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ABOUT

The European FOG Summit is a thought-leadership event hosted by SwiftComply. Now in its third year, the European FOG Summit will take place in the UK for the first time, in Brighton, on 14 October 2021. We are delighted to partner with Southern Water and British Water on this collaborative event.

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 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 to global circular initiatives, and sustainability and zero waste goals.

It is our ambition to use this event to make an impact across the UK water industry for FOG, gathering thought leaders to share and learn from each other. This event will be an example of collaboration, thought leadership and positive change.

ABOUT THE ORGANISERS

SwiftComply launched the first European FOG Summit in 2019 from Amsterdam at Waternet’s headquarters. The second event in 2020 was again hosted in Amsterdam.

Both Southern Water and British Water have played an active and contributing role in our past events. Southern Water has been present at both Summits and has been influential in bringing this event to the UK.

British Water also hosts a bi-annual FOG conference in the UK, that will instead support the EU FOG Summit in 2021.

An event centred on

Hosted from the UK for the first time, this event aims to be an industry impacting event for FOG, welcoming delegates from UK and European water companies, extending to the supply chain, governmental, environmental and circular economy groups and associations.

The one day conference will have a forward focus on the circular economy.

To maximise networking opportunities for delegates joining us, there will be additional events the day prior, 13 October 2021, these are:

  • Welcome networking lunch
  • Tour of Brighton’s Victorian sewers (open to everyone, limited space)
  • Speakers drinks over sunset (speakers and organisers only)
  • Networking dinner (open to everyone)
A WORD FROM THE ORGANISERS
"We are proud to be co-hosting the 2021 European FOG Summit in the coastal city of Brighton and look forward to welcoming experts from the UK and European water companies, the supply chain and governmental, environmental and circular economy groups. We are passionate about using collaboration and thought-leadership as a catalyst for change, which is why the summit will not only facilitate conversation, it will also encourage positive action.

“To ensure inclusivity, we are excited to be presenting this as a hybrid event, which will be digitally broadcasted to delegates who cannot join us in person."

Laura Su
UK Director at SwiftComply
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A WORD FROM THE ORGANISERS
“The smooth operation of our networks and water recycling centres is essential to protect our customers and the environment.

Fat, oil and grease (FOG) can cause blockages to occur and significant disruption to our customers so it’s vital that we continue to share best practice and learn from the successes of others to ensure that we are always improving.

The FOG conference is the perfect way of bringing this ambition to life.”

Ian McAulay
CEO at Southern Water
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A WORD FROM THE ORGANISERS
“We are delighted to be collaborating with SwiftComply and Southern Water on the 2021 European FOG Summit. As chair of the Grease Contractors Association, I can see that some ground-breaking work is taking place across Europe to reduce sewer blockages and protect the environment, including the development of exciting new technologies.

The summit will provide the opportunity for the water industry to share updates and best practice and build on the progress that has already been made. We look forward to joining the conversations.”

Lila Thompson
Chair, Grease Contractors Association, and Chief Executive, British Water
British Water >
A WORD FROM THE ORGANISERS
“It is a great opportunity to be part of the European FOG Summit in the UK in 2021. British Water has held a FOG conference in the UK since 2015 and we are happy to now be collaborating with SwiftComply and Southern Water in bringing the conversation to an even wider audience in Europe and beyond. The 2021 summit gives all stakeholders, including water utilities, municipalities, the supply community and environmental groups, a fantastic opportunity to share insights and learn from each other. Only by combining collaboration, education and innovation will we successfully fight the fatberg globally.”

Mar Batista
Technical Manager at British Water
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Join us in Brighton
- 14 october 2021 -

We’re bringing thought leaders from around the world to discuss the current state of FOG and what the future might hold. The European FOG Summit 2021 will be an event like no other.  

The Summit will take place on 14 October 2021 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton Pier.  Learn more about the venue here

Participants attending in person will also have an opportunity to join networking events, including an exclusive tour of Brighton’s Victorian sewers on 13 October 2021. All networking events will take place on 18 May 2021.

Tickets available from 14th December 2020. In the meantime, be the first to hear about dates, speakers, and early bird offers.  

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A NOTE ON COVID-19


We are actively monitoring the Covid-19 government safety guidelines. Rest assured, this event will only go ahead under the safest conditions. Whilst it is our ambition to create a fruitful environment for delegates to network and meet, we are considering hybrid and digital opportunities. 

