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gains but also by introducing breakthrough solutions. The AG has been
formalised as a legal entity and has developed a new ICT infrastructure
for its benchmarking method. A significant launching customer group
has committed to initiating a large rollout in the Danube region in
eastern Europe.
The Renewable Energy Desalination AG operates at the water-energy
nexus by combining renewable energy as a power source with
desalination technology for clean water production. It addresses three
core challenges: systems optimisation of the technical combination,
investment and operational costs optimisation, and regulatory challenges
between the energy and water domains. Three AG partners have recently
installed a prototype re-desalination plant, and another pilot plant for
solar membrane distillation was installed to analyse the long term
operations in atypical circumstances. Collaboration with a European
electricity company has been initiated to analyse various new
technologies, and commercial prototypes of membrane distillations have
been evaluated, in addition to on-going research and development.
The WaterReg AG works towards new governance models for water
management by developing various concrete activities for capacity
building, networking and dialogue mechanisms on key topics such as
tariffs, benchmarking, infrastructure maintenance and asset
management. Beginning with a European multisector conference on
water, energy, transport and communication regulation, this was followed
by contributions to the European Commission and policy centres
regarding guidelines. The AG has published a manifesto to help shape
the Commission’s regulatory agenda.
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The AG has published its ‘proof of concept’,
followed by various interim reports on urban
water management in 11 cities. A City Blueprint
atlas covering a representative sample of the
more than 40 cities that have been assessed
so far is currently under preparation in co-
operation with the Joint Research Centre. A
major review of the City Blueprint assessment
framework will also be finalised based on
feedback from municipalities and regions.
These have expressed the need to include solid
waste collection and recycling in the
assessment framework, as solid waste may
end up in surface waters. City Blueprints
considers that sharing, disseminating and
applying best practices in urban water cycle
services will be of great benefit to municipalities
and regions in Europe and places special
emphasis on increased involvement of eastern
European municipalities.
OtherAGs
The European Benchmark Co-operation
Foundation AG addresses benchmarking as a
crucial element in the water sector to boost
innovation by increasing transparency. It
works as a catalyst for higher performance
standards, not only in incremental efficiency
One of the thematic
priorities of EIP Water
is to address and
manage the risk
of flooding
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