After the successful edition of EIP Water Conference 2016 in Leeuwarden, EIP Water has announced a call for a host city and conference partners for the fourth one-day EIP Water Conference which is planned to take place in June 2017. The conference shall be preceded or followed by side events and site visits. EIP Water is inviting all interested host cities and conference partners to develop and submit their proposals by the deadline of 29 April 2016.
The host city and conference partners of the EIP Water’s fourth Conference will benefit from the great visibility of the event within the European water sector as well as a number of high-level speakers and international participants. They will be able to showcase their experiences related to water & innovation and, if so agreed with EIP Water, suggest specific topics and challenges of their concern. The previous EIP Water conferences in Brussels (2013), Barcelona (2014) and Leeuwarden (2016) have demonstrated that the EIP Water conference is a brilliant opportunity for strengthening pan-European and global networking for boosting innovation in the water sector. Since 2013, the event has continued to increase with over 350 participants in Brussels in 2013, more than 400 in Barcelona in 2014 and almost 700 registered participants in February 2016 in Leeuwarden.
The organizers are confident that the 2017 conference will once again be an outstanding event for the European water sector and will contribute to removing innovation barriers and creating opportunities for more water innovation in Europe and globally.
To read the criteria for host city & conference partner selection, please visit the EIP Water website.
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In collaboration with Isle Utilities, the 2016 edition of the EIP Water Conference will present a “Dragon’s Den” or “EIP Water’s Got Talent” session in the afternoon of 10 February.
“EIP Water’s Got Talent” is designed to make it easier than ever before for innovators to connect with investors, partners and end users in a fun and interactive way. The feature will offer technology developers a critical and unrivalled chance to pitch their innovations to an expert panel and audience.
To participate, please complete and send the questionnaire below by 30th November 2015 to Isle Utilities. If shortlisted, you will be contacted to arrange a conference call for stage 2 of the due diligence process.
All further details and instructions can be found in the questionnaire.
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The European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water)hosted its second annual conference last week in Barcelona, attracting more than 400 attendees from all around Europe. In accordance with its title ‘Connecting Innovation Demand and Supply’, the conference provided a platform for discussions on connecting water innovation demand and supply, shaping the European water innovation policy and finding new opportunities for collaboration in the water sector.
Tomas Michel, WssTP President was among the high-level speakers participating in the conference. Tomas delivered a keynote speech, addressing the innovation demand from the side of the water industry. Tomas gave an overview of the new Junker Commission’s priorities, focusing on 4 priorities which are directly linked to water and innovation. He also emphasized the role of the water industry saying: ‘WATER INDUSTRY holds also a CENTRAL POSITION allowing EUROPE to cope with both COMPETITION (from outside), but also to seize the huge OPPORTUNITY offered by one of the most stringent environmental regulations in the world, acting as a driver for more innovation in Water.’ In addition to this, he pointed out that there is need for a “real EU water market” and that the water sector needs to follow a new model instead of the old ‘conventional’ one. Several highly-interactive sessions and panel discussions followed, keeping the participants engaged and allowing them to share their insights and views.
In the context of the conference, the CDP water program‘s Global Water Report 2014 was also launched. The report analyses the business understanding of water risk at the world’s largest corporations. WssTP together with various other organisations also participated at the Conference Exhibition. WssTP had the opportunity to meet and discuss with many water stakeholders who showed a strong interest in WssTP’s activities and publications. The 6th EIP Water Task Force meeting also took place as a side event before the 2nd EIP Water Conference and a series of other open and closed back to back meetings were held on 4 and 6 November 2014.
Do not miss your opportunity to download all the presentations of the conference.
The 5th meeting of the EIP Water Steering Group took place on Friday 23rd of May at the European Commission– Berlaymont building in Brussels. Among other key decisions, the EIP Water Steering Group agreed on opening a limited call for commitments to establish Action Groups in November 2014, particularly focusing on under-represented priority areas and encouraging participation of actors from central and eastern European Member States. In addition to this, it has been decided to specify the focus of the EIP Water for the period 2015 – 2017 in an updated Strategic Implementation Plan, which is going to be finalized by May 2015, on the basis of a proposal from the Task Force and the close involvement of the Steering Group.
