Sustainable Water Treatment and Nutrient Reuse Options

Innovation objectives

  • Strengthen the research potential of European regions, in particular by improving regional research-driven cluster development in wastewater treatment for water and nutrient reuse in agriculture, increasing researcher`s potential and inter-sectorial mobility between research and industry, enriching existing research clusters, improving awareness of co-operation possibilities and better co-ordination of research initiatives;
  • Strengthen the European agricultural sector, which faces severe environmental legislation and concurrently strong reductions in profit margins due to increasing fertilizer prices and water shortages;
  • Create business opportunities between SMEs, SME Associations and RTDs, enhanced via public authorities support through adequate policy formulations;
  • Creating Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) between local municipalities (water authorities) responsible for wastewater treatment and agricultural enterprises (farmer, technology developers) for common investments in sustainable and resource efficient wastewater treatment and reuse technologies;
  • Create a win-win situation between the agricultural and the wastewater treatment sector, which is normally approached as a cost-demanding service, generating valuable end-products such as water and nutrients, concurrently decreasing the agricultural sector´s dependency of highly priced and over-exploited resources such as fresh water and mineral fertilizers;
  • Coordinating RTDs, regional authorities, SMEs and SME-AGs to take an integrated and more proactive approach towards wastewater and nutrient reuse, improving Europe´s economic situation and environmental conditions;
  • Presenting effective exploitation and dissemination strategy through developed Business Plans to further enhance the impact of the project among SMEs, SME-IAGs, RTDs and other stakeholders, elevating the degree of engagement and the profile of the project both within the cities involved as partners in the project and within other cities in Europe;
  • Providing a better use of structural funds in R&D by improving synergies between economic and regional policies, mainly by developing research regional strategies that regional authorities may integrate in their economic development strategies.
  • Developing of at least one specific R&D proposal on wastewater reuse in agriculture for funding in each of the targeted regions