The Report focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential responses to climate change, considering adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience that can be addressed through improving water management.
Combining climate change adaptation and mitigation through water is a win-win proposal, improving the provision of water supply and sanitation services and combating both the causes and impacts of climate change, including disaster risk reduction.
The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) released a video about the upcoming report. Click here to watch.
International Water Dialogues Days
During the first International Water Dialogues Days (IWD) on the 20th and 21st of April 2020 organised by Water Europe, the Report will be presented during a keynote session by WWAP.
The session will occur on Monday, 20th of April, at noon at the BluePoint Conference Centre, in Brussels. To learn more about IWD and how to participate in the event, click here.Read More
Technical experts from EU-funded projects, water authorities and policymakers have agreed that reference to the circular economy, emerging pollutants, storm water overflows and monitoring would need strengthening in any revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment (UWWT) Directive.
Difficulties in adapting
Many Member States are still struggling to reach compliance with the 30-year-old Directive, which has been undergoing a refit evaluation to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to adapt to societal needs.
The meeting provided policymakers with vital feedback for updating the legislation in a number of areas. Through dedicated workshops, experts addressed in particular, four specific topics, circular economy, emerging pollutants, storm water overflows and monitoring.
To reach a circular economy in the water cycle, Cetaqua’s CEO Carlos Montero, supported the concept of bio-factories as a new sustainable model. These factories would promote the reuse and recovery of waste, he said. It was universally agreed that the circular economy should be embedded in the revised Directive.
Experts also discussed pollutants of emerging concern, including drug residues and micro plastics. Legislation for shared responsibility under a revised Directive could meet these challenges but it must cover the entire value chain – from producers to consumers.
On urban run-off and storm water overflows, experts agreed on the need for a more integrated approach amongst relevant stakeholders to lessen the impact of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in a cost-effective manner.
Water quality monitoring was identified as critical to providing the data required for safeguarding the environment against adverse effects from contamination.
All meeting participants were subsequently polled on the above issues and their feedback was very much in line with the workshop experts.
The two-day meeting also showcased 19 LIFE projects as well as 7 mature Horizon 2020 projects on a variety of waste water topics.
In fact, participants had an insight into some of these projects during the site visits where LIFE projects were showcased. 50 people visited the Barcelona Waste Water Treatment Plant which incorporated two LIFE projects, LIFE ENRICH and LIFE aWARE, demonstrating resource recovery and removal of emerging pollutants.
In addition, 30 people visited the LIFE iBATHWATER project which, simultaneously demonstrated new techniques for dealing with storm water overflows and advanced monitoring.
All the LIFE and Horizon 2020 projects present at the meeting can also influence future policies by showing decision makers what is already feasible in waste water treatment and crucially, what bottlenecks still need to be addressed.
“These EU-funded projects allow us to move towards a circular economy in the water cycle. They are helping ensure the sustainability of the water cycle, which will benefit society and the environment,” explained Cetaqua’s Technical Director, Xavier Bernat.Read More
The European Commission recently launched the 2020 edition of Horizon Impact Award – a prize dedicated to EU-funded projects whose results have created societal impact across Europe and beyond.
The prize acknowledges and rewards the most influential and impactful project results under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, and its predecessor, the 7th Framework programme (FP7, 2007-2013).
The prize will highlight concrete achievements that have demonstrable value for society, and will celebrate the people who made it happen. The contest is open only to FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects that are closed and that can provide proof of their impact. Each of the five winners will receive €10 000.
The contest is open for applications until 2 April 2020, and the winners will be announced at the European Research and Innovation Days in Brussels in September.
Click here to learn more and apply.Read More
A substantial increase to the European Innovation Council Pilot budget is estimated to be taken on by the European Commission in March 2020, to support disruptive and market-creating innovation and high-tech SMEs to scale-up, preparing the foundation of a well focused programme in Horizon Europe.
An one-off EIC Accelerator call for Green Deal start-ups and SMEs is also foreseeable, for which SMEs applicants submitting for the 19th May 2020 cut-off will need to demonstrate how their innovation contributes to the goals of the European Green Deal and its elements, while the 7th October 2020 cut-off for the EIC Accelerator Pilot will remain open to all kind of innovations.
Further opportunities for companies with women CEOs are also expected, to ensure that 25% of all selected applicants in the EIC Accelerator Pilot are women-led companies. In addition, should the first round evaluation show that a minimum of 25% of companies selected for the final-stage interviews are not led by women, additional interviews will be planned.
The EC is expected to publish the amended version of the EIC Work Programme by the end of February, while the final version should come to light by the end of March, replacing the organisation for 2020 of the existing EIC Pilot Work Programme 2018 – 2020.Read More
On 29 January 2020, the Working Group Water Security organised a workshop on Quantitative Assessment of Water Security. The workshop was hosted by KWR Water Research Institute in the Netherlands.
