The next Business Beyond Borders event will take place at African Utility Week in Cape Town, South Africa. The registration for the matchmaking sessions is now open for SMEs and clusters and the BBB is already working towards what will be three prolific and high-quality days for all our participants.
The BBB event at AUW will take place on 16-18 May and will focus on companies in the water, power, waste and utilities industry and help them find global business partners. The focus on these sectors is of significant relevancy when considering the UN Sustainable Development Goals of achieving clean water and sanitation (SGD3) and affordable, clean energy (SDG7), and the EU’s subsequent efforts to create sustainable European future. Likewise, the theme of this BBB event reflects the EU’s efforts to build a Circular Economy and preserve natural resources, as well as the commitment to cut at least 40% of Co2 emissions by 2030 put forward by the Clean Energy Package.
Ahead of event, we have prepared an overview of the EU water, power and waste industry and why it is a vital tool to enhance the EU’s competitiveness:
- The water industry sector accounts for 40% of European water abstractions, in which water is used for industrial processes and is provided by either a public supplier or a self-supplied method;
- The industrial sector is a major water polluter, as only up to 60% of industrial wastewater receives treatment before being disposed of into the environment;
- EU water policy has helped develop a dynamic world-leading water sector that includes 9000 active SME’s and provides almost 500,000 full-time jobs;
- 48% of European rivers are exposed to hydromorphological pressures, such as damming or embankments, which have significant negative impacts on water ecosystems;
- In Europe, we currently use 16 tonnes of material per person per year, of which 6 tonnes become waste;
- In 2014, the total waste generatedby all economic activities and households amounted to 2 598 million tonnes, the highest amount recorded yet;
- The waste sector provides jobs for nearly 1,000,000 workers, accounting for 0.4% of all EU jobs;
- The total net electricity generation in the EU-28 was 3.03 million gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2014;
- Fossil fuels continued to dominate the electricity mix in 2013, being responsible for close to one half (45%) of all gross electricity generation in the EU-28, but their share has decreased by 20% since 1990; .
- Nuclear energy sources contributed more than one quarter of all gross electricity generation in 2013;.
We hope that these facts and figures are a good way to start your preparations for AUW! See you there?