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
In June 2020, the second group of the European Junior Water Programme (EJWP2) will start with their two-year adventure. The European Junior Water Programme offers a unique opportunity for young professionals to boost their career in the European water management. It is designed to provide participants with the tools, the skills and the appropriate cocreation and cooperation network to find new solutions and share knowledge for the purpose of creating and maintaining a sustainable and safe water management system in Europe.
The second EJWP Group will kick-off at the Water Innovation Europe 2020 conference dedicated to the theme ‘ A Water-Smart Society for a Green Deal’ taking place on the 17 and 18 June in Brussels.
The early bird EJWP registration has been closed but the next and final deadline to register is 1 March! There are still a few spots left so make sure to register and work together towards building a water smart society in Europe. Want to know more about the registration criteria? Click here.Read More
Why is it important to have a Working Group dedicated to the theme of ‘Water Distribution Infrastructure’?
As we all know, it is projected that more than 2/3 of the world population will live in urban areas by 2050 while water use is projected to increase by 20-30%. Urban water infrastructure is globally deteriorating due to under-investment in maintenance and development of the networks, and digitalisation and intelligence of water distribution and waste water management are lagging behind most other sectors of the economy.
Cross-industry open innovation is required to boost the transformation of our water infrastructure to sustain urban growth, to ensure sustained access to high-quality drinking water and to improve the cost-efficiency of water supply.
What are the main priorities of the newly launched Working Group?
The main focus areas of the Working Group are related to how innovation can support the utility business challenges of asset management and development, enabling proactive and predictive management and maintenance of networks, and increasing the rate of digitalisation of and intelligence in water distribution infrastructure.
We will explicitly develop and plan our activities with a view on creating tangible economic, financial, environmental and social performance improvements for owners, operators and managers of water distribution infrastructure systems.
What are you currently working on and what are you expecting to deliver within the upcoming year?
For the first operating year, we foresee the development of a position paper on the state-of-the-art and main challenges for innovation in water distribution infrastructure. This will be developed, amongst other things, through a stakeholder survey identifying the current needs and priorities for innovation within the sector. Establishing this starting point will be followed by the development of a prioritised innovation roadmap and the identification of first major opportunities for collaborative innovation and R&D.
We also foresee establishing a database of best practice technologies, processes and practices within the focus area of the Working Group. After its official launch at Water Market Europe 2019 event, the Working Group is now organising a workshop on Thursday, March 19(14:00 – 15:30) back to back to Water Market Europe conference 2020.
The EU Green Week is an annual event focused on debating and discussing European environmental policies. This year, the event will take place from 1 to 5 June 2020, with a special edition on ‘Nature and Biodiversity’.
The event is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment, attracting policymakers, leading environmentalists and stakeholders from all over Europe and the world.
For organisations planning or interested in organising events between 4 May and June 14, 2020, it is possible to register them as an EU Green Week partner event. Applications must be submitted before the deadline, which is 13 March 2020.
To be considered, events can be related to nature and biodiversity as well as a range of linked topics, such as climate change, agriculture, and water.
For more information and how to register your event, click here.Read More
The leader of the newly launched Working Group on Industrial Water Efficiency and Reuse Practices, Denis Bonvillain, represented Water Europe at the last stakeholder workshop of the 18-month evaluation of the Industrial Emission Directive (IED), on the 17th of December 2019.
During the workshop organised by the commissioned consultant Ricardo together with services of DG Environment, European Commission, consultants presented their initial findings. The final study is set to be done by February 2020.
Present at the meeting and chairing the workshop, the Director for Quality of Life in DG Environment Veronica Manfredi referred to the European Green Deal on climate neutrality and the zero-pollution ambition, and whether any changes in the IED needed to be considered. She also referenced the Regulation for agricultural water reuse.
Pointing out that the evaluation process was over for the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD), Ms. Manfredi added that the evaluations demonstrated that the Directives were fit for purpose. Regarding the UWWTD, Ms. Manfredi remarked that a revision is likely to occur.
The full and detailed article was published in the Water Europe Member’s Newsletter. For more information on membership, click here.Read More