Ara Fernezian, Divisional Managing Director – UAE at Reed Exhibitions, organizer of the International Water Summit said that the water-technology potential of Japan is enormous. Fernezian urged Japanese companies to participate at the 2014 International Water Summit to be held in Abu Dhabi from 20-22 January co-located with World Future Energy Summit, hosted by Masdar, as a part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), a global platform that addresses the interconnected challenges that affect the widespread acceleration and adoption of sustainable development and renewable energy.
To seriously address the global energy challenge, the relationships between economic development, poverty eradication, energy security, water scarcity and climate change cannot be overlooked. The largest gathering on sustainability in the history of the Middle East, ADSW encourages actionable outcomes to carve a pathway toward sustainability worldwide. “Japan is a world leader in membrane water treatment technology. Currently, Japanese manufacturers account for 60% of the global water treatment membrane market. Japan’s global market share of highly energy-efficient reverse osmosis membrane products is nearly 70%. Japan’s technological advancement and experience, especially in water saving technology and efficient water management systems constitute a remarkable strength. Through a common platform such as IWS, Japanese technology providers can share their experiences and know-how in the water sector and expand their related businesses internationally.” The 2nd IWS in 2014 will continue to garner strong local support from partners such as the Ministry of Environment and Water, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) etc.