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1 EPA Water Research EPA Water Research Safe Water & Innovative Technologies Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 Alice Wemaere Environmental Protection Agency

2 Overview  Background (EPA Research)  EPA STRIVE Water Research  EPA Research : Water Pillar  National Linkages  International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

3 Research  Environmental Protection Identifying Pressures Informing Policy Developing Solutions Background (EPA Research)

4 Key Achievements Informs policy and assists in meeting targets Provides policy support to WFD & MSFD Measures for reducing Phosphorus and Nitrogen input to water Developing practical applications Pilot Scale Wastewater Centre (NUIG) Containment of water borne disease outbreak (Galway 2007, OECD 2009) Guidance for Single house wastewater treatment New technologies (nano) to remove pollutants Capacity Development Over 70 EPA Research Reports, 36% above world average peer review 200 researchers since 2007 (~ 70 Full-time PhD, post-Doc) EPA STRIVE Water Research Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

5 Practical Application Guidance for Single house wastewater treatment Problem Identified  Research Conducted  Guidance Issued Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 EPA STRIVE Water Research

6 EPA Water Research EPA Research : Water Pillar Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

7 EPA Research Strategy n7 workshops held in 2013 (May-Sept 2013)  Over 600 attendees  Over 140 submissions received & assessed nSummary report published (Env. Protection Through Research) nPublic Consultation (Dec. 2013)  Over 50 further submissions received  To be published shortly EPA Research : Water Pillar Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

8 EPA Water Research knowledge gaps water policy new technologiesprotect Focus on significant fundamental knowledge gaps, measures to support relevant water policy and the development of new technologies to protect our water environment, contributing to excellent water quality in Ireland EPA Research : Water Pillar Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

9 Water Today (EPA, 2012) Some Improvements in water quality  71% of river channel is at good or high status,  General reduction in nitrate concentrations in groundwater over the period ,  46.6% of lakes is of high or good status ( ) Many pressures remain  Number of high status sites halved in the last 21 years from almost 30% in the period to less than 17% in  Nutrient enrichment principal cause of water pollution in Ireland (agricultural run-off and discharges from municipal waste water treatment plants) Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 EPA Research : Water Pillar

10 Water Challenges (EPA, 2012) Some challenges for water quality management are… 1. Eliminating pollution associated with large & small point sources (e.g. Urban wastewater treatment plants; Domestic wastewater treatment systems); 2. Tackling diffuse pollution (e.g. pollution from farming); and 3. Using the full range of legislative measures to achieve better water quality. EPA Research : Water Pillar Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

11 WQ Status in IE / EU Countries based on EEA website data EPA Research : Water Pillar Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

12 Challenges & Rationale International Conventions, ECJ cases, Directives National Context (Forfas Priority areas, Harvest 2020) International Context (Horizon 2020, 7 th EAP, EU Blueprint etc) Stakeholders input EPA Reports, SOE, Strategy Key Challenges Policy Rationales/Input Point Source Pollution Diffuse Pollution Legislative measures to achieve better water quality UGEE issues EPA Research : Water Pillar Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

13 Policy Driver Water Framework Directive Setting the Framework UWWT Directive, Nitrates Directive Waste Directive (DWWTSs Bill) Addressing key pressures Groundwater Directive EQSs Directive Completing the Framework Floods Directive Extending the scope IPPC, Bathing Water, Habitats, Birds, Drinking Water, Major Accidents (Seveso), EIA, Sewage Sludge and Plant Protection Products Directives Basic Measures Supplementary Measures Buffer zones, riparian areas Non-legislative Policies Water scarcity & droughts Adaptation to climate change Resource use efficiency CAP Implementation D. Daly, 2012 EPA Research : Water Pillar

14 EPA Water Research 2014  Theme-1: Safe Water nTheme-2: Ecosystem Services and Sustainability Theme-3: Innovative Water Technologies  Theme-3: Innovative Water Technologies nTheme-4: Understanding, Managing and Conserving our Water Resources  Theme-5: Emerging & Cross-Cutting Issues EPA Research : Water Pillar Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