The co-leaders of the Working Group, Jan Hofman (University of Bath and KWR) and Blanca Antizar (Isle Utilities) chaired the day. Over 20 participants from different places in Europe came to Nieuwegein to join the workshop which was focused on developing a methodology for the assessment of water security.
The Working Group was able to line up a great panel of high level keynote speakers from key global organisations working on water security. After their keynote speeches, a panel discussion followed, with Blanca Antizar as moderator, during which the complexity of Water Security was further underlined, as were the wider connections with other sectors such as agricultural and industrial and the general economic development.
It was mentioned that already some assessment methodologies are available and the panel considered it important to investigate how these assessments are implemented and whether they can form the basis for further development.
Water Security assessment framework
A key item was the actual application of a Water Security assessment framework. Often political leaders develop long-term goals as an incentive for improvement, but in many cases the actual concrete actions to achieve them are missing, as well as the metrics to determine if they have been achieved or data availability might be an issue.
The afternoon programme included interactive sessions where the participants could contribute to the development of indicators for evaluating water security. The break-out groups were aligned along the main themes of water security:
- Availability of water;
- Biodiversity and ecosystems;
- Protection against water-related disasters and socio-economic factors.
The results of the workshop will be used for developing a white paper, a task the Working Group ‘Water Security’ has set for itself. The importance of the white paper is to put ‘Water Security’ on the agenda for the future.
What initiatives are taken to assess water security? How will they be used to provide guidance on the development of water governance and a pro-active approach for improving water security? Where are gaps in knowledge requiring further research?
The answers to these questions are important to deliver a Water Smart Society and for the positioning of the European water sector around the Green Deal.Read More
The Spanish company GoAigua, with comprehensive experience in water innovation, is now Idrica, the new leading company in digital transformation for the water industry, providing services and technological solutions for the water cycle management.
The newly launched company is born with a brand engineering division with experience in management, operation, and maintenance, engineering, and consultancy.
GoAigua is now Idrica’s smart water technology, a modular, scalable and vendor-agnostic solution. It helps build smart decision systems in organisations and provides each client with a holistic view of the entire water cycle. The technology provided by Idrica transforms the water cycle management in the areas of drinking water, wastewater, and irrigation.
GoAigua won the Digital Water prize at the Water Europe Innovation Awards 2019. The Awards aim to support the implementation of the Water Europe Vision “The value of water: towards a future-proof model for a European water-smart society” by raising the visibility of new innovative water-related approaches, solutions, and technologies with high market or high-value application potential.
In an interview for Water Europe, Chema Nebot García, GoAigua Business Department Director, talked about GoAigua milestones since the award. You can watch the full interview, along with the other four winners on the Water Europe YouTube page.
Idrica offers high added-value services, such as Master Plans, Digital Transformation, Non-Revenue Water reduction, Smart Metering Roll-out and analytics, Digital Twin, project management, technical support, energy efficiency and water networks and infrastructures management.Read More
The main recommendations address areas with the highest potential gains, including bioenergy, nature-based solutions, the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform, and the overall policy process. The recommendations are illustrated with SIM4NEXUS case studies.
SIM4NEXUS has accompanied the launch of the European Green Deal as a means to improve coherence and synergies between the different EU policies. Over the past three years, the SIM4NEXUS project has aimed for a similar purpose, based on 12 case studies at regional, national, EU and global levels.Read More
Dear Water Europe family,
It is almost no news anymore but loses nonetheless none of its extraordinary impact value that the World Economic Forum recognizes for the 9th consecutive time water crises as one of the top ten societal challenges. You would expect to see, after 9 years, a reflection of the water crises and most importantly, new ways of looking at water governance and management as means of dealing with them, in the European policies, particularly after the launch of the EU Green Deal and Horizon Europe.
We at Water Europe are confirmed in our convictions, so there is little risk of us failing or walking off track. If only the world leaders, beyond crises, recognized the full Value of Water.
‘A Water-Smart society for a European Green deal’ will be the central theme of the 2020 edition of Water Innovation Europe, the annual flagship conference of Water Europe. WIE2020 will raise awareness of the value of water for The Green Deal in technologies, sustainable solutions and new businesses making sure that the 1 trillion euros is properly invested, and all potential actors and means are put in place.
The Water Europe board has decided in its last meeting that we should go beyond simply promoting the value of water but also put in place the drivers for innovation in European Water legislation based on our Water Vision and our societal responsibility, considering what is technologically possible and commercially realistic. To collaborate in these tasks and increase our effectiveness our team in Brussels will be shortly joined by a new Water Policy Innovation Officer.
