2024-02-29 04:50Press release

Water takes centre stage at UNEA-6: Ragn-Sells showcases solutions for water resilience

Water sustainability and security will be the focal point at the 6th General Assembly Session of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), commonly known as UNEA-6. Taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, the event will host a significant side-event, "Shaping a water-resilient world, with water security for all", co-hosted by Water Europe, the European Commission, and UNEP. 

The event, scheduled for March 1st, aims to address critical issues such as promoting action on water resilience, building water-smart societies, and discussing the consequences of unsustainable water management and ecosystem degradation. The Swedish environmental company Ragn-Sells is proud to contribute transformative waste solutions, highlighting its role in building water resilience. 

- Today, we are wasting the majority of our water, containing valuable resources such as energy, nitrogen, and phosphorus. At UNEA-6, a global water treaty is on the table, offering a starting point for creating water resilience and security for all. So, if we are serious about creating a sustainable society, let's unite and start seeing wastewater treatment plants as a Resource Plant, says Pär Larshans, Chief Sustainability Officer at Ragn-Sells. 

Pär Larshans, Director of Sustainability at the environmental company Ragn-Sells

Pär Larshans, Chief Sustainability Officer at the environmental company Ragn-Sells

The event,  aims to contribute tangibly to the preparations for the UN Water Conference in 2026 featuring speakers including: Johan Rockström, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Virginijus Sinkevicius  Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission, Tina Mrilinani, Founder and Executive Director, Women4Biodiversity, Pär Larshans, Chief Sustainability Officer,Ragn-Sells, Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President, European Investment Bank, Inge Retnowati, Director for Inland Waters and Mangrove Rehabilitation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia, Sibi Lawson-Marriott, Senior Advisor, World Food Programme (WFP) and Tim Kasten, Director of the Policy and Programme Division, UNEP.

For more information about the programme, visit UNEP's official website  

Key points that will be presented by Ragn-Sells at UNEA-6: 

1. Implementing "Resource Plant" principles: 
Advocating for the incorporation of "Resource Plant" principles in society, emphasising the importance of efficiently utilising the value in water. Phosphorus, an indispensable resource, takes centre stage in this approach. 

2. Supporting UNEP's ambition in the Colombo Declaration: 
The importance to support UNEP's ambitious goal outlined in the Colombo Declaration to globally reduce nitrogen losses by half through large-scale production of "white ammonia" – a recycled nitrogen sourced from wastewater, turning an environmental problem into a sustainable solution. 

3. WEFE Nexus focus for circular transformation: 
Emphasising the WEFE Nexus (Water Energy Food Ecosystem) to meet the food demands of 10 billion people by 2050, especially as urbanisation increases. Ragn-Sells, through the www.10billionchallenge.org initiative, advocates for a circular transformation. 

4. Innovative aquaculture practices: 
Highlighting the collection of fish poop and sludge in aquaculture to boost food production while mitigating the risk of eutrophication. Ragn-Sells emphasises moving away from linear thinking and implementing circular processes in wastewater treatment plants. 

For more information, interviews etc., please contact:  
Pär Larshans, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ragn-Sells Group, +46 (0)70-927 29 63, par.larshans@ragnsells.com
Emma Ranerfors, Press Officer, Ragn-Sells Group, +46 (0)10-927 24 16, press@ragnsells.com

About Ragn-Sells Group

The environmental company Ragn-Sells converts waste into raw materials that can be used over and over again. Ragn-Sells drives the transition to a circular economy through solutions that reduce its own and other actors' environmental and climate impact. Ragn-Sells wants to be living proof that caring for the earth and business go hand in hand. Ragn-Sells is a family owned corporate group founded in 1881. The company operates in four countries and employs 2,500 people. In 2022, Ragn-Sells’ turnover was SEK 8.7 billion. www.ragnsells.com


Emma Ranerfors
Press Officer
Emma Ranerfors