Periodic Reporting for period 2 - NextGen (Towards a next generation of water systems and services for the circular economy.)
Reporting period: 2020-01-01 to 2021-06-30
The main objectives of the NextGen project are to develop and demonstrate novel technological, business and governance solutions for water in the CE in ten high-profile, large-scale, demonstration cases across Europe, and to develop the necessary approaches, tools and partnerships, to transfer and upscale. The CE transition to be driven by NextGen encompasses a wide range of water-embedded resources: water itself, energy and materials (e.g. nutrients).
All Work Packages of NextGen have progressed well in their activities. In summary: first version Technology Evidence Base, technology demonstrations at demo cases operational (WP1), environmental and economic assessment at frontrunners, modelling design options, Toolkit (WP2), 2nd/3rd CoP rounds, public outreach inspiration, AR app virtual demo city, SG virtual toy town (WP3), social acceptability survey, regulatory framework assessment (WP4), circular business models and value chain study, market assessment for spinoffs, online Marketplace (WP5), communication activities (website, social media, videos), connect with EU policy, international replication potential (WP6), data management, scientific quality assurance, management Covid-19 delays (WP7), ethics requirements (WP8).
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the progress, we managed to reschedule some of the tasks so that the NextGen objectives can be reached .
By introducing innovative solutions for closing the cycles of the water system, NextGen contributes to the challenges of water scarcity, raw materials depletion and climate change, based on proven, successful experiences. In total 19 Expected Impacts have been identified, all linked to quantifiable Key Performance Indicators (KPI). The monitoring of the KPIs shows that NextGen is on the right course to provide technological and regulatory outputs to the local and global level, involving citizens up to decision makers, to spread NextGen’s circular economy solutions.