IDA’s World Congress is on track to be the industry’s largest gathering, with a host of new additions to its already established program—but renewable energy remains a key focus for the Congress.
IDA’s 2019 World Congress is promising to reach new heights this October in Dubai, with an impressive and wide-reaching program to date. In the Congress’ Second Announcement, released last month, IDA revealed just how much the Congress has grown this year, featuring nine new industry awards, an all-new exclusive Leaders Summit, a series of Corporate Sponsor and Affiliate “Majlis” Forums, in addition to its peer-reviewed technical program, on-site training and certification courses, and plethora of networking opportunities.
But amid the flurry of these new and exciting developments, IDA stands firm in its mission of “connecting people and ideas to water solutions.” In fact, this year IDA is placing a special emphasis on the question of renewability. Its Technical Program features four sessions dedicated solely to issues of advanced water treatment, renewable energy, and their role across industries, with at least two other sessions addressing how companies can effectively implement renewable energy practices, despite market and financial challenges.
The Congress’ newest features, although not as specific as the Technical Program, also prioritize renewable energy concerns. The Leaders Summit, for example, in its panel “The Industrial Water – Energy Nexus: Are We on the Right Path?” tackles hard-hitting questions, such as the cost of energy, decoupling water and power, and the integration of alternative energy sources in an efficient and economic manner. Mr. Devesh Sharma of Aquatech International and Mr. Jonathan Pressdee of AECOM will moderate the panel, bringing a high level corporate expertise and executive insight to the discussion.
The topic of renewability hovers around even the Corporate Sponsor and Affiliate Forums. While these discussions are designed to provide cross-pollination between IDA’s affiliates and sponsors, strengthening the advanced water treatment global community, the forums are structured to showcase innovative developments which further renewable energy practices. The scheduled forums run for two days, combining networking, quality content, and entertaining presentations for delegates, while the technical sessions run for four days.
The question of renewability is not a new one. In fact, it’s perhaps the central question of our industry. But through its myriad of new programs, IDA is forging a fresh approach to these questions and challenges we continue to face. Bringing together different leaders from across sectors and different organizations from across the globe, IDA is taking bold steps to find water solutions and make sustainable and renewable practices a reality. And as a result, this year the 2019 World Congress is must-attend event.