In collaboration with Climate-KIC, Water Europe is co-organising the new online Webinar ”Smart Tools to tackle water scarcity” coming up on the 29th September 2022 from 15:30 to 17:00 pm (GTM+2).
During the webinar, a group of experts will discuss issues related to the use of smart tools to tackle water scarcity in the southern European context with a series of short presentations on urban, industrial and agricultural application of digital solutions, and the barriers to their application.
The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with distinguished guests from the tourism, agriculture and utilities sectors, policy makers and researchers. The group has received support Diego Intrigliolo Molina, Katarina Kostic and Maria Jesus Blanco.
If you are interested in joining the event, please register here.Read More
According to new research, rainwater almost everywhere on Earth is considered unsafe to drink, due to the PFAS, also known as ‘forever chemicals’.
Forever chemicals are Per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a large family of human-made chemicals that don’t occur in nature. They are called “forever chemicals” because they can stick around in the environment for decades.
PFAS are used in a wide range of consumer products due to their ability to repel both grease and water, including paper and cardboard food packaging, textiles, cosmetics and electronics.
The health risks of being exposed to these substances have been researched widely. Scientists say that they could be linked to fertility problems, increased risk of cancer and developmental delays in children. Find out more info here.Read More
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is launching a new call for best practices to its members and alternates, Young Elected Politicians (YEPs) and members the CoR network of local and regional councillors to collect and promote low-carbon and sustainable projects as well as climate commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from local and regional authorities across the EU.
Does your region or city have a specific project that targets the objectives of the European Green Deal? Has your region or city set a target to reduce GHG emissions by 2030 or 2050? Then this new call is right for you.
To share their recently achieved or ongoing projects and initiatives on the following themes à complete this survey: Climate adaption, Climate mitigation, Circular economy, Energy related matters, Clean mobility, Zero pollution, Reforestation and urban greening or Green budgets
During the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP27) climate commitments from local and regional authorities will be gatheredRead More
Water Europe will be present at the World Water Week 2022, taking place from August 23 to September 01, online and in Stockholm. This new edition will offer opportunities to connect face to face and propose online components to engage worldwide.
On August 30th, WE Innovation Water Policy Manager, Loïc Charpentier, will be speaking on behalf of the EU Water Alliance, at the session ”Creating New Champions: Enhancing Links to Achieve SDG 6 Across” happening from 14:00 to 15:30 CET, in the room 353.
The session will provide information and evidence-based recommendations about how to increase the political prioritization of the water and sanitation agenda, both within other sectors and with high-level decision-makers around the world. Find out more about the session here.Read More
In recent years, India, Australia and Western Europe have been hardly affected by powerful storms and extreme floods. The impact of climate change on extreme water-related events like this is becoming increasingly evident.
Scientists around the world studied how the water cycle has been intensifying. As the planet warms this will continue to intensify.
Every year, 26 million tons plastic wastes end up in oceans, polluting the world’s ocean surface with plastic pieces. Plastic pollution has disastrous consequences for global environment, health and wildlife.
To tackle the global plastic pollution crisis, the European Union has launched a new competition for Marine Ecosystems Protection, aiming at developing space solutions to track and remove marine plastic pollution.
As part of the CASSINI initiative, the prize will be awarded to one or several best data-driven marine or maritime digital application(s) meeting the criteria of the contest and is expected to leverage more private investment capital to the winning contestant. Find out more here and submit your application by 03 May 2022.
In the context of the proposal for a Regulation for Microplastics pollution – measures to reduce its impact on the environment, Water Europe responded to the public consultation and has published a policy-oriented paper that you can find here.Read More
Water Project Europe (WPE) is a series of WE events made to learn from and build on the experience of innovating projects working on converging topics. WPE aims at clustering water-related projects by thematic areas to allow them to interact, mutually build on the respective experience, support policy development and stimulate the market uptake of innovations.
Since December 2021, WATER Europe has held three successful Water Projects editions, under the following themes:
1. Integrated Water-Smart Strategies for industrial processes (15 December 2021)
2. Nature-based solutions for water security and ecological quality in cities (2nd of June 2022)
3. How Innovation Projects can Support a Water-Smart Industrial Emissions Directive (14th June 2022)
– The first WPE edition ‘Integrated Water-Smart Strategies for industrial processes‘, held on the 15th December 2021, counted over 300 registered participants and online viewers. An insightful panel discussion helped participants to understand how crucial is to preserve freshwater in industrial processes by integrating water-smart strategies. You can relive the full event here.
