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Innovative water management in Singapore

Singapore has historically suffered from freshwater shortages and water insecurity. In the 2000s the Government of Singapore launched new policies to address this, providing grant funding and support to R&D in public sector and industry, investing in infrastructure to improve water cycle management, including water and wastewater treatment, and raising consumer awareness about water conservation through public information and labelling schemes. This helped increase water independence and establish a thriving and innovative water industry.

Industrial wastewater management in Lebanon

The government of Lebanon set out to tackle industrial wastewater pollution, which was being discharged with little or no prior treatment directly into rivers and streams. Following a number of key strategies and plans, a performance standard was introduced, setting a regulatory requirement for industry. International partners helped by providing support (advise/consultancy), assisting companies to make the transition to cleaner practices.

Waste water management in TSMC, Taiwan

Making good use of water resource is of paramount importance for any industry. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world leading wafer foundry, began to work on waste water recycling in 1995, and has developed a brand new waste water recycling system.  The rate of recycled waste water can now reach nearly 90%, which is an unmatched level. 

Green agricultural and island communities’ programme for Greece’s remote and island areas

The ‘Green agricultural and island communities – new development model’ programme (“ΡΑΣΙΝΕΣ ΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΝΗΣΙΩΤΙΚΕΣ "ΚΟΙΝΟΤΗΤΕΣ": ΝΕΟ ΠΡΟΤΥΠΟ ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗΣ”) provides support to municipalities. The €50 million programme promotes renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures in Greek remote and island areas with fewer than 1000 inhabitants. The first call for applications was launched end of 2012, the projects are running between 2013-2015.

 

Rainwater and greywater reuse systems in the Barcelona

Alternative water resources are gaining momentum in Catalonia (Spain) in an effort to promote water conservation and build resilience against droughts. Since 2002 more than 50 municipalities have approved a water saving ordinance that involves the installation of rainwater harvesting and/or greywater reuse systems in new buildings. Agenda 21 processes played a significant role in together with local governments.

GreenEvo – Technology Accelerator for green tech “Made in Poland”

GreenEvo - Green Technologies Accelerator is a Polish programme for entrepreneurs, initiated and managed by the Ministry of the Environment. GreenEvo identifies the best Polish environmentally sound technologies and supports their international transfer. The initiative takes the form of a contest whereby participating companies submit innovative green solutions and winners are selected on an annual basis. The programme has successfully supported green-tech exports “Made in Poland”. 

Zero Waste Scotland - helping Scotland to become more resource efficient

Zero Waste Scotland is an organisation funded by the Scottish Government to deliver its Zero Waste Plan, which is based on the principles of resource efficiency and circular economy. Besides its core activities of providing funding and training, Zero Waste Scotland is active in communication and engagement of various stakeholders and offers a range of online tools, templates and apps.

The Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) for systemic regional development

The Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) are a policy framework by the Mid-West Regional Authority in Ireland, aiming to foster holistic regional development based on sustainability criteria (i.e. environmental, economic and social) criteria. The RPGs include a methodology for evidence-based policy making and consensus on decisions around potentially conflicting issues, such as land use and agriculture, urban infrastructure (water, electricity, etc), transportation routes and so on. 

Treatment for wastewater sludge through bio-based processes

66% of the world’s population's (4.5 billion) wastewater are being collected and treated. The growing environmental awareness brings governments to set ambitious goals towards 100% population connected to decent wastewater treatment. It is vital to find a solution for treating the huge amounts of sludge from wastewater, making it less harmful to human health, whilst reducing the process’s energy-intensity.  Applied CleanTech’s SRS system PREVENT sludge rather than treat it, while reducing electricity usage & energy consumption and producing the RecylloseTM (recycled cellulose) that have a commercial value in numerous industries.

Nano-structured TiON Photo-Catalytic Membranes for Water Treatment (NATIOMEM)

The NATIOMEM consortium has developed a new photocatalytic membrane for water and wastewater treatment. The coated membrane, when irradiated by sunlight, is capable of oxidizing micropollutants and inactivating microorganisms. The coated membrane could be integrated into a treatment system, for water treatment without chemical addition.

Establishment of an environmentally preferable solution for water and wastewater treatment by a Danish military airbase

The Danish military airbase, Karup invested in Envotherm wastewater treatment plant to treat wastewater generated by washing military helicopters. The plant purifies contaminated water through evaporation and ensures that it can be reused for industrial purposes or disposed of safely as wastewater. 

SBToolCZ: Innovative assessment tool for sustainable building performance

SBToolCZ is a tool for certifying and evaluating building quality in accordance with sustainable construction principles in the Czech Republic. With architects, engineers, building companies, and indirectly homeowners being the main users, the certification scheme acts as a marketing instrument and an inspiration for innovative building solutions.

Large-scale industrial demonstration projects: the Environmental Innovation Programme

The "Programme to promote investment in demonstration projects aiming at environmental impact reduction, or, in short, Environmental Innovation Programme (Umweltinnovationsprogramm, UIP), supports companies with large-scale pilot projects that focus on the development and application of environmental innovations. This policy measure focuses mainly on demonstration projects and technology transfer. The funding comprises loans with interest subsidy, and in special cases investment subsidies. 

One company’s waste is another’s raw material: National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP)

The UK’s National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) is a business opportunity programme aiming at enhancing the cooperation and building mutually profitable links between traditionally separate companies from all industrial sectors and of all sizes. Its ultimate goal is that previously unused or discarded resources in energy, water and/or materials from one company can be recovered, reprocessed and re-used by other companies.

 

INNOWATECH

Biological processes offer the cheapest way to treat industrial wastewater in order to obtain a sustainable water cycle achievement. However, complex industrial wastewater can contain pollutants that are not easily broken down, increasing the cost of the treatment process.

CYPROBELL

The CYPROBELL project aims to promote the use of an innovative decentralized recycling plant for recovering grey water in Cyprus. The so-developed technology constitutes a good water and wastewater treatment achievement for increasing the availability of potable water in countries affected by water scarcity, without requiring large infrastructures like storage facilities or desalinating plants.

TEXAFLOK

AQUAFIT4USE is a large-scale project funded under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), a grant funding programme of the European Commission. It aims to make industries more independent of the supply of water for their production processes. The initiative aims to develop new technologies, tools and methods for sustainable water supply, use and discharge in the main water consuming industries: in other words “water fit-for-(re)use”. These new techniques encompass innovative technologies or applied technologies dealing with water looping in the four following industries: paper, food, chemistry and textile.