Meeting of WssTP WG ‘Water & Industry’ with the EIP AG ‘Industrial Water reuse and Recycling’
The first combined meeting of WssTP WG on ‘Water and Industry’ after the summer holidays was held with success on 7th of October in Brussels. The meeting was well attended with 22 participants present.
Among the topics discussed were the water Calls for industry and WssTP’s water reuse report, while in the same context it was highlighted the cooperation of the new member ‘World business council on Sustainable Development’ with IWA on Water Reuse. WssTP also expressed its anticipation for a new legislation on water reuse from the European Commission.
In addition, the meeting decided to merge the WssTP WG ‘Water & SPIRE’ into the WG ‘Water and Industry’ as a sub-group. A detailed action plan of the WG was also set up for the next two years with regular meetings every 3 months.
The next meeting of the WG ‘Water & Industry’ is scheduled for the 10th of December.
More information, please contact Albert JansenRead More
WssTP’s Workshop Ecosystems Services
The WssTP Working Group on Ecosystem Services met on 26th of September in Brussels. This was a first meeting to identify the competences of each participant of the Group, which would then determine the topics on which the Group will focus at this stage.
The meeting was also a very good opportunity to decide to work on collaborative EU projects and to liaise with SMEs so that technology transfers can occur.
More information, please contact Gaëtane SuzenetRead More
Monaco International Forum on Water
[quote align=”right” color=”#999999″]Under High Patronage of His Serene Highness PRINCE ALBERT II of MONACO [/quote]
WssTP participated to the 1st Monaco International Forum (MIF) that was held on October 7, 2013 at Hotel Hermitage in Monaco. The specificity of the MIF is to focus on issues related to the environment and water, in direct connection with the recognized activities of the Principality since decades and which are reaffirmed every day with force by HSH Prince Albert II through his personal actions. The MIF is specifically aimed at creating a global human network based on trust and providing a framework for open discussion.
This forum was born from contacts between FIRMUS, a company headquartered in Monaco (and its subsidiary FIRMUS France) and SIMEV (Membrane Science applied to the Environment), a Chair from UNESCO (hosted by the Ecole Nationale Superieure Chemistry and the European Institute of Membranes in Montpellier).
This year’s theme: “A crucial issue for the next millennium: the water-energy nexus. How membrane technologies can meet the challenge?”, with three main topics: How to ensure the production of water and energy in countries that suffer from significant gaps? What solutions for the full recycling of waste (zero pollution and reuse)? Extraction of gas / oil shale: what to do with effluents?
Around 70 high-level participants coming from more 20 countries (Europe, Africa, United-States, Russia…)have joined this 1st edition. All have appreciated the high level of the discussion, the quality of the reception and expressed their interest for the next edition, thus bearing testimony of the interest of Monaco as a onestop place for this kind of event where it is a question of science at the service of society and environment.Read More
Launch of ZELDA Project
ZELDA consortium has been successfully shaped and consists of WssTP, Abengoa Water, CTM and Fujifilm. Most current brine management strategies discharge brines into the environment and constitute one of the most important environmental impacts of desalination technologies, especially in those regions with high vulnerability to salinity gradients.
The Life+ ZELDA project (LIFE12 ENV/ES/000901), aims to demonstrate and disseminate the technical feasibility and economical sustainability of decreasing the overall environmental impact of desalination systems. It adopts brine management strategies based on the use of electrodialysis metathesis and valuable compound recovery processes with the final aim of reaching a zero liquid discharge process.
More information, please contact Xavier MartinezRead More
Joint WssTP – CopaCogeca Workshop
[quote align=”right” color=”#999999″]The workshop was jointly organised by WssTP, and Copa-Cogeca, representing European farmers and their agri-cooperatives.[/quote]
The aim of this workshop was to have a broad debate on how to unlock the potential of improved water management in the agricultural sector. It brought together representatives from the water industry, science and the agricultural sector to share their knowledge on innovative solutions and how to apply them in practice.
The main objective was to share recent technological developments and new management tools with participants, which can enable farmers to further improve water management in agriculture. This will lead to a more efficient use of water and contribute to achieving a good ecological status for European water bodies.
In particular, the event provided an opportunity to conclude an expression of commitment to form an Action Group on “Water & Irrigated agriculture Resilient Europe (WIRE)” under the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water. This will bring together existing expertise and identify opportunities to work together for the benefit of the farming community and water industries.[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Workshop Presentations[/quote]