Skip to main content

Meso-level eco-efficiency indicators to assess technologies and their uptake in water use sectors

Objective

EcoWater will address the development of meso-level eco-efficiency indicators for technology assessment through a systems' approach. The effort will focus on enhancing the understanding of the interrelations of innovative technology uptake in water use systems, and their economic and environmental impacts. Research will address the selection of indicators appropriate for assessing system-wide eco-efficiency improvements, the integration of existing tools and assessment methods in a coherent modelling environment, and the analysis and characterisation of existing structures and policies. The development of an analytical framework is foreseen, to support: (i) Systemic environmental impact assessments, (ii) Economic assessments, (iii) Analysis of value chains and actor interactions, and (iv) Technology implementation and uptake scenarios. Eight Case Studies will be developed, in different systems and sectors of high economic relevance and environmental impact, addressing water use in agricultural, urban and industrial sectors. Two Case Studies will focus on shifts from rainfed to irrigated agriculture and innovations that can reduce water and energy footprints and production inputs. Two Case Studies will address sustainable and economically efficient water supply and wastewater management in urban areas. Four Case Studies will concern meso-level eco-efficiency improvements from innovative technologies in water systems for the textile industry, for energy production, for dairy production and in the automotive industry. The main outputs include a validated and tested methodological framework, an integrated toolbox for systems' eco-efficiency analysis, and policy recommendations for technology uptake and implementation. For ensuring wide dissemination and applicability, the project foresees activities to address different target audiences and to develop operational science-industry-policy links at the level of Case Studies and at wider EU and international scale.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/automotive engineering
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2011-ECO-INNOVATION-OneStage
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 488 000
Administrative Contact
Dionysis Assimacopoulos (Prof.)

Participants (9)

CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE DI ALTISTUDI AGRONOMICI MEDITERRANEI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 284 800
Address
Via Ceglie 9
70010 Valenzano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Saverio De Santis (Dr.)
STICHTING DELTARES
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 349 288
Address
Boussinesqweg 1
2629 HV Delft
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michiel Blind (Mr.)
FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 219 688
Address
Bahnhofstrasse 6
5210 Windisch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arnulf Bohnacker (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 194 850
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mafalda Soeiro (Ms.)
UNIVERSITET PO ARCHITEKTURA STROITELSTVO I GEODEZIJA
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 171 800
Address
Hristo Smirnenski Blvd 1
1046 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Irina Ribarova (Dr.)
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 159 900
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monica Stainton (Ms.)
DHI
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 286 563
Address
Agern Alle 5
2970 Horsholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anders Lynggaard-Jensen (Mr.)
IVL SVENSKA MILJOEINSTITUTET AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 262 600
Address
Po Box 21060
100 31 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Uwe Fortkamp (Mr.)
MITA SAS DI SPAGARINO MICHELE E CO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 82 000
Address
Via Dal Pozzo 12
13900 Biella
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michele Spagarino (Dr.)