Nijhuis Industries @BlueTech Forum 2018 - Managing Water Risk in the Circular Economy

On the 6th and 7th of June, Nijhuis Industries contributed to the BlueTech Forum 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the opening of the Thought Leadership roundtable session with an inspiring presentation. Based on the main theme “Managing Water Risk in the Circular Economy”, CEO Menno M. Holterman presented several circular economy practises around the world, developed by Nijhuis Industries and their business partners.

The diverse mix of water tech companies, corporate and utility end-users, academics, and investors in the room provided for well-rounded discussions on managing water risk in the circular economy. BlueTech Forum is a great platform to network and present water innovation and strategies that enables its attendees to stay one step ahead of the market. The Forum is a chance to broaden horizons, expand business networks, and discover strategic business opportunities with innovative and sustainable technology providers as well as forward thinking end users.

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The presentation of Menno M. Holterman started with a general view on transforming the linear economy into the circular economy and how Nijhuis Industries is closing the loop with social innovations (from ego to eco), an integrated and collaborative approach, designing by nature and partnership with the sun and sustainable finance by valuing water.

The second part focussed on Nijhuis Industries practices in the circular economy, such as the ‘Waste to Wealth program’ in Hindon Clean Ganga in India, the new wastewater botanical garden facility developed together with Organica for IKEA, the new water reuse facility for the largest production facility of L’Oréal in the world in Poland and a leading paper producer Caesar Pac in Kuwait, a floating farm and Nijhuis highly innovative ‘Waste to Taste’ solutions turning sewage into clean water, green fertilizers and safe food.

‘Dry factory: Because Water Security Is Worth It’

Also customer L’Oréal provided a key note and shared their vision on the ‘Dry factory: Because Water Security Is Worth It’. They are rolling out a ‘dry factory’ concept to reduce water consumption in its manufacturing operations. Within the framework of its sustainable development programme, called Sharing Beauty With All, L’Oreal is committed to reduce by 2020 the environmental footprint of its manufacturing plants and distribution centers worldwide by 60%, from a 2005 baseline.

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Decentralized Water Reuse: Closing the Loop on Water Stress

One of the main topics at Bluetech Forum 2018 was decentralized water reuse treatment, which matches completely with the Nijhuis MODULUTIONS (modular solutions) portfolio. Decentralised wastewater treatment can deliver clean water, energy efficiency, new resources and cost savings. Exploring space-age technology and examples closer to home, Paul O’Callaghan, chief executive, BlueTech Research, investigates.

Traditional wastewater treatment facilities are finding it increasingly challenging to meet the demands of contemporary regulatory and sustainability targets. They are faced with processing highly complex influent, comprising domestic sewage, stormwater, and industrial wastewater to increasingly high standards. It is then returned to the natural environment only to be abstracted downstream for treatment for municipal supply.

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