A collaborative event will bring together water, wastewater and sustainability experts to explore new ways of tackling fat, oil and grease (FOG) in sewers and pave the way for a blockage-free future.
The European FOG Summit is set to take place in the UK for the first time, in Brighton, East Sussex, on 14 October.
The event will be hosted by technology company SwiftComply, trade association British Water and UK utility Southern Water.
Every year, FOG-related sewer blockages and spills cost global water authorities billions to clear and can have devastating impacts on the environment.
The European FOG Summit will gather experts to examine the current status of the challenge and what the future might hold, with conversations focusing on proactive mitigation, technological solutions, international research and the role FOG can play in local authorities’ circular initiatives and sustainability goals.
Laura Su, UK director, SwiftComply, said: “We are passionate about industry collaboration and using thought-leadership as a catalyst for change, which is why the summit will not only facilitate these conversations but encourage positive action.
“While we are very much looking forward to hosting a face-to-face event, we will of course be monitoring global travel restrictions closely to ensure it can be held safely and be inclusive to all who wish to join us.”
Mar Batista, head of programmes, British Water, said: “Only by combining collaboration, education and innovation will we successfully fight the fatberg globally.”
Steve Williams, network protection officer, Southern Water, said: “Viewing FOG as a resource for conversion to energy or fuel, thereby creating a circular economy, is a conversation that needs to be had globally.”
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