Last week, the five Water Europe Innovation Awards 2019 winners had been revealed. Who are they? What are their innovative water-related approaches, solutions, and technologies?
Here are the five Winners of the WIE2019 Awards:
- Water technology & infrastructure prize: IDEXX Laboratories
- Digital Water Prize: GoAigua
- SMEs Prize: bNovate Technologies SA
- Global Water Challenges Prize: Hydraloop Systems – Smart water savings
- Water Governance Prize: Water Services Corporation – Malta
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The Water Innovation Europe 2019 edition “Water meets Energy, Energy meets Water” was successfully concluded on the 13th of June in Brussels with about 230 participants joining us from the water & energy sector.
Four-panel sessions followed addressing: The common challenges; Water & energy services interlinkages; What the water & energy sectors can learn from each other and the actions required to achieve a Water-Energy Smart Society with keynote speeches and interactive discussions
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In collaboration with the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme, the Water Europe Working Group ‘ Water Beyond Europe’ launched its new publication that focuses on the theme “Water in the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development: How can Europe act?’’ and comes to highlight the importance of SDGs for all the aspects of our society and even more the central role that water plays in the SDG architecture.
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During the Water Innovation Europe 2019 conference, the publication ‘Atlas of European WoLLS’ saw the light as a living tool, intended to support Water Europe, its Vision Leaderships and Members, and the water-sector stakeholders to develop further engagements for setting up long term coalition and collaboration schema with the existing WoLLs, promoting the exploration of innovative solutions in real-life testing environment, facilitating the market outreach of advanced innovations, and supporting the creation of new WoLLs for the realisation of the Water Europe Vision and SIRA, towards the achievement of the European Water-Smart Society.
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On Thursday 16 May, during EU Green Week – Europe’s biggest environmental event – the LIFE programme announced the winners of the 2018 LIFE Awards. The three winners come from Italy (Nature category), Spain (Environment category), and Greece (Climate Action category).
LIFE AWARDS WINNERS
From 15 finalists, three exceptional projects have been selected as this year’s LIFE Awards winners. The awards were presented by Mr Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Environment, and Ms Yvon Slingenberg, Director of International Mainstreaming and Policy Coordination, Directorate General for Climate Action.
The winning projects were chosen for their contribution to environmental, economic and social improvements, paying special attention to their innovation, replicability, relevance to policy and cost effectiveness.
LIFE Award for Nature:
- LIFE WOLFALPS (Italy) – coordinated conservation actions in the Alpine regions of France, Italy and Slovenia. Minimising conflict with people has helped increase the number of wolf packs and the species’ range.
LIFE Award for Environment:
- LIFEAGROINTEGRA (Spain) – showed that integrated pest management is a viable alternative to chemical pesticides on farms. Pesticide use was almost halved in pilot areas where farmers turned to natural predators, cover crops and other methods instead.
LIFE Award for Climate Action:
- oLIVE-CLIMA (Greece) – worked closely with farmers in Greece to boost the net ecosystem carbon balance through sustainable farming techniques that are adapted to climate change. Aspects of the country’s rural development programme have been revised to take the project’s lessons into account.
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The third-panel session on “Water & energy services: what can they learn from each other” will be moderated by Lydia Vamvakeridou Lyroudia, WssTP Working Group Leader: Water & Energy and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Water Systems (University of Exeter)
Water and energy utilities and services are both critical infrastructures: both are subject to similar security (physical and cybersecurity) issues; they are providers to households and interact directly with citizen customers, in terms of pricing, bills and services; they are facing digitalisation for their operational management; they are on the receiving end of climate change impacts that will affect customer demand; they are also interacting. In general the energy sector is bigger and less fragmented than the water sector. It is also implementing faster the digitalisation requirements. When it comes to legislation, both water and energy utilities are facing similar regulatory issues and are supervised by regulatory bodies.