I have no doubt 2020 will be yet another interesting year for the water sector and hope that we will be able to make an impact, promote research and innovation and hopefully also have tangible results, we can share with you. Looking ahead you might consider marking already some of the important events and milestones for the first half of the year on your calendars:
Our Working Groups are buzzing with activity. The Working Group on Water Security has scheduled a Workshop on Water Security at the KWR premises on the 29th of January.
A new edition of Water Market Europe 2020 will be taking place on the 18 and 19 March in Brussels. This specific edition will address the burning issue of ‘Digital and cybersecurity solutions for utilities and industries’.
As part of our International Water Dialogues Programme, we will be organising the International Water Dialogues Days on the 20 and 21st of April. This new annual event will advocate for the role that the EU and European water sector actors can play in achieving the 2030 Agenda, in particular, SDG 6 and other water-related targets, and to set-up an action plan for Europe and beyond.
You know my fixation with the ultimate goal of Water Europe which is no other than applying, and/or taking to market the knowledge for which we constantly advocate and try to create a European podium. This is our definition of the term, innovation.
As a practical example of this statement, the five winners we awarded for their innovative solutions at the last Water Europe Innovation Awards 2019 six months ago, take the time in this edition to share with us their exciting developments and news since then. Enjoy them.
Have a great 2020, and do not forget why the effort each and everyone in this large and growing family puts every day in promoting and defending water is valuable and necessary.
New year, new activities. On 20 and 21 April, Water Europe is launching the first International Water Dialogue Days conference with the aim to advocate for the role that the EU and European water sector actors can play in achieving the 2030 Agenda, in particular SDG6 and other water-related targets.
In particular, the conference aspires to set-up an action plan for Europe and beyond to realize the value of water for our society and economy towards achieving a Water-Smart Society in line with the 2030 Agenda.
The event’s programme will become available soon. To learn more on the WE IWDs, click here.Read More
Global Water Summit: Madrid, 29th – 31st March 2020
Water leaders meet in Madrid for expert insight
Water Europe is glad to partner again with Global Water Intelligence ahead of their Global Water Summit 2020, taking place on the 29-31 March 2020 in Madrid. Senior executives from around the world are gathering at the Summit to take action on the crucial challenges facing the water industry today. The Summit is the best opportunity this year to connect with like-minded water leaders and decision makers who are ready to act on the emerging trends and resulting business opportunities across the supply chain. If you only attend one conference this year, make it the Global Water Summit 2020. Register before 31st January to save even more with the early bird discount here.
This Month’s Featured Speakers
- Oman – Ahmed Al-Mazrouy, CEO of Majis Industrial Services
- USA – Andrew Benedek, Chairman and CEO of Anaergia
- Brazil – Benedito Braga, Former President of the World Water Council
- Spain – Blanca Antizar, Director of Consultancy for Isle Group Ltd
- Morocco – Charafat Afailal, Former Minister of Water at the Government of Morocco
- Hong Kong – Chau Sai-Wai, Deputy Director of Water Supplies of Hong Kong SAR Government
- Brazil – Guilherme Albuquerque, Head of Public-Private Partnerships Department for BNDES
- UK – Heidi Mottram, CEO of Northumbrian Water
- India – Hishmi Jamil Husain, Head of Environment and Forest Management at Tata Steel Ltd.
- Germany – Jorg Simon, Vice President for the German Association of Energy and Water Industries
- Netherlands – Lisa Maria Brand, CTO and Co-founder of LG Sonic
- Canada – Mike Dixon, CEO of Synauta
- Australia – Pat McCafferty, Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water
- New Zealand – Raveen Jaduram, CEO of Watercare Services
- Middle East – Vincent Baujat, Executive Vice President of Veolia Water Technologies
- Keynote Speaker – Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever
View the full 2020 Speaker Gallery: www.watermeetsmoney.com/2020-speakers
Who attends the Global Water Summit?
43% Europe – 24% Middle East & Africa – 12% Asia-Pacific – 21% America
- Industrial end users
- Utilities and Municipalities
- Systems Integrators/ EPC Contractors
- Project Developers/ Investors
- Equipment Suppliers
- Government representatives
Tailor your Global Water Summit visit to your priorities
At the Summit, you have the tools you need to meet people who are going to be crucial to your business growth in the coming years at the event. Focused sessions enable you to connect with the right people, at the right time. The Summit is a unique opportunity for senior executives who want to develop their business, understand how their core markets are developing, and stay ahead of the competition by forging new business connections with the 750+ executives who attend from around the world.
The delegate Networking App allows you to arrange and schedule meetings ahead of, during, and after the event.
Consistently highly-rated by returning delegates, expert speakers lead tables of tightly focused discussions on emerging trends in the industry.
Expert-lead, interactive presentations and discussions with people from across the supply chain, exploring the most urgent challenges.
Global Water Awards 2020 – Nominations are now open, visit the dedicated awards website for more information and to submit your nominations. Nominations close on 31st January 2020.Read More