New EU Report on micropollutants in the water systems


The Horizon Results Booster service developed a new report ‘Micropollutants in the water systems – A contribution to the zero pollution action plan from the R&I perspective, presenting the results of a portfolio analysis of projects focusing on micropollutants in water systems and funded under the FP7 and Horizon 2020 Framework Programmes.

It provides an overview and a detailed assessment of research and innovation advances in the area, starting with quantitative analysis and completing the information with gaps identification and policy recommendations.

The report provides an overview and a detailed assessment of advances made in R&I on micropollutants in three pre-defined themes:

– Themes 1: Measuring and monitoring;
– Theme 2: Evaluating and assessing;
– Theme 3: Prevention and remediation.

All projects in the portfolio are associated with multiple impacts. However, there is a predominant technological impact related to the development of sensors, measurement and monitoring devices (Theme 1) and technologies aimed at reducing micropollutants in aquatic systems (Theme 3).

Projects under Theme 2 have primarily environmental impact, as they focus on evaluating and assessing the environmental behaviour and effects of micropollutants on ecosystems.

The most common economic impacts in the portfolio are related to creating business opportunities and employment growth, while social impact is usually observed in projects that have implications for human health. Around 37% of projects have a policy impact, as they have either facilitated the revision of certain EU policies and regulations or have produced recommendations targeted at decision-making bodies.


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