The Opening Ceremony & Ministerial Panel, held commonly by the International Water Summit, the World Future
Energy Summit and the International Renewable Energy Conference, will gather a distinguished group of policy makers, entrepreneurs,
innovators and visionaries from around the world to create an international think-tank dedicated to sustainable development
The high-level ministerial panel on Sustainable Energy for All will give an overview of the highlights of the 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.
This session will also look at the challenges and opportunities in reaching these objectives, which will depend on close collaboration between the public and the private sector.
Policies have played a major role in driving renewable energy markets, investments, and industry growth at the state and regional levels.
The success of these national frameworks has often rested on the quality of their design and then implementation. For continued success it is consequently paramount Governments continue to update and revise policies in response to technology improvements and adaptation in market needs and drivers.
This session will discuss renewable energy policy developments and best practice implementation. It will also address the need for renewable energy policy design to evolve as renewable energy becomes an integral part of the energy mix.
The renewable energy sector, a global, long term growth story, represents a significant catalyzing opportunity to nation states, offering both sector job creation, and the prize of new, export oriented industrial sectors in an increasingly competitive world market elsewhere.
But to win that prize renewable energy needs long-term, transparent and fair policy frameworks. Ever changing legislation and policy uncertainty is, increasingly, a threat to both investment and market momentum.
This session will identify and discuss best practices for achieving a practical, constant policy framework to harness renewable energy, to support sustainable economic growth, and to deliver energy security and industrial diversification.
In 2013, countries around the world have accepted renewable energy policy will increasingly be an integral pillar of their industrial, climate change and energy security policies, and that now is the time to devise and implement policies to achieve successful integration.
Water and energy are mutually dependent resources: Producing energy requires water and water infrastructure requires large amounts of energy. The amount of water needed by our existing consumption growth is increasing constantly.
To sustain both dependable energy production and water supply, governments must manage these resources in tandem, simultaneously, and achieve a higher level of understanding of their interdependence.
Technologies that increase efficiency and reduce consumption for both water and energy systems is both a promising, and necessary area for future investment.
*program is subject to change
International Water Summit representatives will welcome you to Abu Dhabi and introduce the International Water Summit. This session will, set the scene and position the International Water Summit within the water sustainability for arid regions agenda.
This 1-2-1 interview series will showcase international perspectives on food and energy security, as well as provide insight into the investment, growth and development opportunities that the water food energy nexus provides. The highly engaging quick fire interview format will showcase international perspectives on food security as well as a holistic view from a GCC /arid regions perspective. The interview will shed light on the role of the water food energy nexus in sustainable growth.
This panel discussion will highlight the impact of consistent supply on national and industrial growth, and development of sustainable communities. Critical factors to success will be evaluated to highlight the importance of a reliable quality supply of water and energy to population centres, industry and tourism, especially for water scarce regions and in times of high demand, drought, shortage or supply interruption.
Supply and demand mitigation strategies including recycling re-use and resource diversification will be presented as viable approaches to future proof water needs and enable sustainable development.
This panel discussion aims to identify ways to achieve optimisation of water networks, with a focus on arid regions. Network efficiency for water supply, distribution and sewerage will be defined in terms of frequency of maintenance, leakage control, water usage policy and inspection. Case study examples from the GCC, Jordan and Yemen will provide insight into the maintenance, replacement, network growth, and investment challenges posed by operating networks in growing economies with scarce water resources.
Each panellist will have the opportunity to comment on the challenges -they face and will in 5 minutes to present their approach on a successful strategy for optimisation.
This workshop will focus on the how international agreements and global standards for water policy are implemented. This session will work through the pros and cons of water privatisation by providing insight into the challenges privatisation presents, incentives utilised, mechanisms for implementation, tools and instruments of institutional cooperation for good water governance. Panellists will discuss what water cooperation is and how it may help to avert a global water crisis by enhancing understanding of how to meet the water needs of a growing population. Key topics will be debated including the control of tariff rises, subsidisation and access to clean water for all. This session will address the need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of current cooperation and what may be improved in the future to find a long term sustainable solution to water supply challenges. It is accepted that the essence of the water crisis is not resource scarcity and infrastructure but wealth distribution this session will provide an opportunity for examples of approaches to institutional cooperation to be presented and discussed.
This 1-2-1 interview series will analyse how through effective management of public and private needs improved food and energy security, better economics, and positive environmental impact may be achieved.
