System thinking and the wider context for bioresource management: PRESENTATION ONLY

Giacalone, S., Oosthuizen, S, Martin, R., Penny, M., Business Modelling Associates


Process modelling & software developments (Integration of strategic decision making into tactical and operational production planning), NetZero carbon


The latest price review (PR19) has seen the UK economic regulator for the water industry (OFWAT) setting stretch performance commitments for Water and Sewerage Companies (WaSCs). Capital allowances for building additional capacity in the bioresource price control has also been limited. These factors are pushing water companies to finding new ways of rationalizing their existing asset bases and optimizing the performance of current operations.

OFWAT has also made explicit references to the requirement for WaSCs to build the next stage of asset planning and operations management with system thinking in mind. This entails demonstrating the systemic effects of decision making across the entire wastewater and bio-resource value chain. Business Modelling Associates specializes in the design and optimization of complex value chains and has nearly a decade’s worth of experience in the UK bioresource sector.

This paper reviews the bigger context, the challenges and some of the solutions available to large organizations operating in the bio-resource sector in the UK. The areas of focus are defined as treatment and energy use. The Treatment section will focus around network pinch-point analysis, unit cost calculation, benchmarking, opportunities for trading and cooperation. In the section on energy use, the paper explores the current opportunities to extract more value from electricity and the future role the sector could play in the wider green energy market. Particular emphasis will be placed on the NetZero carbon targets that a number of WaSCs are currently committing to and the implications this will have on strategic decision making.

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