Binnies and RSK Centre for Sustainability Excellence ride new waves at SIWW2022
Held from 17–21 April 2022 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore, Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2022 opened to great anticipation as one of the first in-person conference events in the region. With over 15,000 attendees, SIWW2022 and CleanEnviro Summit (CESG) 2022 hosted over 80 content tracks, offering deep dives into highlighted topics with the aim of actualising insights, reaching business opportunities and scaling real-world solutions across cities.
Across the five days, attendees benefited from close to 50 technical sessions and over 300 papers spanning six themes. With key insights and offerings from thematic and business forums and 250 exhibitors in 12 pavilions, delegates participated in robust dialogue and interaction while taking in products and services showcased across 21 different product categories at the event.
Binnies, as founding sponsor of SIWW2022, hosted a delegation comprising both local and overseas representatives from multiple groups within RSK. Alan Ryder, Chief Executive Officer and founder of RSK group, Lucy Thomas, Managing Director of the RSK Centre for Sustainability Excellence (CSE), and Mark Smith, Strategic Business Development Director of RSK group, were among the delegates that flew in to attend this premium global water show.
Alan shared his experience from the technical site visits he attended with the delegation: “Binnies folk are working on world class projects. For example, the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System is just awesome, as is the Tuas Nexus integrated waste management facility and the water reclamation plant – quite incredible what you are building: the best in the world, and this creates credentials for us that we can benefit from in all corners of the world.”
Technical site visits
On 16 April, delegates toured the Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF), hosted by Mark Davis and Shih Wei from AECOM, in the morning and were introduced to the depth and scale of this game-changing project that will put Singapore at the forefront of sustainable waste management in the region. The team also visited the BIM modelling room and viewing deck with virtual reality experience to get a sense of the long-term vision of this milestone project.
Figure 1: RSK and Binnies delegates at IWMF
The team then toured the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System Phase 2 (DTSS2), hosted by Benson Tan and the team from Binnies in the afternoon on the same day, taking the chance to understand the inner workings and challenges of a long-term large-scale project that required coordination and strong teamwork from various partners and vendors to ensure continued safety and success in delivering to expectations. The delegation had the opportunity to visit the control room for a flavour of project progress tracking that is done round the clock through an end-to-end, floor-to-ceiling array of digital screens feeding live data to the control room.
Figure 2: RSK and Binnies delegates at DTSS2
The week concluded with a visit to the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant (KMEDP), hosted by the Keppel Infrastructure Team. In addition to an introduction and gallery tour at the facilities, the team was given a robust and in-depth presentation by the hosts to better understand the inner workings of this award-winning dual-mode desalination plant that is a part of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew’s water vision for the nation.
Figure 3: RSK and Binnies delegates at KMEDP presentation
RSK Centre for Sustainability Excellence opening ceremony
A key media event in SIWW2022, the opening ceremony of the RSK Centre for Sustainability Excellence (CSE), was officiated by the Minister of Sustainability and Environment Grace Fu and saw the attendance of many prominent figures – Senior Minister of State Amy Khor, Minister of State Desmond Tan, and Her Excellency British High Commissioner Kara Owen.
“RSK is a well-established and trusted service provider across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and through the Centre for Sustainability Excellence, we hope to bring this wealth of experience to the Asia-Pacific region. Our business is built on delivering practical solutions to very challenging problems, going well beyond consultancy to bring sustainability to life. Underpinned by real-world knowledge and the leading-edge climate research that will be delivered by the RSK Research Institute for Climate Strategy, the centre will help businesses move at pace towards a more sustainable future,” said Lucy Thomas, RSK group Chief Scientist and Managing Director of the RSK Centre for Sustainability Excellence.
Strong media presence
Before the opening ceremony, Alan joined Ryan Yuen, Managing Director, SIWW, and Tom Mollenkopf, President of the International Water Association, at the SIWW2022 media preview on 17 April, where he gave a little preview of Binnies and RSK activities to expect at the event. The media preview was attended by close to 20 global, regional and local media, including Channel News Asia that turned up with a camera crew. Notably, Binnies was the only founding sponsor represented at this media preview.
An on-camera interview with Dawn McGregor of China Water Risk was also conducted as part of the media event line-up for Alan at SIWW2022. This was an exclusive sit-down interview that provided a platform for Alan to share at length his insights on the climate situation today, the actions of RSK and how Binnies plays a key role for the group, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
Rounding up nicely was a live on-air interview for Lucy Thomas with John Yip from CNA 93.8, Singapore’s current affairs radio channel. Lucy shared in detail both short- and long-term plans for RSK CSE, as well as her experience at SIWW 2022.