15 Safe Water… Emerging pollutants, priority substances, endocrine disruptors and emerging risks such as pathogens (including antibiotic resistant bacteria and viruses), cyanotoxins and nanomaterials.  Environmental behaviour in surface water, treated waters and groundwater  Impact on human health through the irrigation of crops, water supply, distribution and storage in rural or urban environments.  Climate change, natural hazards and extreme events such as droughts and floods. Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 EPA Research : Water Pillar

16 Safe Water… This thematic area will:  Provide a better understanding of the fate and behaviour of new or poorly understood contaminants and their impacts on water quality  Improve our resilience to climate change, extreme events and natural hazards.  Develop a better understanding of the socio-economic aspects, governance and behavioural changes Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 EPA Research : Water Pillar

17 Future Research Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 Over 100 ideas EPA Research : Water Pillar

18 Future Research Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 EPA Research : Water Pillar Research AreasResearch Topics Minimizing risks associated with water infrastructure and natural hazards Early Warning / Risk Management Systems Natural Hazards Water Infrastructure Priority substances, emerging pollutants and contaminants, including behaviour, treatment and human impacts Reducing Impacts Risk Assessment Risk Assessment & Treatment Treatment & Removal Socio-economic considerations, governance and behavioural changes Behavioural Change Data management and Tools Governance & Good Practice Impacts of water charges Water Consumption

19 Future Research nPriority substances, emerging pollutants and contaminants, including behaviour, treatment and human impacts  Water JPI Joint Call 2013 – Projects to be awarded in 2014 nSocio-economic considerations, governance and behavioural Scoping stage  2014 EPA Research Water Scoping stage nMinimising risks associated with water infrastructure, climate change, extreme events and natural Scoping stage  2014 EPA Research Water Scoping stage Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 EPA Research : Water Pillar

20 Innovative Technologies Innovative technologies are required by the water industry to create products and services  contribute to improving the quantity and quality of water bodies  used in a more efficient way;  gain a better understanding of the socio-economic aspects, governance and behavioural changes associated with this area. The objectives of this research area are aligned with the aims of the European “Resource Efficiency Roadmap”. Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 EPA Research : Water Pillar

21 Innovative Technologies This thematic area will:  Developing novel treatment and distribution options and improving water systems efficiency  Development of sensor networks and real-time information systems in the water cycle and improved water treatment technologies.  Increasing water resource efficiency.  Gaining a better understanding of the socio-economic aspects, governance and behavioural changes associated within this area Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 EPA Research : Water Pillar

22 Future Research Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 Over 150 ideas EPA Research : Water Pillar

23 Future Research Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 EPA Research : Water Pillar Research AreasResearch Topics Advanced treatment & resources recovery in wastewater treatment Domestic Wastewater Treatment / Septic Tanks Effects of extreme weather Energy harnessing and management Infrastructure - Sewers Resource Recovery Water Treatment Development of more reliable and affordable water quality monitoring systems Data management EWS-Risk/Fault Assessment Monitoring (Quantity and Quality) Remote monitoring/real-time Development of robust, smart and cost-effective technological solutions for water distribution & storage Distribution/Storage Energy harnessing and management EWS-Risk/Fault Assessment Graywater Monitoring of water use & quality Water Treatment Socio-economic considerations, governance and behavioural changes Education Governance & Good Practice Prioritising capital investment for best environmental outcomes Public Perception

24 Future Research nAdvanced treatment & resources recovery nSocio-economic considerations, governance and behavioural changes nDevelopment of more reliable and affordable water quality monitoring systems nDevelopment of robust, smart and cost-effective technological Scoping stage  2014 EPA Research Water Scoping stage Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 EPA Research : Water Pillar

25 Emerging & Cross-Cutting Issues  Emerging policy and implementation research needs in relation to the implementation of the WFD and MSFD  Multi-agency trans-boundary programme of research on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction (UGEE) Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 EPA Research : Water Pillar

26 National Funding Landscape National Water Research Coordination Group National Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

27 nWssTP nWater JPI nEIP on Water nHorizon 2020 European Linkages & Funding International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

28 Promote coordination and collaboration of Research and Innovation in the European water sector, improving at the same time its competitiveness. WssTP International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