This panel discussion will provide the opportunity for discussion of desalination strategies in use to achieve optimum economic and sustainability viability for arid regions. The scope of this panel will include a discussion of how desalination supports regional self-sufficiency and political independence and is a supporting tool to other strategies in place including water conservation, waste water re-use, water transportation and rainwater harvesting.
This session will provide an opportunity for regional showcase of water industry best practice, innovation and case study presentation of how regional water energy nexus challenges have been overcome. GCC countries are situated in one of the driest regions of the world, water management and its sustainability has grown to be one of the most important and challenging tasks faced by politicians and decision makers in countries which share common economic and social growth interests.
This session will provide an opportunity for regional showcase of water industry best practice, innovation and case study presentation of how regional water energy nexus challenges have been overcome.
This workshop will work through the problems associated with the adoption of water recycling and water re-use and the perceptions and practical considerations that reinforce these challenges. Understanding the importance of water re-use in arid regions is of vital importance to ensure community self-sufficiency by identifying. the key challenges that prevent adoption at a national level
This panel discussion will outline the water supply, usage and demand challenges present in rural communities. Consideration of the natural eco-system, domestic requirements, agriculture and industrial demand and water conservation challenges will be considered. This panel will provide insight into cutting-edge technologies and approaches that will enhance the effectiveness and improve water security for rural communities.
This panel discussion will take a strategic perspective on how to bridge the water scarcity gap from a production point of view to better understand the challenges faced. Integration of renewable energy sources to reduce environmental impact and introduction of incentives to stimulate commercial opportunity in clean technology will be discussed to evaluate viability for integration into existing water policy for regions facing a water scarcity challenge.
This panel discussion will feature a series of key note presentation sessions with a moderator, to link and draw out the essential points for discussion and further comment. Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) will provide a framework for analysis and comment on international water strategy and policy and the effectiveness of collaboration to achieve water sustainability and meet global demand for potable water. The big picture will be presented to clearly make the link between strategic collaboration and scope for commercial development & economic growth in supporting industries, and demonstrate how incentives and stimulus for this kind of positive development may be fortified.
The session will look at where WOPs have planted a seed for investment. It will present a number of cases from different regions where WOPs have led to follow-up funds. The presentations and the panel discussion which follows will seek to identify what makes WOPs attractive to lending institutions and how WOPs can be tailored to meet the needs of investors without compromising the needs of users. It will seek to understand how GWOPA and its partners can better match WOPs will the all-important follow-up finance.
This workshop will identify and define the depletion, allocation and distribution challenges that arid regions face, and project how they may develop in the coming years climate change is a key factor affecting water availability. This workshop will present and discuss mitigation strategy including technology, governance, design, collaboration, education, privatisation and commercial investment and growth to provide a best practice approach to ensure water availability.
This panel discussion will highlight water as an essential element for socio-economic development and maintaining healthy eco systems. Properly managed water resources are a critical component of growth, poverty reduction and equity. Urbanisation puts pressure on drinking water supply and puts stress on existing water resources. Panellists will comment on how water resource management may be approached to optimise available resources.
This dynamic and interactive workshop session will provide insight into the industry perspective of the consumer point of view of the three R’s. Industry experts will provide insight into how to engage consumers and to help change perspectives towards water conservation to enable increased acceptance of alternative water resources for potable consumption and how policy and institutional cooperation may have a positive impact on optimising water use.
This workshop will highlight the possibility to optimise the water and food production processes to reduce environmental impact. This cutting-edge innovation session will present new technologies and processes for desalination, agricultural production and enable identification of energy saving processes or systems in municipal and industrial areas. Case Studies from around the world will be analysed to identify and showcase approaches that mitigate the environmental impact.
This panel discussion will identify industrial applications for energy recovery technologies within industrial processes and distribution. Example will be sourced from international best practice, however a focus on the GCC and solutions from the desalination, oil and gas and industrial manufacturing sectors will be discussed in order to identify environmentally and commercially efficient processes that may be used to reduce environmental impact and improve cost efficiency.
This panel discussion will provide both the water and energy sectors with the opportunity to share best practice and innovation in water production and saving as a by-product of energy generation, and energy generation as a by-product of water production.
This closing session will discuss joint strategies for water and energy security and how the natural competition between the water energy nexus may be aligned to enhance resource optimisation.
Panellists from the energy and water sectors will reflect on the outcomes of both the World Future Energy Summit and International Water Summit to summarise findings and draw conclusions for reflection.