High visibility at VIP events
VIP events held at SIWW2022 also saw the involvement of many Binnies and RSK delegates. William Yong, Managing Director of Binnies Singapore, was joined by Scott Aitken, Managing Director of Binnies UK, and Jason Tan, Binnies Singapore Project Manager, at the Jurong Island Desalination Plant opening on 17 April. The plant opening was one of the key highlights of SIWW 2022 and was a strictly invitation-only event that was executed under high security due to its location on Jurong Island where many energy plants are located.
Additionally, Alan rubbed shoulders with senior leaders and ministers on 18 April at the SIWW Meet and Greet session prior to the official joint opening of SIWW2022 and CESG2022. In the evening of the same day, the Binnies and RSK delegation attended the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Ceremony and Dinner. Both Alan and Lucy sat at VIP tables and networked with key clients and stakeholders throughout the evening.
Figure 4: Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Ceremony and Dinner
Apart from speaking as a panellist at the Water Leaders’ Summit on 19 April at Plenary 3: Adapting to Climate Impacts: Strengthening Water Security against Dry Weather Events, Alan also engaged with key stakeholders and clients across multiple exclusive invitation-only events, including Smart and Sustainable Water Utilities, an exclusive breakfast round-table event hosted by KPMG, and the Environment and Water Leaders Forum, where he was joined by Lucy Thomas and William Yong, Managing Director of Binnies Singapore.
Figure 5: Alan Ryder as a panellist at the Water Leaders’ Summit
Knowledge and expertise
With a total of 12 presentations headed by members of Binnies and RSK, a strong presence by the team was certainly enjoyed throughout the week at SIWW2022. Tony Koodie, Binnies Regional Process Director, Europe and Asia, and Eddy Fong, Process Specialist, Binnies Singapore, presented on high interest topics such as microplastics and bromate formation as part of the Water Convention Technical Oral Presentations. Koh Sock Hoon, Process Specialist, Binnies Singapore, was invited to be a judge for the Best Poster Awards in addition to moderating the session on wastewater management.
Figure 6: Sock Hoon moderating a wastewater management session at SIWW 2022
Strong brand presence underpinned by clear sustainability values
Throughout the preparation for SIWW 2022, sustainability was a key factor and was front and centre of all major decision-making. The team carefully considered sustainable options weighed against reasonable costs to ensure the carbon footprint for this event was kept to a minimum.
All marketing materials were digitally produced and were presented without any need for printing. The booth itself was constructed from recyclable materials and the structure kept light and minimal, which additionally offered more room and space for human engagement. Close to 20 case studies and 10 high-quality videos from across RSK group and Binnies showcased via interactive touchscreens and flat screens respectively, enabled attendees to learn more about Binnies and the RSK group at the booth. Over 60 social media posts were published between 16 and 28 April across RSK, Binnies and RSK CSE social media platforms to keep conversations going in both virtual and physical spaces. Over 20 external media mentions on Binnies and RSK CSE at SIWW 2022 were published nationally and regionally in countries such as Malaysia, India, Thailand and Australia in the first week.
Figure 7: Notable media mentions of Binnies and RSK CSE
“Visiting Singapore for the SIWW2022 event was a truly brilliant experience. I was delighted to see both the risks and opportunities associated with climate change take centre stage at the event, as people from across the water sector came from around the world to discuss the critical issues of adaptation and mitigation,” shared Danielle King, Head of Climate Change Strategy and Decarbonisation, RSK CSE.
She further added, “The collaborative environment provided by the organisers, in terms of the structure of the plenaries, the presentations, the exhibitions, site visits, and even the tea and coffee breaks, was excellent; each allowing ample opportunity for networking and the constructive exchange of ideas – it was the perfect place to launch the RSK CSE, together with our colleagues from Binnies who were so exceptionally welcoming. I am very much looking forward to working with Binnies and the other approximately 130 companies across the RSK group to deliver strategic climate-related advisory services to inform science-based decision-making and targeted action cross the Asia-Pacific region.”
At Binnies, we create new possibilities for humanity through our innovative approach to delivery. Backed by a culture that has stayed true since the company’s founding over 100 years ago, Binnies develops intelligent water and environmental solutions using a whole-life-cycle approach to deliver functional infrastructure and lasting environmental and social legacies. We strive to elevate the quality of life for our local communities today and for generations to come.
Binnies is an RSK group company and was formerly part of Black & Veatch.
About the RSK group (RSK)
RSK is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services group made up of over 100 businesses. The group is headquartered in the United Kingdom and has an established presence in more than 40 countries around the world.
For over 30 years, RSK has been helping organisations realise their business goals efficiently, cost-effectively and with the minimum environmental and social impact. We deliver practical solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time. As a client-focused business, our services are constantly evolving to directly respond to or pre-empt global conditions and legislative drivers.
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