Over the month of June 2022, Water Europe organised two different editions of its Water Projects Europe event, one dedicated to the MULTISOURCE project and another one on the WATER-MINING project.
– The clustering event ”Nature-based solutions for water security and ecological quality in cities” was held on the 2nd of June. The event aimed at facilitating the systematic city-wide planning of NBS and supporting decision-making to contribute to the achievement of a Water-Smart Society. Five EU-funded NbS focused projects: MULTISOURCE, NICE, HYDROUSA, UNALAB, CONNECTING NATURE were present to exchange and discuss during WPE. The report for this event is available here, while you can still watch the session here.
– Later in the month and in the context of Water Innovation Europe 2022 conference, the WATER-MINING edition ‘How Innovation Projects can Support a Water-Smart Industrial Emissions Directive‘ took place on the 14th of June. The projects B-Water Smart, ULTIMATE, WATER-MINING, Zero Brine, and Brine Mining (LIFE) were presented during this event, giving an overview of their work and their relationship with the current legislation and their contribution to achieving a Water-Smart Society.Read More
The assessment report multiple countries exposed to extreme droughts, which are driving crop yields down from a previously already negative outlook for cereals and other crops. The countries mostly affected by it are: France, Romania, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Particularly in Italy, the well-known Po river, is already facing a drought emergency across five national regions; within Italian municipalities, citizens have insufficient water availability.
This lack of water is also reducing or suspending hydroelectric and thermoelectric power production operations across countries.
In the coming months, the unfavourable forecasts may compromise the water supply and will likely keep the competition for this resource high. Integrated water resources management is essential to ensure sustainable quantity of good quality water for all water users and the environment in a given river basin.
While drought mitigation strategies are of the utmost importance now, so is tackling the root cause of the problem: climate change and its disruption of the planet’s water cycle. Further efforts are needed also for preventively adapting to the changing weather patterns by climate-proofing energy supply and applying sustainable solutions in agriculture. Find out more in the full report.Read More
Idrica is a leading international company that provides a unique differential value based on its experience and knowledge of the water industry. On June 2020, we awarded Idrica with the Water Europe Innovation Award for the category Water Technology & Infrastructure.
Since then, the company has made tremendous progress in helping water utilities navigate their digital transformation journey, and unlock the potential from their distributed data.
As a matter of fact, Idrica has recently launched Cleverpy, a startup specializing in technologies such as machine learning, artificial vision and georeferenced information systems, which are applied by Idrica in industries such as renewable energy and the integrated water cycle.
This move strengthens Idrica’s position as an expert in digital transformation for the water industry. The operation aims to strengthen its portfolio of solutions aimed at the digital transformation of the entire water cycle.
This is in line with the digital transformation plans initiated by various countries, as well as the growth objectives of the company itself, which seeks to become a global benchmark under the slogan “Smart Water for a Better World.”
Find more info at the official Idrica website.Read More
On August 5th, the European Commission published guidelines to help Member States and stakeholders apply the rules on the safe reuse of treated urban waste water for agricultural irrigation.
As severe droughts increase over time, reusing water from urban waste water treatment plants can become an essential tool to ensure a safe and predictable source of water, whilst lowering the pressure on water bodies and enhancing the EU’s ability to adapt to climate change.
The Water Reuse Regulation, applicable from June 2023, sets out minimum water quality, risk management and monitoring requirements to ensure safe water reuse. The guidelines are complemented by several practical examples to facilitate the application of the rules.
Achieve a Water-Smart Society is more than a necessity in Europe and water Reuse is one of the key element to secure water for all.
Commissioner for the Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Virginijus Sinkevičius, said:
“Freshwater resources are scarce and increasingly under pressure. In times of unprecedented temperature peaks, we need to stop wasting water and use this resource more efficiently to adapt to the changing climate and ensure the security and sustainability of our agricultural supply. Today’s guidelines can help us do just that and secure the safe circulation, across the EU, of food products grown with reclaimed water.”Read More