Work package 4: Enabling implementation

How can the ideas behind INNERS become mainstreamed to enable policy makers, planners and water specialists to use the INNERS results? The main aim of work package 4 is to evoke a transition towards a new perspective on the urban water cycle as a system that transports both water and energy. This will be done by enabling the implementation of the INNERS results on a broader scale to improve the sustainability of the urban water cycle in terms of energy.

The objectives of this work package are:

  • To influence decision makers by showing the short and long term benefits and opportunities with regard to energy management and minimization in systems used to manage the urban water cycle.
  • To provide the data and tools in a right way for our target audiences. For example, by quantifying the energy balance in different parts of the urban water cycle we can show the benefits to decision makers in an understandable way.
  • To build on growing corporate responsibility for energy usage (or consumption) to promote sewerage and wastewater systems that minimize energy usage (consumption).
  • To identify and explore the legal and policy barriers to implement changes to urban water systems within the North-western region.
  • To demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of innovative technologies and management practices in recovering energy and minimizing energy usage in water systems based on the experience in the INNERS demonstration projects.

Actions:

Key to the actions in this work package is to tailor all INNERS outputs to the needs of the different target groups and to create an EU advice to tackle possible barriers for the implementation sustainable energy solutions in the urban water cycle for the future.

  • Action 1. Disseminate technical results to decision makers, showing short and long term benefits. This will take place by:
    • creating simple presentation material for the INNERS partners to use to communicate with decision makers;
    • using the demonstration sites as communication instrument;
    • tailor INNERS results to decision makers.
  • Action 2: Disseminate the technical knowledge to (future) specialists. The purpose of this action is to allow technical specialists and technical students to assess the energy impact of sewerage and wastewater systems and to demonstrate their use.
  • Action 3: Study the barriers to implementation and formulate a policy advice. This action aims to identify and explain the barriers (legal, economic and organisational) to implementation of making the urban water cycle more sustainable in terms of energy use in Northwest Europe.
  • To collaborate in the development of the common portal for land and water management driven by the Interreg project Flood resilient Cities (FRC) in the North-Western Europe Region.