IDA International Forum on Energy and Environment

Creative Solutions and Innovative Strategies for Today’s Water Challenges

IDA Event

IDA International Forum on Energy and Environment
December 7-8, 2016
Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida 33132

The IDA Energy & Environment Forum, held in Miami Florida December 7-8, was a success. Attended by invited leaders of the global desalination and water reuse community, the theme of the Forum was “Creative Solutions and Innovative Strategies to Today’s Water Challenges.”

The Forum addressed three main goals: a) brokering knowledge of the best available and most appropriate technologies and practices for energy efficiency and environmental stewardship in desalination and water reuse; b) raising awareness of the national importance of water as committed to during the 2016 White House Water Summit in 2016 to; and c) identifying and prioritizing solutions that reduce CO2 emissions and promote the use of renewable energy in desalination and water reuse in accordance with the mission of the Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance – H2O minus CO2 – launched in Paris during COP21 in December 2015.

Forum participants contributed information, ideas and practical experiences from around the world. The program included presentations, panels and discussions on topics including:

  • The Current State and Future of Water Recovery and Reuse
  • Low Carbon Desalination
  • Sustainable and Renewable Desalination and Water Reuse
  • Current and Emerging Membrane Technology
  • Environmental Issues of Seawater Intakes and Outfalls
  • Energy and Efficiency in Desalination
  • Progress in Energy Recovery Solutions
  • Solar, Nuclear and Geothermal Desalination

Forum participants articulated the state of the art of energy and environmental issues in desalination and water reuse and established guidelines for energy efficiency and environmental stewardship for sustainable water supply for future generations. There was clear consensus that seawater, brackish water and wastewater are the only truly sustainable water resources available. Energy efficiency and environmental stewardship in desalination and water reuse are essential, in part because it pays to be environmentally responsible. Forum presentations and discussions documented the breakthroughs and accomplishments that have made desalination and water reuse the reliable and affordable utilities that they are today while reflecting a strong commitment to innovation and improvement. The presentations and discussion notes are being compiled in a Blue Paper to be published early this year and made available to all IDA members.

IDA is grateful to the Forum participants and to the American Water Summit and Global Water Intelligence who hosted a co-located event focused on “Catalyzing Collaboration” with public, private and industrial water sectors. Thanks to all the speakers for contributing to this vital effort, to IDA Headquarters staff for their dedication and to the members of the Forum’s Leadership Club whose financial contribution made the event free of charge to all participants. These contributors include ACWA Power, Consolidated Water/AEREX, Dow, Poseidon Water, IDE Technologies, and the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS).