Joke Cuperus

Presentatie 71e Vakantiecursus
De waarde van watertechnologie
Joke Cuperus, voorzitter van TKI Watertechnologie en CEO van drinkwaterbedrijf PWN, presenteert de rol van TKI Watertechnologie in de watersector.

Het TKI Watertechnologie is een van de drie TKI’s binnen de Topsector Water & Maritiem. TKI staat voor Topconsortia Kennis en Innovatie. De topconsortia streven naar het oplossen van wateruitdagingen om de wereldwelvaart te verhogen.

In haar verhaal gaat Joke Cuperus in op de betekenis van TKI Watertechnologie voor de waterkwaliteit in Nederland. Daarbij geeft zij inzicht in de organisatie en procedures van het consortium. Ook bespreekt ze de economische meerwaarde van watertechnologie voor de Nederlandse economie. Die blijkt onomstotelijk uit de resultaten van het onderzoeksrapport ‘Economische kansen en hoogwaardige kennis in water’. Andere onderwerpen die aan bod komen, zijn het belang van innovatie in een technologisch georiënteerde sector als de watertechnologie, cross sectorale samenwerking en de ambitie van TKI om nationaal en internationaal nog meer zichtbaar te worden. Met een groot aantal bedrijven en organisaties en evenzoveel innovatiekracht, is de watertechnologie in Nederland een sector om trots op te zijn.

Over de spreker
Joke Cuperus is CEO of PWN Water Supply Company and CEO a.i. of PWNT. Ms Cuperus is an experienced change manager with an extensive management/administrative track record in a political/administrative environment where policy and implementation come together. She is a result driven innovator and inspirational team player with a quest for continuous improvement and new opportunities.  She takes special interest in public works, water management, spatial planning, health and safety, environmental and economic affairs. Before working at PWN and PWNT, Joke Cuperus worked as a Head Engineer-Director Rijkswaterstaat East Netherlands. She was also responsible for the HID Programme ‘Ruimte voor de Rivier’ (Space for The River) at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

She also serves as a member of several supervisory boards, including the ROC Nova College Haarlem, BRAK! IJmuiden and TKI Water Technology.

The most important contribution – the delivery of pure drinking water – is the bedrock of PWN’s existence as a company. PWN also manages over 7,300 hectares of dune and nature conservation areas in the Province of North Holland for the current and future generations. For both activities PWN has been certified in conformity with international standards. Other important topical CSR themes at PWN include CO2-neutral operations, sustainable innovations and contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (of the United Nations) and reducing plastic waste by installing public water tapping points. The directive NEN-ISO 26000 forms the framework for all CSR activities within its organisation.

PWN is a public company that carries out public tasks on a not-for-profit basis. Working in partnership with relevant stakeholders forms a vital aspect of this. PWN puts a lot of energy into building up, improving and managing relationships with them. It sets out to understand and recognise the interests, needs and expectations of stakeholders and finds a balance between those interests and the interest of PWN. In all of its activities PWN comes into contact with stakeholders, which makes them highly varied. This includes not only the Province of North Holland and the 50 municipalities, but also organisations such as the water boards, the Dutch Society for Birds Protection  and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management and of course PWN’s customers.

PWNT B.V. is a full subsidiary of water supply company PWN North-Holland and was founded in 2009 to make the knowledge, technology and developed innovations in water treatment globally available. Parent company PWN, has existed and has experience for more than 98 years in a constrained and challenging environment. The water source and service area is at the very end of the Rhine River delta and surrounded by the sea. The source water has been the Rhine River which for most of the 21st century was extremely polluted and still is today, containing elevated levels of salt and micropollutants like pesticides, pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors. The Rhine River flows through the most densely populated and most heavily industrialised regions in Europe. To survive with this impaired water source, PWN had to be highly innovative by developing its own technologies as no practical implementable solution was available on the market. This is extraordinarily rare for a public water supply company. Now PWNT develops these technologies and implements them full-scale, and make it possible for thousands of utilities to make use of these highly efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies. In 2018, the commissioning of three international drinking water installations will be completed, that will feature PWNT’s technologies: PUB’s CCK in Singapore, South West Water’s Mayflower in Plymouth UK and Energie Wasser Luzern in Switzerland.