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Sun, Oct 09


New Orleans

WEFTEC: WaterTech & Climate

Business, Investment, and Impact opportunities in Decarbonization & Adaptation

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WEFTEC: WaterTech & Climate
WEFTEC: WaterTech & Climate

Time & Location

Oct 09, 2022, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

New Orleans, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Two Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

About the event

If you are planning to be at WEFTEC this year, you may want to arrive early to participate in this October 9th program/reception.  If you operate at the intersection of WaterTech and Climate, this will be an opportunity to hear about what others are doing and get ideas for technologies that have the potential to have a meaningful impact on both 'sides' of ClimateTech, decarb and adaptation.

Decarbonization of Water/Wastewater

Pumping water, treating wastewater, desalinating seawater, and heating water all contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing, and eliminating emissions where possible, is already an effort many in water/wastewater are pursuing; however, more can be done. Spanning hardware, software, and business model innovations, early-stage companies, corporates, and consultancies are supporting their customer's transition to a low-carbon future.

Climate Adaptation

Whether too much water (e.g. floods, sea-level rise), too little water (e.g. droughts, acidification), or water quality concerns (e.g. harmful algal blooms, eutrophication), the result of a warmer atmosphere is a disrupted hydrological cycle and an uncertain water future for all. The climate of yesterday is not guaranteed going forward, and even if we cease all carbon emissions today we need to invest in and deploy solutions to support industry and society adapt to an uncertain water future. Most of humanity’s climate adaptation needs will center around forecasting and managing water-related risks.   

What is Climate Adaptation? 

Harvard Business Review - It's Time to Invest in Climate Adaptation here

What is Climate Adaptation Tech ('CAT')?  Read Mazarine's primer here


3:30 p.m. Networking

4:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks

"The Two ‘Sides’ of ClimateTech" John Robinson, Partner, Mazarine

4:05 p.m. Panel on Decarbonization Tech

Pete Nassos, Partner, Mazarine (Moderator)

Amanda Lake, Head of Carbon and Circular Economy – Water Europe, Jacobs

Sean Lammerts, Solutions Director – Strategic Growth Initiatives, Black & Veatch

Venkee Sharma, Executive Chairman, Aquatech

4:35 p.m. Panel on Climate Adaptation Tech

Anders Hallsby, Partner, Mazarine (Moderator)

Dick Co, Director, Chain Reaction Innovations, Argonne National Laboratory

Eva Steinle-Darling, Water Reuse Technical Practice Director, Carollo 

Emrah Ercan, General Manager, Ingersoll Rand

Jeroen Koppes, Director, Global Marketing, Solenis

5:05 p.m. Technology Showcase

Decarb (early-stage companies with innovations that help their customers decarbonize water/wastewater assets/processes)

Devesh Bharadwaj, CEO, Pani

Craig Beckman, CEO AquaMembrane

Chris Sosnowski, CEO, WaterClick

Adaptation (early-stage companies with innovations that help their customers adapt to an uncertain water future - due to a changing climate.)

Mark Kovscek, CEO, Conservation Labs

Rob Budianto, CEO, Swirltex

John Higley, CEO, EQO

5:45 p.m. WEFTEC Climate Happy Hour

7:00 p.m. Event Concludes



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