SUEZ Spain, winner in the 2016 iAgua awards
21 December 2016
The third edition of the iAgua awards, which recognize the best practices in the sphere of communication in the water sector, was held today. SUEZ Spain obtained three awards: one for best company; another for best magazine interview conducted with Arjen Hoekstra, a professor in Water Management at the University of Twente (Netherlands) and creator of the “water footprint” concept; and another for best document for the “degremont® Technical Manual”.
The Director General of SUEZ Advanced Solutions, Ciril Rozman, accepted the award for best company, stressing that “the water sector plays a fundamental role in the innovation and knowledge economy, and helps to sustain the social fabric". He was likewise grateful for the award thanks to the work of the professionals of SUEZ and also to its customers, on involving the company in all of the water management processes.
In relation to the interview with Arjen Hoesktra, carried out in collaboration with the Water Resource Centre (CREA), the idea was to tackle the water footprint concept by comparing it with that of virtual water, and to emphasize the importance of the origin of products in order to know whether, in their production, water is used in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Likewise, as far as the award-winning document is concerned, this is the reference work for water treatment professionals - available in paper and electronic formats - with various contents such as processes, technologies and treatment lines, which illustrate the degremont® know-how of SUEZ.
The Aquae Foundation was also one of the award-winners in the best Foundation and best initiative in social media category; and the Water School won the award for best educational programme. Furthermore, the 2016 iWater Fair, organized by Fira de Barcelona, and the Water Economic Forum, were joint winners in the best event category.
The iAgua prizes, the awards ceremony of which was held in the Roca Madrid Gallery, are based on the iAgua Ranking, a classification prepared starting from a complex algorithm which shows the social impact of the contents published in the last year by organizations and professionals from the world of water. This year there were over 100 nominees aspiring to win in 24 categories which cover the work of a broad spectrum of organizations and professionals.