Tomorrow Water (d.b.a. BKT) is currently undergoing the process of submitting the Tomorrow Water Project proposal to the UN. The proposal outlines all of the relevant information that are compulsory to the evaluation and decision-making process for the execution of TWP. With the principal objective of facilitating clean water through the global transformation of wastewater from cost stream to profit stream in mind, Tomorrow Water hopes to attain all the necessary measures in soon time for the advancement of the implementation of the new process.
ACHIEVEMENT OF THE INITIATIVE
TWP is a beautiful, profitable, and environmentally advanced wastewater treatment that utilizes proven innovative unit technologies to convert wastewater from cost stream to profit stream. Designed not only to address economic factors but also consequences of global climate change, the TWP provides environmentally and economically sustainable management of wastewater at the highest standards of water quality, previously unfeasible for developing nations. To succeed in the development and globalization of TWP, Tomorrow Water is committing resources toward active pursuit of broad collaboration and expansion of knowledge sharing for the Tomorrow Water Initiative.
The Tomorrow Water Process seeks to minimize the global environmental impact of wastewater treatment while maximizing economic benefits through promoting local tourism, decreasing energy costs, and generating direct income sources in the form of carbon credits, which permit organizations a certain amount of carbon emission allowance, and advanced energy production. Initially focused on developing nations with warm-weather climates, the Tomorrow Water Initiative ultimately hopes to revolutionize wastewater treatment worldwide--encompassing a low-carbon-impact solution that reduces factors aggravating global climate change and facilitates preemptive measures to combat the consequences of natural disasters.
In the first stage, Tomorrow Water will seek to formalize a site at which to construct and operate a test facility to serve as a demonstration hub. For maximum accessibility to future resources, collaborators, and international leaders, an ideal site would be located in a developed country with a tropical or temperate climate similar to that of developing nations but equipped with the additional economic and intellectual resources necessary to support simultaneous technological refinement. During this time, Tomorrow Water will also solidify an advisory board of academic, political, and policy experts to streamline TWP’s technical details and validate its full capabilities—both for the developing world and for developed nations that can adopt some or all of the TWP technologies for energy savings and income generation during the wastewater treatment process.
In the second stage, the established test facility will serve as an origin for technological convergence. Its successful day-to-day operation will stand as further proof of concept for both the unit technologies and overall process while enabling hands-on experimentation to increase the TWP’s adaptability to a greater range of climate conditions and ability to incorporate advanced and alternative technologies. Each success will help accumulate additional development funding, ultimately targeting approval to modify the entirety of the test site’s existing wastewater treatment systems to the Tomorrow Water Process, a comprehensive solution for water reuse, energy production, and waste treatment that will improve urban infrastructure and increase productivity.
In the final stage, Tomorrow Water aspires to cooperate with both intergovernmental agencies and nation-specific government entities in spreading the TWP’s revolutionary technology to all developing nations and encouraging the legislation of supporting policy standards and regulations by the associated National Assemblies. Even more crucial to ensuring continued adoption and global expansion will be parallel support from more advanced or developed nations willing to cooperate in strengthening policy while collecting aid funding for additional research and implementation of TWP.
PLAN FOR CAPACITY-BUILDING AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Currently, limitations to the cutting-edge technological elements of the TWP require taking advantage of the warm temperatures inherent to the climates characteristic of many developing nations near the Equator. To reach its ultimate goal of establishing TWP as an industry standard to provide clean water all over the world, however, Tomorrow Water must first pursue ongoing development of innovative technological solutions that lower cost and increase efficiency for each step of the TWP.
For example, a key advantage of the TWP lies in the core biofiltration technology’s ability to divert carbon from the wastewater stream, maintaining the precise levels necessary to protect the necessary bacteria and algal processes downstream. Calibrated correctly, the interaction between these three distinct processes minimizes energy consumption while producing unprecedented water quality for reuse, simultaneously allowing the diverted carbon to be channeled for energy production through anaerobic digestion, which is the efficient breakdown of biodegradable material by microorganisms.
As it does today, Tomorrow Water will join leading experts in various fields to encourage interdisciplinary discussion about and active collaboration for optimizing each individual component of the TWP and maximizing the efficiency of the overall process. The final goal is a “Net Zero” process that requires zero external energy consumption and zero chemical dosage, demanding significantly lower operating costs by reducing the energy costs, eliminating the chemical costs, and decreasing the sludge volume of traditional processes.
The minimal operating expenses in TWP’s cost structure makes it ideal for use in developing nations whose resources are heavily dependent on foreign and other external sources of aid. Furthermore, by using byproducts as nutrients for fertilization on farms producing flowers and other aesthetically pleasing inedible cash crops, TWP can transform unsightly municipal WWT facilities typically buried in low-income areas into beautiful facilities that enhance the community by doubling as tourist attractions, increasing quality of life and size of the labor force in the local population. These advantages will be crucial in winning the policy and fiscal support of local governments in facilitating community-based training and development to maximize the effectiveness of TWP facilities.
