Carbon Reduction and Energy Efficiency in the Water and Wastewater sector (Webinar) - 20.03.2019


The linkages between water and energy consumption are significant. To produce energy, water is needed and, likewise, the provision and treatment of water requires the consumption of energy, in particular of electricity (ca. 60%). Reports and analysis demonstrated that the water sector is becoming more energy-intensive, while the energy sector is increasing its water-intensity. In 2014, 120 Mtoe of energy was used in the water sector only, and the growing global water use suggests that the numbers will be higher in the next years. Therefore, the potential to improve the energy efficiency in these processes is remarkable and the water-energy nexus has started to be increasingly included in projects. This webinar hosted by the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency presents a series of case studies by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) related to the water-energy nexus and the pathways to increase the rate of energy efficiency in the water sector. The covered case studies are the following:

  • Water & Wastewater Companies for Climate Mitigation (WaCCliM) – The Road Map for decarbonising water utilities and the Results of Madaba GHG Analyses.
  • Optimizing Kufranja Wastewater Treatment Plant – Export Initiative Supporting Environmental Technologies

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Short Bio:
Valeria Zambianchi is a research assistant at the Copenhagen Centre since September 2017. Previously, she worked as student assistant at UNEP DTU Partnership. Valeria researches the best practices of energy efficiency in cities and the role of cities in South America for implementing energy efficient actions. Moreover, she assists the senior staff with projects in Latin America, as well as coordinates and moderates the Copenhagen Centre’s webinars in Spanish. Valeria graduated from København Universitet with a MSc. in global development and concentration in environmental governance. Her field experience includes participatory forest management in Tanzania and urban flooding in India.
Short Bio:
Mohammad Almalla is a junior technical advisor at the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), working on three projects related to climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and integration of sound environmental technologies in the water sector. Mohammad is a mechanical engineering graduate from the German-Jordanian University with international academic and professional experience. He is a certified energy auditor and certified project management associate. Mohammad indulges in conducting Carbon-emissions and Energy-Efficiency checks, audits and analysis. Accordingly devise deliberate solutions that would pragmatically enhance performance, cut energy wastages and most importantly conserve the environment.
Component Manager – Carbon Reduction and Energy Efficiency in Water Utilities
Short Bio:
Salam Al-Momany holds a M.Sc. degree in Environmental and Resource Management from Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany) and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Salam is working in the Jordanian Water and Environment sectors, with more than ten years of experience; as an Environmental Specialist at “Engicon; a Jordanian engineering consulting firm”, a Technical Coordinator at the “USAID Water Reuse and Environmental Conservation Project”, and with the GIZ- Jordan Water Program since 2015 in the capacities of component manager and technical advisor on Carbon Reduction and Energy Efficiency in Water Utilities.
Senior Advisor, Nexus Dialogue Programme
Short Bio:
Dr. Nisreen Lahham is a Senior Advisor for GIZ (based in Cairo Office), responsible for coordinationg the Nexus Dialogue Programme in the MENA region. She is the former Executive Manager of the Center for Futures Studies at the Information and Decision Support Center, the think tank of the Egyptian Cabinet. She worked as a planning expert and a Strategic Planning Trainer at the League of Arab States. Nisreen holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Faculty of Engineering at Ain Shams University in Cairo. She has been involved in several projects and published scientific papers in futures studies, sustainable development, environmental planning, water and food security, and green economy.