All tickets purchased are Covid secure and will be fluid to the situation at the time.  In the event of the Summit not being able to take place, tickets will be refunded or the date postponed.

AGENDA

As the UK and European water industries face growing targets around achieving sustainability and a change towards green and circular operations, we ask a panel of sector leaders their thoughts and how this plays an important role in their strategic decisions.

Interactive session with water company representatives on FOG programmes across the world, the EU and the UK, and what measures they have in place to prevent future FOG blockages.

Focus on preventative, proactive programmes.

FOG research is ongoing around the world. What is the latest, and how can we use research to encourage whole life collaboration with stakeholders.

Collaboration activity. Interactive discussion session. Table activities. 

Opportunity for delegates to share their thoughts and discuss a topic. Around collaboration and creating industry change as a sector?

  • Ventilate on best practice management
  • PAS - 409 2020 control and management - Innovation corner feature? 
  • GCA to present. British Water best practice

PANEL:

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FOG falls under many stakeholder strategies and can play a vital role when it comes to achieving sustainability, environmental, carbon and zero waste goals. 

In this session, we look at local initiatives at city level, upto influencing circular initiatives for FOG across the European water industry. 

FOG is only one part of a more sustainable world. How does FOG fit into the bigger picture of a more sustainable world. We hear from ground-breaking projects on plans for making this a reality.  

A WORD FROM THE DELEGATES

"Bringing people with different background and ideas about the use and/or difficulties that FOG products can present was the most valuable outcome of FOG SUMMIT 2020."
'I got to hang out with 'my people' - talk about impactful regulations, sewer sheep and behavior change as if it were perfectly normal."
"Meeting people from around the world who work in FOG and in sewer pollution is crucial in helping me understand what current best practice is, and how we can implement this in the UK."
"I learned more about situations in different countries and also it was interesting how the Summit was organized. Because I was inspired by this Summit so much that I plan to do an educational FOG forum in Russia. Thanks a lot for your hard work!"
"Being new to the field, the EU FOG Summit allowed me to meet and engage with a diverse range of people from a variety of professional backgrounds. It was a great opportunity to gain as much knowledge as possible in a short amount of time and to gain insight into the newest and most cutting edge research into FOG."
"Great interaction with other delegates. I connected with others for future collaboration, so attending the event was very worthwhile."
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MEET THE SPEAKERS

The SwiftComply story begins in Dublin in 2016, though our roots stretch back to 2008. At this time, Michael O’Dwyer was working as an engineer at Dublin City Council, where he developed Europe’s first fat, oil and grease regulatory programme to solve Dublin’s growing problems with excessive build-up of FOG.

Mick witnessed first-hand how the outdated regulatory processes and fragmented relationships between restaurant owners and regulators hindered virtually all clean-up efforts.

After achieving a staggering 90% reduction in FOG blockages in Dublin, Mick set about creating a tool that would revolutionise how cities around the globe collaborate with the food service industry to solve this problem.

Michael O’Dwyer

CEO
» SwiftComply «

Ian joined Southern Water as CEO in January 2017 and was appointed to the Board from 1 February.

Ian has more than 30 years of global water and environmental experience and a significant record of achievement operating in both publicly quoted FTSE 100/250 companies and privately held enterprises.

Ian holds an honours degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a Chartered Member of the ICE, CIWEM. Throughout his career he has managed major utility, construction and consulting businesses in the UK, Belgium, India and the USA. He has enhanced this practical experience with professional executive education, most notably at Harvard Business School. He has extensive experience in the UK regulated utility, construction and environmental services sectors, holding board positions across a broad range of commercial and statutory organisations.

In his previous role he served as an executive director of the Pennon Group plc and chief executive of its subsidiary company, Viridor, one of the largest renewable energy and recycling companies in the UK.

In a non-executive capacity, he served as an independently appointed member of Greater Manchester Authorities Low Carbon Hub Board and Scottish Government’s 2020 Climate Change Board. He currently chairs the Greater Brighton Infrastructure Panel. He has also provided expert input to Government Review Groups and Industry Partnerships with particular emphasis on the UK skills agenda and development of future smarter regulation and environmental policy.

