Water Efficiency in Downstream Refinery, Petrochemical, and Chemical Processing

November 16-17, 2015

Maximizing efficient water use is critical for both the environment and the bottom line for industry. This workshop will bring together downstream production leaders and water tech experts to discuss water efficiency and water treatment solutions.

Workshop Proceedings

Links to presentations from the workshop are included in the workshop program - click the above button to view them.


With the world population estimated to grow to more than 9 billion by 2050, the stress on limited fresh water resources is a growing concern.  With global water demand for manufacturing anticipated to increase by 400 percent from 2000 to 2050 according to the United Nations, maximizing efficient water use is a critical step for both the environment and the bottom line for industry.  According to the Carbon Disclosure Project survey, nearly a quarter of the 830 companies surveyed said that water-related issues could limit the growth of their business with conversations around water challenges increasingly becoming a boardroom topic.  With reduced oil and gas prices, downstream producers are increasingly looking to improve the cost efficiency of their processes and water efficiency.  The AIChE’s International Society for Water Solutions (ISWS) hosted a workshop to bring together leaders of downstream production and water technology experts to meet and discuss the latest advances in water efficiency improvements and water treatment solutions.  The ISWS is a technical industry forum focused on tacking critical water challenges for industry and bringing together scientists and engineers to develop solutions to the global water challenge.

Organizing Committee

  • Thomas Degnan, Notre Dame

  • Anne Gaffney, Idaho National Labs

  • Tiffany Morris, GE Power & Water

  • Deborah Quock, (retired) Honeywell

  • Darlene Schuster, AIChE

  • Tracy Young, Workshop Chair, Dow

Workshop Program

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Registration Info

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Hotel Information

This workshop was be held at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, co-located with the 2015 Carbon Management Technology Conference. For more hotel information, click here.

Featured Speakers

Mark Lambert

Mark Lambert has extensive experience in the Water and Environmental industries and has a strong track record of success in the management of successful organizations. Mr. Lambert is responsible for all IDE activities in the Americas, EPC, BO, BOOT project delivery methods in the global Desalination market as well as Industrial Waste Water Treatment in select target markets including Oil and Gas, Power Generation and Mining.Read more

Emilio R. Tenuta

Emilio Tenuta is Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for Ecolab.  He is responsible for linking Ecolab’s market strategy with the company’s sustainable solutions delivered through partnerships with more than 1.3 million customers in more than 170 countries.

Tenuta’s 30-year tenure at Ecolab, includes  25 years of technical and marketing management experience in various industries including Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Lodging, Healthcare, Primary Metals and Automotive. For the past six years Tenuta has led Ecolab’s strategic...Read more