ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The International Desalination Association (IDA) is supporting the International Water Summit (IWS) as a Knowledge Partner for the second year, according to a press release on Digital Journal.

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The IDA is organizing several sessions for the summit, slated for Jan. 20-22 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, noted the release.

The desalination sessions will be held on Jan. 21 and 22 and provide insights on low energy desalination technologies and their strategic selection with a special focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region and the evaluation system, the release reported.

According to the release, the IWS aims to open new opportunities for global leaders, scientists, innovators and environmental experts to work together to make recommendations and improvements within the desalination industry.

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"In the last 20 years, the evolution of desalination technologies has significantly reduced energy consumption and the cost of water," said IDA President Dr. Abdullah Al-Alshaikh. "Technological innovation — from growth in new technologies to development of renewable sources of energy to power desalination — is the key factor in optimizing water and energy costs worldwide. Increasing energy efficiency remains a goal for the industry as we chart the course to sustainable desalination."

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