Abu Dhabi DoE and IDRA lead water sustainability dialogue at COP28

Host of the International Desalination and Reuse Association (IDRA) 2024 world congress Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has joined hands with IDRA to lead a conversation addressing water scarcity in the face of climate change.

This collaboration explores technical solutions to mitigate the impacts of water scarcity

The panel discussion, led by Shannon McCarthy, IDRA secretary-general, featured experts from stakeholder organisations such as IDRA president Fady Juez; Dr Shamma Al-Malek, Abu Dhabi DoE director of strategy development; Ahmed Othman, executive director for strategy and policy, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA); Dr Shadi Hasan, director at the Centre for membranes and advanced water technology, Khalifa University; and Bruce Smith, director of strategy and planning, Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC).

The dialogue centred around the interconnectivity of water, energy, food, and climate and highlighted the imperative for cross-sectoral collaboration to address water scarcity. Panelists delved into innovation in desalination and water reuse, focusing on reducing costs, minimising carbon footprints, managing brine discharge, ensuring water resources for food production, and enhancing water reuse by industries to foster a circular water economy. As part of this initiative, IDRA invites industry experts, researchers, and innovators to submit extended abstracts for the IDRA 2024 world congress, scheduled to be hosted by the Abu Dhabi DoE from 8-12 Dec 2024 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The submission deadline is 15 Jan 2024.

“Over the last 50 years, the IDRA has been helping safeguard water sources and impact water for food security, industrial processes, and municipal requirements through the use of desalination coupled with renewable energy. We look forward to working with them to prepare a spectacular gathering in December 2024,” said IDRA executive director Shannon McCarthy.