A recent report released at the end of November undertaken by Frost & Sullivan and partnered with Australian technology company Envirosuite, shows that environmental factors significantly impact over 50% of business globally, yet most companies continue to view environmental management as a compliance exercise.
Envirosuite and Frost & Sullivan have organized a free panel discussion on Wednesday 9th December on essential insights from the report and what these mean for industrial operations and public authorities.
We speak with Envirosuite to find out a bit more about the panel and the newly launched report.
Question: Envirosuite and Frost & Sullivan have released a new report that finds environmental factors significantly impact over 50% of business globally. What can companies do in the face of growing environmental challenges?
Answer: As wastewater treatment and water management operations expand to cater to larger populations or community encroachment occurs, odour impact becomes a bigger challenge. The report has also highlighted the difficulty wastewater operators have ‘inadequacy of current environmental analytical tools’ and the ‘disconnect between staff with environmental accountability and the rest of the organisation’, as their main issues.
Wastewater and water operations should be looking towards technology and digital transformation to deliver significant improvements to their environmental outcomes. This can be achieved through leveraging digital tools including advances in data analytics, integration of environmental monitoring parameters, sensor technologies and improved connectivity.
Q: What is Environmental Intelligence and how can it help businesses adapt and ensure a positive environmental impact?
A: Environmental Intelligence (EI) is the use of technology to leverage complex environmental data to create actionable insights in real-time enabling companies, government and communities to make fast, confident decisions that optimise operational and environmental outcomes.
EI is now assisting water management and wastewater operations to:
- Achieve environmental compliance
- Engage with surrounding communities and strengthen social licence to operate
- Optimise operational efficiency by scheduling operations at the best possible times to avoid stoppages
- Identify opportunities for reducing costs in real-time based on high-accuracy modelling
Q: On Wednesday 9th December, Envirosuite and Frost & Sullivan will organize a panel discussion: ‘Environmental Intelligence: Driving Growth in a Changing Climate.’ What is the aim of this panel discussion?
A: The panel discussion will highlight how wastewater treatment and water management operations can navigate their future sustainability. The global urban population expected to rise from 46.6% in 2000 to 58.2% in 2025 and 66.4% by 2050. There is likely to be further increases in proximity of residents to infrastructure that creates negative environmental (and health/safety)impacts./p>
Wastewater operators are facing increasing challenges from encroachment on growing communities and stricter regulations. Over 50% of total respondents have experienced dramatic or significant impacts on their organisation on account of environmental factors over the last 3 years.
Insights from the report show that wastewater operations are experiencing environment-related factors on a scale of 1-10 in the organisation through:
- 7.3/10 - More stringent environmental regulations / penalties / reporting and compliance requirements
- 7.2/10 - Health & safety risks of operations to the public/community
- 6.5/10 - Public complaints and site proximity to the public impacting social license to operate
Q: What is your panel’s target audience?
A: Operational teams from wastewater treatment plants and water management operations. Representatives of municipal and public authorities and Environmental consultants.
Q: What will be the main topics of discussion?
A: We will discuss report findings that show how wastewater operators are now using strategies around environmental intelligence to deal with encroachment, respond to community complaints and continue operating efficiently.
The panel will include Frost & Sullivan and our industry experts. We are going to unpack key findings from the report and what it means for wastewater operations today.