Delivering on net zero carbon in wastewater management. Progress and prospects

15 July 2020, The Hilton Birmingham Metropole, NEC, UK

This 1-day event will run alongside the European Waste Water Management Conference. 

Call for abstracts – deadline 7th February 2020.

We are currently inviting abstracts for this conference. If you are interested in giving a talk, please submit a 200-word abstract that includes the following details to

  • The title of the presentation
  • The key theme(s) covered by the presentation
  • Authors names, and contacts details for the corresponding author
  • An overview of the full presentation

Those accepted to give a talk will be required to register/pay to attend and present their work, in-line with the European Wastewater Management Conference fees.


At around five million tonnes (CO2-e), the UK water industry is the nation’s fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG), representing just under 1% of the country’s total emissions. Recognising their significant contribution to the nation’s carbon footprint, the UK water industry in 2019 announced a target of net zero emissions by 2030 – twenty years ahead of the Government’s commitment for the country as a whole.

Delivering on this commitment will require a root-and-branch review of capital and operational practices – with carbon impacts factored into all future decision making.  This is additionally challenging when set against a context of increasing discharge constraints requiring more intensive wastewater treatment.

The split of emissions between drinking and wastewater varies between companies, but conveyance and aeration both represent significant energy sinks. It is often quoted that there is more energy present in wastewater than is required to treat it – but that harvesting this energy is challenging or impossible in a northern European climate.  Efforts to decarbonise are therefore likely to focus instead on the national energy grid and operational efficiencies.  But is this the right approach?  Will it allow the industry to deliver on time?  Does it neglect promising innovations that might allow the wastewater sector to reduce its own emissions?

Aqua Enviro invite you to take part in our conference “Delivering on net zero carbon in wastewater management. Progress and prospects” in which we will explore these questions through the lens of innovation to understand how future carbon-efficient wastewater management approaches could take advantage of emerging technologies to become net carbon sinks.

Topics include:

  • Wastewater collection and conveyance
  • Wastewater treatment, including:
    • Anaerobic treatment of primary treated wastewaters
    • Mainstream de-ammonification
    • The use of Microbial Fuel Cells
  • Reduction in N2O and CH4 emissions from treatment processes
  • Operational efficiencies

As with all Aqua Enviro’s core events, the focus will be practical experiences (in innovation, commissioning and operations) and industry-facing research.

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  • Full delegate – £395 (+VAT)
  • Speakers and Water Companies – £350 (+VAT)
  • Students, Academics and Charities – £120 (+VAT)
  • EWWM Conference dinner (14th July) – £60 (+VAT)
Booking will open March 2020.

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Frances Woodhead

Events' Manager

01924 257891

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