For more detailed information, please don’t hesitate to contact Durk Krol.Read More
After the second call for expression of commitment to establish an Action Group, EIP Water now welcomes 16 new EIP water action groups. The newly-selected groups bring the number of Action Groups to a total of 25 that work at the core of EIP Water.
The 16 new EIP Water Action Groups have been selected out of a total of 38 submissions and on the basis of six criteria of the second call:
- strength of the proposal’s relationship to the EIP Water Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP);
- presence of innovative concepts;
- breadth and experience of team;
- demand or market relevance and urgency;
- considerations of governance; and
- clarity of end goals.
The common objective of the 16 new Action Groups is to deliver concrete results and real impact, by jointly developing water innovations that will be applied by identified users, seize market opportunities, create jobs, help shape European innovation policy and support the implementation of European water policy.
Priority areas of the 16 new EIP Water Action Groups.
This year’s World Water Day was celebrated under the theme ‘Water and Energy’. On March 21 and 22, United Nations, working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders, shed the light on the water-energy nexus and on addressing inequities, especially for the ‘bottom billion’ who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services.
Among the objectives of World Water Day in 2014, whose official celebrations took place in Tokyo, Japan were to:
- Raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy
- Contribute to a policy dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues related to the nexus of water and energy
- Demonstrate, through case studies, to decision makers in the energy sector and the water domain that integrated approaches and solutions to water-energy issues can achieve greater economic and social impacts
- Contribute as relevant to the post-2015 discussions in relation to the water-energy nexus.
Water and Energy, as the theme of this year’s celebrations, has also been defined as one of the eight EIP Water priority areas,while there are already three out of the nine initial Action Groups active in this field. Even though, the groups focus on different issues, their work is interlinked. The three Action Groups are
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Over 350 participants from EU and non-EU countries participated in the 1st EIP Water Conference which was held at the EU Parliament in Brussels on 21 November 2013. After the conference’s great success, a 2-minute film and a brief conference report, featuring the conference’s highlights, have now been released by the EIP Water. Under the theme ‘Νetworking & interacting – Innovating water”, the conference managed to bring together EIP Water stakeholders, take stock of EIP Water’s progress and help shaping the future of EIP Water to further increase the opportunities for collaborating on water innovation in Europe and globally.
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Download the keynote speech of Tomas Michel, WssTP President;
Read the Conference Report or;
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What is hindering the development and uptake of innovations in the water sector? Do legal, technical and political barriers and bottlenecks exist? How can they be addressed?
These are the questions that the EIP Water Report addresses in its newly published edition ‘Barriers and bottlenecks to water innovation’. An ad-hoc group of the EIP Water Task Force led by WssTP, SusChem and the Industry Expert Group has analysed and prioritised the barriers and bottlenecks to innovation in the water sector in Europe and abroad. Five priority actions have been identified as well as roadmaps for each will be drafted and agreed upon by April 2014. The diagnosis is available free of charge on the EIP Water Marketplace.
To download the report, please register on the EIP Water Marketplace
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After the first call for expression of commitments and the final establishment of nine EIP WATER ACTION GROUPS in May 2013, EIP WATER is in anticipation of receiving new Action Group proposals through its second call for expression of commitment to establish an Action Group. EIP Water is looking for Action Groups which can work on both technical and non-technical innovations that can be applied and implemented. All the submitted proposals will be evaluated by the European Commission, based on the evaluation criteria and excellence of the proposals.
31st of December 2013 is the deadline to express your interest in the 2nd EIP Call.
The 2nd EIP Call topics are:
- Natural Waters
- Water Policy and Administration
- Water Services and Water Use
- Water Technology
For further information on the call and the registration process, please visit the EIP on Water website
Under the theme ‘ Networking & Interacting- Innovating Water’, the first conference of the European Innovation Partership will take place on 21st of November in the EU Parliament in Brussels.
The one-day conference will showcase innovations from both within and outside the water sector through keynote addresses, panel discussions and moderated plenary sessions.
The nine initial EIP Water Action Groups established in May 2013 will showcase their nascent work; interactive sessions will assist new ideas to be taken forward, and the next steps of the EIP Water will be presented and discussed.
The draft programme of the conference is now available and the registration process has already started.Read More