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Water & Environment 2015: CIWEM’s Annual Conference

Published: 23/03/2015 by CIWEM

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There could be more change in the UK water industry over the next five years than there has been since privatisation in 1989. 


The Water Act 2014 introduced an ambitious package of measures for England, which aim to provide a customer focused industry that is resilient and safeguards the environment on which it depends.  This is set in a landscape of increasing demand for water; concern over affordability and customer costs of living; and growing environmental pressures. 


Innovation will be key for the industry to deliver against these challenges, and managing water in an integrated and environmentally responsible way will be central to this.


With the Catchment Based Approach maturing, there is the opportunity to learn lessons from experiences across the 100+ Water Framework Directive Catchments in England and consider how partnership working may be further strengthened to deliver benefits for the water industry, its customers and the environment.


CIWEM’s Annual Conference will bring together water professionals with a wealth of experience in innovation, delivering sustainable solutions and environmental improvement, as well as a high quality service to the customer – with plenty of networking opportunities.


The theme for Water & Environment 2015 is ‘Challenge and Change: How regulatory innovation and partnership working can deliver the needs of customers and the environment.’


Day One – WEDNESDAY 15 APRIL 2015

Day One will look at how regulatory changes and innovative solutions taking place in the water industry can deliver sustainable water management.


*Learn from regulators about the changing regulatory landscape, including customer focus, outcomes, the TOTEX approach, competition and abstraction reform

*Understand the impacts of these changes on your area of operation

*Discuss how sustainable water infrastructure and SuDS can be delivered effectively in the next five years


Day Two – THURSDAY 16 APRIL 2015

Catchment Management and partnership working will be the sub-theme for Day Two.


*Share experience with regulators, water companies and other catchment partnership members about how catchment management is delivering multiple benefits for biodiversity, water quality and resilience

*Discuss successes and challenges faced during the first 4 years of the Catchment Based Approach

*Hear about funding opportunities for catchment measures

*Understand how a catchment based approach can introduce potential for greater permit flexibility


Speakers include:

*Alan Sutherland, Water Industry Commission for Scotland

*Chris Barker, MWH

*Dr David Tyler, Southern Water

*Brian Tiernan, PM Group

*Mark Enzer, Mott MacDonald

*Kieran Conlan, Cascade Consulting

*Phil Stride, Thames Tideway Tunnel

*Bruce Horton, Environmental Policy Consulting

*Sonia Brown, Ofwat

*Tony Smith, Consumer Council for Water

*Trevor Bishop, Environment Agency


Who should attend?

*Water Companies  *Regulators  *Decision Makers  *Practitioners  *Environmental Consultants  *Land Owners

*Local Authorities  *Environmental NGOs  *Farmers and Land Managers  *Suppliers

 

President's Drinks Reception

15 April | 17.00 - 19.00 | RGS Map Room


At the end of Day One, all paying delegates are invited to attend CIWEM’s complimentary conference Drinks Reception. Containing a fascinating 17th century Chinese world map, and leading directly onto the garden terrace, the RGS Map Room provides the perfect setting for networking with your fellow delegates!  Simply select 'yes' or 'no' on your booking form to register.


Visit www.ciwem.org/events/annual-conference to view the programme and book your place, or contact events@ciwem.org for more information about booking and sponsorship.  Special rates are offered for students, retired professionals, and group bookings of 3+ delegates.