During the UN climate conference COP27, Ragn-Sells participated in the COP27 Climate Hub, an on-site and digital broadcast hosted by We Don’t Have Time from Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt. Pär Larshans, Director of Sustainability of Ragn-Sells Group joined the broadcast from Sharm El-Sheikh to co-host a session about transforming our wastewater systems and start seeing them as resource treatment plants.
Pär Larshans joined the COP27 Climate Hub on November 14 to talk about the potential for wastewater treatment plants to become resource treatment plants.
Phosphorus in wastewater is not only an issue in terms of wasted resources but also an issue for the ecosystems that receive the wastewater. In a warmer future climate, eutrophication, that is the overabundance of nutrients in water bodies, will increase. This leads to increased activity by the likes of bacteria and algae which leads to massive emissions of methane, a significant contributor to the climate crisis.
Pär also brought up the issue of how nitrogen from wastewater plants contributes to disrupting marine and coastal ecosystems and causing emissions of N2O, another powerful greenhouse gas. Ragn-Sells provides technical solutions to extract both nitrogen and phosphorus from water that can then be reused in industrial and agricultural processes through the subsidiary EasyMining.
“EasyMining’s statement is for policymakers to listen. Their solutions are available, make sure that you enable them and create a demand. Don’t be afraid of businesses, that is my big conclusion: Policymakers, listen and please enable circular solutions,” said Pär Larshans in his closing statement.
The broadcast also had guest speakers from WWF Sweden, Svenskt Vatten, EasyMining, the European Environment Agency, Wien Energie, Aquafin, Phosphorgewinnung Schkopau, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, BIOFOS, IUCN Ocean, and academics on the global phosphorus emergency give their perspectives on wastewater and how we can turn it into resources. Watch the whole session to hear from all of them!