Ian McAulay

CEO
» Southern Water «

Lila is responsible for British Water’s strategic direction. Lila was formerly responsible for the delivery of British Water’s international services leading scoping and business development visits to a wide range of markets including Saudi Arabia, Libya, Morocco, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, China and India to help companies grow their business overseas.

Lila has more than 20 years of experience driving business growth, policy development and stakeholder engagement in a variety of industry sectors. Lila sits on a number of working groups and is a member of the International Water Association UK committee.

Lila Thompson

CEO
» British Water «

Frederico Fernandes is, since 2015, the CEO of the municipal company responsible for the management of urban water cycle in the city of Porto: Águas do Porto. His main corporate functions include strategic planning, project sponsoring, performance indicators monitoring, IT and innovation management, global budgeting and finance oversee, and institutional relationships.

Previously, between 2014 and 2015, he was member of the Executive Board of this company. Prior to that, he worked in construction and retail companies.

Regarding academic qualifications, Frederico Fernandes obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Porto Business School, and has a master`s degree in Civil Engineering in Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.

Frederico Fernandes

CEO
» Águas do Porto «

Andrea’s career spans over 20 years in the water industry, during which time she has worked in blue chip consultancies, start-up and growth businesses.

She joined Thames Water in September 2018 to lead the Research, Development and Innovation team.

Prior to joining Thames Water, Andrea was the Managing Director, Europe for Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, a leader in the field of nutrient recycling. Earlier in her career she launched an innovation programme in the UK water industry that supported technology commercialisation for over 50 start-up businesses and attracted over £20m venture investment to the sector.

Andrea Gysin

Head of Research, Development and Innovation
» Thames Water «

Tom Curran is a lecturer in UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering at University College Dublin. He was a Fulbright Scholar (TechImpact Award 2017-18) at North Carolina State University to develop an advance warning system for sewer blockages.

He leads the EU Horizon 2020 AgroCycle waste project with 26 partners across Europe and China. He contributes to media articles about fatbergs.

Dr. Tom Curran

Director of MSc Environmental Technology Programme
» UCD «

After finding her way into the industry several years ago, Laura has developed a passion for all things water.

Starting in drinking water, she has experienced the extent of regulation required to drive an efficient water sector and the affects water misuse can impose on human and environmental health.


Joining SwiftComply in 2019 to lead the UK business, Laura has come full circle with the challenges the industry faces. She is an advocate for positive change, alongside a keen supporter of women in water.

Laura Su

UK Business Director
» SwiftComply «

Nikolai is a Senior Officer in ICLEI Europe’s Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience team, working on issues related to circular economy, climate and energy planning and bio-economy since three years. Being part of ICLEI’s European Secretariat, Nikolai works to support local governments in Europe in sustainable urban development through addressing these issues.

Prior to joining ICLEI, Nikolai worked as a Junior Researcher at the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna working on Material Flow Analysis (MFA) and circular economy research. Nikolai began his career as an Intern at the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where he went on to work as a Consultant for several years.

Nikolai Jacobi

Senior Officer
» ICLEI Europe «

Ian joined Southern Water as CEO in January 2017 and was appointed to the Board from 1 February.

Ian has more than 30 years of global water and environmental experience and a significant record of achievement operating in both publicly quoted FTSE 100/250 companies and privately held enterprises.

Ian holds an honours degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a Chartered Member of the ICE, CIWEM. Throughout his career he has managed major utility, construction and consulting businesses in the UK, Belgium, India and the USA. He has enhanced this practical experience with professional executive education, most notably at Harvard Business School. He has extensive experience in the UK regulated utility, construction and environmental services sectors, holding board positions across a broad range of commercial and statutory organisations.

In his previous role he served as an executive director of the Pennon Group plc and chief executive of its subsidiary company, Viridor, one of the largest renewable energy and recycling companies in the UK.

In a non-executive capacity, he served as an independently appointed member of Greater Manchester Authorities Low Carbon Hub Board and Scottish Government’s 2020 Climate Change Board. He currently chairs the Greater Brighton Infrastructure Panel. He has also provided expert input to Government Review Groups and Industry Partnerships with particular emphasis on the UK skills agenda and development of future smarter regulation and environmental policy.

Prof. Peter Hopkins

Professor in Circular Economy and Co-Director Exeter Centre for the Circular Economy
» Exeter University «

With a professional background in the catering, waste and technology industry, Lily has a heart for innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship.

