GE, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and the Business for Social Responsibility invite you to a dialogue on innovation for sustainable development. This event will bring together key industry leaders, civilian entitites and members of the government to discuss the Future of Fuels and the Future of Water for the coming decades.


Opening Remarks

  • Simon Zadek (TBC), Centre for International Governance Innovation

Roundtable Discussion: Innovative management tools and technologies to improve resource efficiency and water reuse

  • Glauco Kimura de Freitas, WWF Brazil

  • Manish Bapna, World Resources Institute

  • Jon Freedman, GE

  • Sasha Koo-Oshima (TBC), US Environmental Protection Agency

  • Luis Osorio (TBC), RAIZEN

  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development, (TBC)


Background Information

We live in a world where fresh water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, some one billion people in 40 countries around the world live in areas that are chronically short of water. This trend is likely to worsen due to changing weather patterns, population growth and increasing industrialization. Some local communities are already responding to such shortages by implementing water recycling and reuse. However, many other communities are struggling to adopt or expand such programs. Concerted action is therefore needed to share successful models for directly addressing the challenge of water scarcity