Generation of new revenue streams through tourism, agriculture, and biogas or biomass production alongside salable carbon credits makes each TWP facility uniquely economically and environmentally self-sustaining. This decreased ongoing financial burden frees additional funds for resources to address inherent challenges in the design, construction, and operation of the TWP facility in developing nations—particularly for the education necessary to ensure a successful technology transfer process.
For decades, Tomorrow Water (d.b.a. BKT) has demonstrated its passion in solving environmental issues in various developing nations through direct collaboration with local and central governments and other public and private entities.
In 2013, Tomorrow Water privately funded the construction of a treatment facility utilizing in-house technology for the rehabilitation of Ypacarai Lake, a former national icon of Paraguay; this operation, sanctioned directly by the President’s administration, has since restored the contaminated lake environment to safe recreational waters and viable marine habitat.
Today, as a key consultant in the Vietnamese government’s “Capacity Building Project” and Malaysia’s Klang River Restoration Project, Tomorrow Water also influences the creation of nationally significant environmental policy and infrastructure planning. Having thus obtained unparalleled understanding of the challenges and needs specific to these and other developing countries, Tomorrow Water feels deeply responsible for continuing the pursuit of innovative solutions for the sustainable management of water and sanitation worldwide.
To do so, Tomorrow Water is determined to prioritize progress before profit in coordinating the development and expansion of the Tomorrow Water Initiative. Experts in unique advantages of TWP’s core technologies, Tomorrow Water’s engineering team is primed for identifying ongoing opportunities for innovation in optimizing the integrated TWP. Moving forward, BKT intends to establish and maintain partnerships with a variety of research institutions, exploring new channels of collaboration amongst an existing global network that includes Anammox and biotechnology pioneer, Dr. Okabe of Tokyo University, and other academics from Yale University and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
Not only does Tomorrow Water hope to promote global collaboration with such knowledge sharing but also by forging a strategic network with entrusted interests in shared environmental, policy, and economic goals for sustainable development. Among those to whom BKT has already reached out are top decision-makers in the municipal wastewater industry, government leadership in Asia and North America, as well as prominent non-profit organizations affiliated with the UN and forums focused on examining relevant policy discussion.
As the technological and ideological cornerstone of Tomorrow Water, we seeks to continue expanding the global network of public and private entities whose common goals can be bridged through its role as coordinator of the initiative’s tangible operations. The resulting combined effort of intent will be necessary in earning support from the National Assemblies to institute this initiative, ultimately empowering the institution of lasting policy changes within the government of each operating nation.
BKT Ranked Number One in SDG Business Index
Nov. 20th, 2017, BKT ranked number one group in UN’s SDGBI (Sustainable Development Growth Business Index announced by the UN-sponsored SDGs Korea Association, a special advisory body to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The '2017 SDGBI' was an evaluation of 320 domestic major corporations and public institutions. This time, 56 companies were included in the top group and 142 companies were newly incorporated in the index.
The '2017 SDGBI' is an evaluation of 320 domestic major corporations and public institutions . This time, 56 companies were included in the top group and 142 companies were newly incorporated in the index.
BKT (sewage treatment and environment sector), CJ CheilJedang (manufacturing, food and beverage division), KT (broadcasting, communication and information service sector), and POSCO (manufacturing and steel sector) constituted the most prestigious number one group.
Among the outstanding groups were Hyundai Engineering (construction and engineering), SK Hynix (manufacturing, electronics equipment semiconductor), Lotte Chemical (manufacturing, petrochemical) and Korea Water Resources Corporation (public sector).
Focusing on the global sustainable development goal (SDGs) set by 193 UN member countries in 2015, SDGBI is an evaluation of the activity of major corporations and public institutions. SDGBI extends the sustainability evaluation index of existing companies to the entire economy, society, and environment.
This index was based on the Confirmation of Written Statement formally submitted by the association to the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 2015 and 2016. It was formally established in consultation with Special Advisor to the 2015 Post Secretary General (Ms. Amina J. Mohammed) during the 70th UN General Assembly in 2015.
Since the social and economic environment of each country in which the company is founded is different, the United Nations agencies and advisory bodies in these countries are to select model companies and institutions based on 17 SDG goals. At the "UN launch ceremony for SDGs in Seoul," held on August 26, 2015 in Seoul, Korea, CEOs and executives of major global companies declared their participation in the SDGBI and signed an agreement.
Companies included in the index can participate in UN SDGs activities, as well as submit official statements to high-level meetings of the Economic and Social Council. In addition, companies include in the index can participate in the United Nations partnership platform activities and global initiatives, consult with governments on sustainable development policies, and use the official logo of the SDG Business Index.