Programme - essenscia - VMx - Fevia

Sustainable water management in the food and chemicals sectors

(In Dutch unless otherwise indicated)

General session

10:00 – 10:30

Reception with coffee

10:30 – 10:45

Welcoming remarks
Matthias Mertens,

10:45 – 11:00

Stimulating innovation in the chemicals sector

An Maes – essenscia

11:00 – 11:15

Water and food in Europe (in English)

Raschad Al-Khafaji – Food and Agriculture Org. (FAO) of the UN

11:15 – 11:30

Sustainability and trends within the food sector

Liesje De Schamphelaire – Fevia

11:30 – 11:45

Bringing groundwater and used process water to the desired water quality targets

Ward Ooms – Puratos

Water project production site Puratos Lummen: Alternative water supply in the food industry by locally purifying groundwater and used process water to reach the desired water quality targets. Practical experience from the food industry regarding project management and environmental permit application.

11:45 – 12:00


Parallel session 1:

12:00 – 12:15

The Battle Against Drought: PepsiCo's Sustainable Water Strategy

Jord Van Wassenhove – PepsiCo

For PepsiCo, sustainable water use throughout the value chain is an absolute top priority in the fight against increasing drought. In potato cultivation, for example, we conduct research into specific, drought-resistant potato varieties and optimise irrigation. Moreover, as the PepsiCo crisps factory in Veurne is in a region sensitive to water scarcity, we have rolled out a multi-year plan to use 8 times less tap water by 2030.

12:15 – 12:30

The 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) (in English)

Henk van de Hyde – Danone

Structured approach to water sustainability. Understand how water is used in your process and create smart key performance indicators to manage this precious resource, bring everyone on the journey with you to create a more efficient and sustainable operation.

12:30 – 12:45

Sustainable water treatment by using CO2

Dominique Hamerlinck – Alpro

12:45 – 13:00

Demin water production with low chemical footprint

Wout Sterkens- Total Energies Schoten

Total Energies Schoten invested in a demineralized water installation, in which it was necessary to combat biofilm formation without increasing the chemical footprint. It was ultimately possible to accomplish the project by delaying bacterial growth using a minor physical intervention and reduce the use of acids by a factor of 4.

13:00 – 14:00

Sandwich lunch at the stand

Parallel session 2: VMx

12:00 – 13:00

Water management challenges in industry - with examples from vegetable processing and chemicals

Hugo Desmet & Kristof Van Acker – Witteveen+Bos

13:00 – 13:30

Phosphorus monitoring in wastewater from vegetable processing – Effluent flow measurement and ‘Best Practices Code’

Denis Reydams - Industry Manager Water/Wastewater, Endress+Hauser Belgium & Luxembourg

13:30 – 14:30

Sandwich lunch at the stand (TNAV) is a Flemish federation of water technology companies. Our organisation creates a platform where Flanders ‘academia‘ and ‘industry‘ meet to broaden their viewpoint on the local and global water industry.

VMx vzw is the professional association for all environmental professionals (environmental coordinators, environmental experts, EIA experts, ...). The core tasks of this member association with nearly 900 members are: advocacy, information provision, continuous training and networking.

essenscia is the Belgian sector federation of the chemical industry and the life sciences. The organization represents the specific interests of companies active in chemistry, plastics, pharmaceuticals and biotech.

Fevia, the federation of the Belgian food industry, represents 27 sectors and more than 700 member companies, which together account for almost 90% of the employment and turnover of the Belgian food industry. It is our mission, in consultation with all stakeholders, to guide and support the Belgian food industry in creating sustainable value.


  • Students: € 25
  • members: € 50
  • Members of partners (VMX, essenscia and Fevia): €75
  • Non-members: € 100
  • Registration mandatory

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