Solutions for water challenges worldwide
Given the vital importance of water, finding solutions for the huge worldwide water-related challenges is absolutely fundamental. Take for instance the growing global scarcity of freshwater, the impact of climate change, the pressure on natural resources and – on the health side – the increasing occurrence of antimicrobial resistance. In this context, the World Economic Forum justifiably considers the ‘water crisis’ to be one of the top three risks facing us in the years ahead.
The development of innovative technologies and concepts is a key part of addressing these water challenges. Once developed, any solution then needs to be framed in the proper socio-economic context.
Allied Waters is based on a new, hybrid R&D business model. A model that connects research and business at almost every stage of the innovation process. Allied Waters focuses on conceptual innovations in the urban watercycle, and targets R&D that has reached Technology Readiness Levels of 7 and above typically. R&D at this level of maturity relies on pilots, demonstrations and ambitious, attractive public ‘launching customers’.
Towards the circular economy
The circular economy is the alternative to the current – essentially linear – economy. While the linear economy is based on the ‘take, make, dispose’ approach to materials and energy, the circular economy is founded on the principle of ‘circular by design’. Products and processes are designed with their maximum reuse in mind. ‘From use to reuse’: that’s the essence of this paradigm change. But the idea not only refers to closing the loop for materials, energy and water, it also concerns the circular economy’s organisation and its embedding in the socio-economic system. For more background information, visit circle-economy.com and ellenmacarthurfoundation.org.
Driving the circular economy
What do Allied Waters and the circular economy have in common? Water is of course crucial: among other things, it is essential for life, it defines our living space and is critical for our economy. When it comes to the watercycle, Allied Waters stands for the creation of innovative, sustainable water solutions through public-private partnerships. Our mission thus dovetails perfectly with the concept of a circular economy. It is no surprise that Allied Waters is happy to accept the challenge of becoming one of the driving forces behind a circular economy!
The Collab is the main work unit in the Allied Waters model, which is based on partnerships between commercial enterprises, research centers and optionally end-users. The Collab is the heart of this knowledge management system: a unique combination of expert knowledge, practical experience and research, advice and engineering capabilities. All activities are coordinated by Allied Waters B.V. Our shareholders are KWH Water B.V. (60 %) and the Allied Waters Foundation (40 %).
ALLIED WATERS B.V.
Jos Boere, Director
Jos Boere (1959) is the Director of Allied Waters B.V. and Jos is also Deputy Director of KWR, where, until April 2017, he headed the Water Systems and Technology group. An underlying theme of his work over the years has been ‘bridging science to practice’ with regard to environmental issues, energy and technology/engineering. Previously, Jos Boere was business manager and head of R&D at Norit, a multinational company in the field of activated carbon technology. Jos holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Technology from Wageningen University (1984), and also has extensive professional experience in product, business and financial management.
THE ALLIED WATERS FOUNDATION
The Allied Waters Foundation holds a 40 % share in Allied Waters B.V. Sustainability objectives constitute an integral part of the foundation’s statutes. The board members represent four societal segments: the public sector, the business world, knowledge institutions and institutional investors. The current board members are:
- Michiel van Haersma Buma (chair), prior to retirement Dike Reeve of Delfland Water Authority
- Idsart Dijkstra (secretary), Manager Water department at KWR
- Piet Klop, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment at PGGM
- Stan Roestenberg, Director at Bohemen