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SECOND SEMINAR OF THE TRAINING SERIES ON WATER AND WASTE WATER MANAGEMENET WAS HELD

The second seminar of the training series titled “The Sustainability of Water and Wastewater Management Within the Framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, organized by Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU), the Royal Danish Consulate General in Istanbul and the Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT), was held on 11 February 2021. In the seminar, the practices of Danish Water and Waste Water Association (DANVA) and Aarhus Vand were addressed.

DANVA’s CEO Carl Emil Larsen, Aarhus Vand Water Management Operation Director Flemming F. Pedersen,  Aarhus Vand Water Management Non-Revenue Water Operation Engineer Sally Nyberg Kornholt, Kamstrup Europe- Middle East-Africa & Asia Waste Department Distributor Sales Unit Head Mikael Hansen made presentations in the seminar which is co-moderated by Ahmet Cihat Kahraman, Environmental Management Coordinator at MMU and Seda Kayrak Bilgen, Trade and Communations Advisor at the Royal Danish Consulate General in Istanbul.

In the seminar, Kayrak Bilgen emphasized, ”Danish Water and Waste Water Association, Aarhus Vand Water Management, Marmara Municipalities Union, Union of Municipalities of Turkey, the Danish technology manufacturers and precious participants from water and sewerage  departments at municipalities are here for a common goal, and this is a concrete example of SDG 17 – Partnership for Goals.”

In his presentation, Larsen gave a detailed information on economic regulations of the water and waste water sector in Denmark. The second speaker Pedersen mentioned about Aarhus’ aim of being carbon-neutral city until 2030 and stated, “We can consider the wastewater treatment plants in Denmark as resource recovery facilities because these facilities produce more energy than they consume. This makes a major contribution towards a carbon neutral future.” Nyberg Kornholt from Aarhus Vand emphasized that they adopt a holistic approach consisting of sub-components such as knowledge management, strategy, financial allocation, customer support, operation & maintenance, asset management, regulations and political focus, training and expertise to achieve a reduction in non-revenue water. The last speaker Hansen shared concrete examples of energy efficiency resulted from the use of smart meter reading systems with the participants.

You can reach the seminar video via the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2oTTpNcMvs&t=4913s