At Suez she has helped governments from different levels such as local municipalities, European Commission and several ministries in Belgium to deal with waste in a responsible and sustainable way. Her ticket to Google in Dublin has opened her eyes when it comes to opportunities that comes with technology to help businesses thrive.

Today at SwiftComply she's a firm believer that that modern environmental challenges can be tackled in an efficient and smart way. Working together with governments, allows her and the entire team to influence and educate mainstream entrepreneurs on the dangers growing below our feet.

Lily Van Hende

Country Manager Europe
» SwiftComply «

Steve has worked since February 2013 for Southern Water as a Network Protection and Enforcement Officer.

One of his primary responsibilities is the FOG & Unflushables Project, where he works as enforcement for the Trade Effluent Department, Tankering, and 3rd Party Recovery.

Steve’s role is to investigate sewer misuse and abuse from both Traders and Food Service Establishments as well as assisting in the investigation of sewer blockages, internal and external flooding, pollutions, and illegal connections. Steve has made contact with major National and International Food Service Establishments to deal with the issue of FOG at a higher level, ensuring a consistent approach across those companies.

Stephen Williams

Network Protection & Enforcement
» Southern Water «

Sara Giorgi has a background on Environmental Engineering and Water Management with a focus on wastewater treatment and works as an energy consultant for Waternet, in Amsterdam.<br><br>She focuses on energy transition and in particular on thermal energy recovery from water (sustainable heat) and its technical and financial feasibility. One of the most relevant projects she is involved with is Strandeiland, an island where circularity is applied to both energy and resources.

Sara Giorgi

Energy Advisor
» Waternet «

SPECIAL THANKS

THE VENUE

From London
Take the M25 motorway to junction 7, signposted M23 (Brighton). Take the M23 southbound. The M23 becomes the A23 and takes you into Brighton. At the roundabout on the A23/A27 take the first turning on the left joining the A27 towards Worthing.

Take the next available junction off the A27 which will be signposted for Hove. At the top of the slip road take the second left off the roundabout and proceed down Dyke Road Avenue (which becomes Dyke Road).

After approximately 1.6 miles, turn right at the traffic lights into The Upper Drive. Follow this road over the next set of lights) junction of Old Shoreham Road - A270) to the end then turn left into The Drive (B2186). Continue straight down to the seafront. At the seafront, turn left, stay on the near side lane and proceed for approximately 1 mile where you will find the red bricked Metropole.

Please note, hotel car park is located in St Margarets Place, Brighton, BN1 2FD. Max height 1.8m.
From Gatwick Airport
From Gatwick Airport, take the M23 southbound, following signs for Brighton. The M23 becomes the A23 and is a direct road into Brighton. Take the M23 southbound.

The M23 becomes the A23 and takes you into Brighton. At the roundabout on the A23/A27 take the first turning on the left joining the A27 towards Worthing. Take the next available junction off the A27 which will be signposted for Hove. At the top of the slip road take the second left off the roundabout and proceed down Dyke Road Avenue (which becomes Dyke Road).

After approximately 1.6 miles, turn right at the traffic lights into The Upper Drive. Follow this road over the next set of lights) junction of Old Shoreham Road - A270) to the end then turn left into The Drive (B2186). Continue straight down to the seafront. At the seafront, turn left, stay on the lane and proceed for approximately 1 mile where you will find the red bricked Metropole.
From Heathrow Airport
From Heathrow Airport take the M25 anticlockwise towards the M23. Join the M23 at junction 7 and follow the M23/A23 to Brighton. Take the M23 southbound.

The M23 becomes the A23 and takes you into Brighton. At the roundabout on the A23/A27 take the first turning on the left joining the A27 towards Worthing. Take the next available junction off the A27 which will be signposted for Hove. At the top of the slip road take the second left off the roundabout and proceed down Dyke Road Avenue (which becomes Dyke Road).

After approximately 1.6 miles, turn right at the traffic lights into The Upper Drive. Follow this road over the next set of lights) junction of Old Shoreham Road - A270) to the end then turn left into The Drive (B2186). Continue straight down to the seafront. At the seafront, turn left, stay on the near side lane and proceed for approximately 1 mile where you will find the red bricked Metropole.
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