Highlights of November’s inaugural European Innovation Partnership on Water in Brussels included presentations on activities and challenges by representatives of the EIP Water Action Groups.
The nine action groups were selected by EIP Water in May 2013 out of 64 applications. They are titled:
- Smart Pricing and Drought Insurance Schemes in Mediterranean Countries
- Renewable Energy Desalination (RE-Desalination)
- W4EF: Framework for evaluation and reporting of the energy impacts on water
- Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor for Recovery of Energy and Resources
- CITY BLUEPRINTS: Improving Implementation Capacities of Cities and Regions
- WaterCoRe: Regional governance of water scarcity and drought issues
- Industrial Water Re-Use and Recycling
- ESE - Ecosystem Services for Europe
After the Brussels conference, OOSKAnews caught up with Laurent Bellet of Electricite de France, the lead organization of “W4EF: Framework for evaluation and reporting of the energy impacts on water.”
Bellet explained the rationale for the action group: “Water is used in energy production and supply, and energy is used for pumping, moving and treating water. As a result, in the context of climate change, the linkage between both energy and water systems has grown more complex and interdependent.”
“In the energy sector, water is used from sourcing to production, including fuel extraction (oil, gas, biofuels, uranium, etc.), energy production and conversion, and associated processes (e.g. refining, storage, and transportation).”
Bellet said the main objective of this action group is to produce an adapted framework for energy companies to assess their water use and water impacts.
“Although existing footprint initiatives provide interesting outputs, energy companies have felt that none of them clearly fitted their specific situations and needs,” he said.
“After agreement on a framework and its validation, a tool will be developed by the action group to help implement the methodology in a consistent way and ensure wide dissemination across the European energy industry and beyond.
“Our timeframe is presentation to the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu in 2015, followed by promotion and implementation.”
The participating entities in the “W4EF: Framework for evaluation and reporting of the energy impacts on water” Action Group are: DANVA Danish Water and Wastewater Association; FIWA Finnish Water Association; Norsk Vann Norwegian Water; ARA Romanian Water Association; IGWP Polish Waterworks Chamber of Commerce; Avanade; Delft University; World Water Council; Water Energy Council; World Business Council for Sustainable Development; International Energy Agency; United Nations Environment Program; Renewable Energy Alliance including the International Hydropower Association; World Nuclear Association; World Coal Association; IPIECA; GDF Suez Environment; Veolia Water; Hydro Tasmania; Statkraft; BP International; Accenture; Limnotech; Quantis; Greenpeace International; EPRI: Electric Power Research Institute; University of Twenthe; WFN: Water Footprint Network; Lund University; Sintef Energy Research; University of Bordeaux; University of Texas at Austin; NTNU: Norwegian University for Science and Technology; and the Center for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy.