Global pump manufacturer Grundfos showcased its sustainable water and wastewater solutions at the Ninth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific, a platform for broad cooperation on promoting the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle – in Asia.
The forum, which took place from March 4 to 6 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, was co-organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), the kingdom of Thailand, the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan (MoEJ), and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) of Division for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This year, the forum’s theme was ‘3R As a Way for Moving Towards Sufficiency Economy – Implications for SDGs’. In line with this theme, Grundfos is showcasing its range of sustainable and energy-efficient products and solutions that have helped customers and communities reduce their impact on the environment, and subsequently addressing global challenges aligned to UN SDGs.
Pia Yasuko Rask, Senior Engagement & Responsibility Manager, Grundfos, said, “The UN has set 17 very ambitious goals, many of which relate directly or indirectly to water and energy. Our resources are limited but demand continues to grow. How do we live large with a smaller impact? How can we use less but gain more?”
“This forum is an incredible platform for key leaders and decision-makers to come together and discuss these issues, and we were excited to take this opportunity to show how technology can make a real difference to the world in this area. Sustainability is in Grundfos’ DNA, and we will continue to build our strategy on the SDGs through our portfolio of sustainable products and solutions.”
Forum delegates also learnt about Grundfos’ work, specifically around renewable energy. One key initiative is the Grundfos Lifelink water solutions, which aims to strengthen the quality, reliability and sustainability of drinking water supply in rural and urban communities in developing countries, particularly across Southeast Asia and Africa. Lifelink solutions combine renewable energy, proven pump technology, water treatment and intelligent water ATMs with online water management and a professional service network.
Notably in 2015, to improve access to clean water in rural Thailand, Grundfos Lifelink water solutions worked with the King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) to test its fully automated AQpure water treatment system, with an aim to turn river water and surface water into drinking water for the residents in 15 Thai villages, meeting the needs of around 30,000 residents.
Grundfos also showcased solar solutions such as SQFlex submersible pumping system, which utilises abundant solar energy to power water supply. The pump system offers the perfect water supply solution in remote areas where the power supply is non-existent or unreliable.