During this panel, we will explore:
- Campaigns and incentives targeting customer interaction and awareness for water and energy saving-changing and influencing behaviour. This issue will also need to focus on hot water use at household and industrial level. What has been done so far? What can be done in the future? Can certain actions be coordinated for both? Can they exchange data and information to lead to better results for customer awareness and environmentally friendly behaviour? Can this have an impact on water and energy pricing?
- The water sector entering energy production (e.g. through waste water recycled energy). Are there any practices that would benefit both?
- Security issues. How do they face them in the energy and water domain? Can they combine efforts (e.g. for cybersecurity?)
- What are the main issues (e.g. barriers) that they would need to overcome to be able to develop synergies for data share and data exchange, interoperability, customer awareness campaigns, combined response to threats, risk management?
- Success stories: Are there any examples where synergies between the water and energy sector yielded beneficial results for the customers and the environment?
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Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns the new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published early in May.
Compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years, with inputs from another 310 contributing authors, the Report assesses changes over the past five decades, providing a comprehensive picture of the relationship between economic development pathways and their impacts on nature. It also offers a range of possible scenarios for the coming decades.
Water has been mentioned 104 times in the report which highlights, among others, that ‘Over 80 per cent of global wastewater is being discharged back into the environment without treatment, while 300–400 million tons of heavy metals, solvents, toxic sludge and other wastes from industrial facilities are dumped into the world’s waters each year”.
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The Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA) has been commissioned by the Norwegian Environment Agency to conduct a small study in 2019 examining the feasibility of using citizen science and / or crowdsourcing in support of Water Framework Directive work onwards in Norway.
A part of the study is to collect international examples, “good and less good”, to describe what has been tested and/or used elsewhere, whether as web services or smartphone apps or both, with success or without success. We seek both the more natural science oriented applications, and the applications that are more oriented towards viewpoint/opinions, eg proposals for measures.
Also services and applications directly targeting the official public consultation process is wanted. The survey will take less than a minute to complete!
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The second session of WIE2019 will be dedicated to “Water & energy services interlinkages”. Floor Brouwer, WssTP Working Group Leader “Water-Energy-Food” Biodiversity Nexus & Environmental Economist at WUR, will moderate the session presenting examples of key interlinkages between water and energy nexus.
Water & energy services are strongly interlinked. The provision of energy services is very dependent upon the availability of sufficient water of good quality. Similarly, the provision of water services requires energy. The transition towards a low-carbon and green economy will involve energy saving actions, improving energy efficiency and increasing energy production from renewable sources. Is there potential for synergies with the water sector and how could they be achieved (e.g. joint investments)?
The Session will present examples of key interlinkages between water and energy. Moreover, examples are presented regarding water innovations in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
During this panel, we will explore:
- Regulations, legislation and governance: how systematic promotion of mutually reinforcing policy actions across government and agencies can create synergies between the water and energy sectors?
- Principles and trends of water and energy pricing (considering water and energy savings) and how this affects customer behaviour. Is water pricing different from energy pricing?
- Examples of key interlinkages between water and energy – what is the future of renewable energy in Europe and is the potential for water saving increasing?
- The future of renewable energy has potential for water saving – are there synergies and trade-offs between water and energy? What are the main threats that need to be resolved? What synergies between energy and water services are established in urban development?
For more information about the second session panellists, please read our latest WssTP announcement HERE
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Last week to register for the WssTP Innovation Awards! WssTP Awards open their doors to diverse areas of expertise, as five different prize categories are featured, giving this way the opportunity to applicants to stand out in their respective fields of specialization.
WssTP Awards Categories
SME Prize: that are innovative both in terms of the solutions and the technologies they create and the way they market themselves and/or their solutions.
Water Governance Prize: Successful governance solutions
Technology & Ιnfrastructure Prize: Innovative technologies related to all aspects of the water cycle.
Digital Water Prize: Solutions providing digital value to water.
Global Water Challenges Prize:Water Innovative initiatives following the Sustainable Development goals.
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