)
The European Commission has recently adopted the ambitious objective of boosting a transition towards a Circular Economy, in an attempt of decoupling economic growth and development from the consumption of finite resources. Despite the main focus and most of the efforts are addressed to the waste sector, for the water sector transitioning to a CE presents an opportunity to accelerate and scale-up recent scientific and technological advances that support greater efficiency in the sector.
However, in this pathway towards circular economy, some questions and challenges arise on the horizon: What is the role for this sector, a main driver or a late adopter? What are the overlaps with other sectors and how to that advantage of them? What are the implications for traditional business and service models?
According the international water association in this shift there are three main pathways to transition towards a circular economy: The water cycle, the material pathway and the energy pathway. This three pathways are interwoven by a collection of junctions where water, energy or materials intersect and opportunities arise to drive forward the transition process.
Based on this and the long experience of the Valencian region with water management, the Valencian Institute for Agricultural Research (IVIA) proposes an edition of Innovator Catalyst series focused on three of the most relevant junctions that decision makers in the water sector will have to face in the following years:
- The huge journey for water utilities to adapt to a circular economy in very different aspects, ranging from infrastrucutres to the treatment approach.
- The case of green infrastrutures as a polyvalent water harvesting method closely connected with other systems such as urban planning, food, waste treatment or natural risk management.
- Reusing water in agriculture which not only entails recirculating and saving water, but also capitalize on the nutrients it can carry, diversifying the sources and matching the quality to the crop needs.
The course is aimed for pracitioners who enable, support and innovate the water sector in supplying, sanitation, wastewater services, etc. It comprises a wide range of professionals including consultants, policy makers, financiers, industry and researchers.
- 2000 EUR for regular participants (50% discount available for employees of public bodies, employees of Climate-KIC partners (both core and affiliate partner), employees of NGOs, Climate-KIC Alumni and participants of the Climate-KIC Certified Professional test phase in 2015.)
Grant applications have closed on 31 October.