Towards Net Zero Transition- Carbon Reduction Technology in Water Engineering

10/25 (Wed.) 09:30-12:00

Moderators

  • Deputy Director General, Water Resources Agency, MOEA

    Hung-Pu Huang

    Chief Huang received his MS from the Department of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering, National Cheng Kung University in 2000 and got the qualification of professional hydraulic engineer in 2003. From 2007 to the present day, Chief Huang has been dedicated to public service in Water Resources Agency. In addition to engaging in engineering survey, design, and supervision, he has also taken up the responsibilities in drainage management in the Yunlin and Chiayi regions. He has dedicated over a decade to water-related works and accumulated abundant practical field experiences.

    Area of Expertise:

    1. Supervising Taiwan's significant water resource projects, including Hushan Reservoir construction, Wuzuitan Artificial Lake development, and Da'an-Dajia River joint water source utilization. Also, responsible for establishing rules and systems for drought response, water source allocation, and compensation mechanisms.

    2. Leading various project plans, such as overseeing the planning, design, and construction of the Shimen Reservoir Remediation Project. This includes temporary water supply of 960,000 tons, stratified water intake, power plant silt prevention, watershed conservation, Zhongzhuang Adjustment Reservoir, and Amping silt prevention tunnel construction to ensure stable water supply in Taoyuan and Banxin areas.

    3. Managing flood prevention during typhoon seasons and drought response at reservoirs.

  • Chief Technology Officer, CTO BSI Taiwan

    Chung-Kai Cheng

    Before working in the British Standards Institution, CTO Cheng worked in the semiconductor industry and was responsible for the implementation of environmental, safety and health affairs. During worked at BSI, CTO Cheng is responsible for the promoting of international standard, including greenhouse gas management, product carbon footprint, climate change financial impact disclosure maturity model development, and then served as the chief technology officer. In 2022, CTO Cheng also assisted the Water Resources Agency to complete the conformity check of the carbon reduction guidelines for water conservancy project.

Speakers

  • Head of Water, Europe & India, AECOM

    Chris Gray

    Chris Gray is Head of Water for AECOM’s Europe and India business with over 25 years’ experience working with water industries and governments around the world. His core focus is building inter-disciplinary teams to respond our clients’ most pressing challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss and social inequality.

    Fundamental to this is helping them reduce carbon and achieve embedded and operational net zero. He brings together global experts to advise on a breadth of areas, from carbon advisory and asset management to nature-positive solutions and material scientists, to help clients consider carbon in long-term planning and reach targets through innovative solutions.

    The title of speech

    UK Water: Achieving Net Zero Requires Ingenuity

    Short abstract of speech

    The water sector is a highly energy-intensive industry and has a key role to play in helping the UK meet its legally-binding net-zero emissions targets. In 2020 the UK Water industry launched the world’s first sector-wide plan to deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and has had significant success in this area. Tackling embodied carbon from capital expenditure is the next challenge. However, improving our resilience and response to climate change will require more infrastructure across the water sector, leading to further capital and operational carbon emissions, which will add further emissions to the atmosphere and add to the problem. To address this paradox, the water sector needs to reduce the amount of new infrastructure where possible (build nothing, build less), and where infrastructure is essential, deliver it in the lowest carbon way (build clever, build efficiently), embracing innovation in the process.

  • Professor, Urban Water Infrastructure, Delft University of Technology

    Zoran Kapelan

    Prof Zoran Kapelan leads the urban water infrastructure research at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is an IWA Fellow with over 30 years of research and consulting experience in water engineering. His research interests cover a wide range of challenges across the urban water cycle including development of new hydroinformatics technologies resulting in improved sustainability solutions. He delivered over 80 invited talks worldwide and has published over 500 technical papers.

    The title of speech

    Toward Net Zero Emissions: Some Experiences from the Netherlands

    Short abstract of speech

    The talk will start with introductory notes about the challenges faced by the water sector in terms of reducing future carbon footprint. The main part of the lecture will present several recent technologies and solutions developed for addressing greenhouse gas emissions related to water infrastructure. Examples include reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions at a waste water treatment plant, production of a new biocomposite material as an example of circular economy type solution that makes use of resources recovered from different parts of the urban water cycle, and water conservation activities aiming at reduced water leakage from drinking water infrastructure. The talk will end with several take home messages.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Construction Engineering, NKUST

    Yen-Yu Lin

    Yen-Yu Lin serves as assistant professor at Department of Construction Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology. He earned his Ph.D. degree at University of Washington in 2012. His research interests include performance evaluation of pavement materials, sustainable roadway design and construction, and life cycle assessment of infrastructure. He has helped the roadway agencies to quantify the GHG emissions for major projects, and kept contributing to establish the GHG management scheme for infrastructure for Taiwan.

    The title of speech

    Net-zero and Construction

    Short abstract of speech

    The significance of construction regarding GHG emissions
    Net-zero approaches and challenges for construction

  • Professor, National Taipei University

    Chien-Ming Lee

    Chien-Ming Lee, male, environmental economist, received a PHD degree from economic department National Taipei University in 1997. Dr. Lee has been working at the Institute of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, National Taipei University since 2002. Professor Lee has participated in the United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference since 1998, and has put lots of effort into climate change economics research and promotion of low-carbon life activities. Since 2019, it has cooperated with convenience stores (FmailyMart) to deploy a low-carbon life network, and constructed the world's first personal carbon asset account.

    The title of speech

    Strategies and Opportunities for Net Zero Water in Taiwan

    Short abstract of speech

    In the face of global extreme climate and net zero, building climate resilience and hydraulic engineering has become the most important issue for the water sector. Introducing climate-related and nature-related financial exposure (TCFD and TNFD), assessing the physical and transition risks of hydraulic engineering, and developing carbon reduction methods will become the most important strategies for hydraulic engineering.

AGENDA

  • 9:30~9:40
    Introduction by Moderator
    Hung-Pu Huang Deputy Director General, Water Resources Agency, MOEA
  • 9:40~10:00
    Keynote Speech

    UK Water: Achieving Net Zero Requires Ingenuity

    Chris Gray Head of Water, Europe & India, AECOM
  • 10:00~10:20
    Keynote Speech

    Toward Net Zero Emissions: Some Experiences from the Netherlands

    Zoran Kapelan Professor, Urban Water Infrastructure, Delft University of Technology
  • 10:20~10:35
    Tea Break
  • 10:35~10:45
    Introduction by Moderator
    Ivan Cheng Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy
  • 10:45~11:05
    Keynote Speech

    Net-zero and Construction

    Yen-Yu Lin Assistant Professor, Department of Construction Engineering, NKUST 
  • 11:05~11:25
    Keynote Speech

    Strategies and Opportunities for Net Zero Water in Taiwan

    Chien-Ming Lee Professor, National Taipei University
  • 11:25~12:00
    Panel Discussion
  • 12:00
    Lunch
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