29 WssTP International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

30 WssTP Working Groups are key to the functioning, objectives, and implementation of the WssTP strategy.  Collaboration and coordination on water-related challenges dealing with RTD&I,  Improvement of global market opportunities for the European water-related technology, service, and knowledge providers, and  Promotion of consortium opportunities WssTP International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

31 WssTP Working Groups:  Financing for EU Competitiveness  Water & ICT  Water-Energy-Food Biodiversity Nexus  International Relations  Water and Industry  Resource Recovery  Membrane Technologies  Emerging Compounds WssTP International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

32 WssTP Working Groups ctd:  Urban Water Pollution  Bathing Water  Agriculture & Irrigation  Eco-System Services  Green Infrastructure  Managing Hydroclimatic Extremes Events  Shales Gas  Techwatch WssTP International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

33 Water JPI: Vision International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

34 Water JPI Research Questions International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

35 Water JPI Update nUpdate of the SRIA International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

36 Research Needs Smart water technologies Technological solutions (including biological processes) Energy water nexus Water reuse Water energy form ground Product recovery Innovation barriers Asset management Development of analytical techniques for groups of substances Disinfection byproducts, Emerging pollutants and pathogens, including their environmental effects Exploiting ageing urban water systems for dependable and cost-effective service Towards urban flood proof cities Improvement in the performance of water systems Impact of water scarcity on safe drinking water Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 International Linkages

37 Water JPI Update nHorizon 2020 ERAnets  2014: this call should support research and innovation developing technological solutions and services for water distribution and measurement, waste water treatment and reuse, desalination, floods and droughts etc. n08/04/2014  2015: the call should support research and innovation on sustainable water use in agriculture, to increase water use efficiency and reduce soil and water pollution. nDeadline is April 2015 International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

38 EIP Water  Speed up innovations that contribute to solving societal challenges  Enhance Europe's competitiveness  Contribute to job creation and economic growth EIPs help to pool expertise and resources by bringing together public and private actors at EU, national and regional level, combining supply- and demand-side measures 8 Priorities  5 priorities (Water reuse and recycling, water & wastewater treatment, water/energy, flood and drought, ecosystem services)  3 cross-cutting (governance, decision support, financing for innovation) International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

39 EIP Water Action Groups: voluntary multi-stakeholder develop, test, scale up, disseminate and stimulate the uptake of innovations by the market and society formalised via Calls for Expression of Commitment.  Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor for Recovery of Energy and Resources (AG036)  ARREAU - Accelerating Resource Recovery from Water Cycle (AG108)  AugMent - Water Monitoring for Decision Support (AG124)  CITY BLUEPRINTS - Improving Implementation Capacities of Cities and Regions (AG041)  COWAMA - Mitigation of Water Stress in Coastal Zones by Sust. Water Mngd (AG111) International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

40 EIP Water Action Groups ctd:  Ctrl+Swan - Monitoring and smart water network (AG126)  DISSME - Demand-Driven Innovation Support for SMEs via NNWPs (AG131)  EBCF - European Benchmark Cooperation Foundation (AG125)  ESE - Ecosystem Services for Europe (AG052)  EWW - Energy and Water Works - energizing sustainable deltas (AG115)  FinnoWater (AG013)  InduRe - Industrial Water Re-use and Recycling (AG045)  MAR Solutions - Managed Aquifer Recharge Strategies and Actions (AG128)  MEET-ME4water - Meeting Microbial Electrochemistry for water (AG110)  MSWTP - Modular low-cost concept for WWTPs design and build (AG118) International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

41 EIP Water Action Groups ctd:  PVAIZEC - Large PV Pumping Systems for zero energy irrigation (AG103)  Renewable Energy Desalination (AG025)  RESEWAM-O - Remote sensing for water management optimization (AG132)  RTWQM - Real Time Water Quality Monitoring (AG100)  SPADIS - Smart Prices and Drought Insurance Schemes in Mediterranean Countries (AG014)  W4EF - Framework for evaluation and reporting of the energy impacts on water (AG029)  Water Justice (AG117)  WaterCoRe - Regional governance of water scarcity and drought issues (AG042)  WaterReg - Water services regulation and governance in Europe (AG102)  WIRE - Water & Irrigated agriculture Resilient Europe (AG112) International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

42 Why get involved? International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014  Joint development and transfer of innovation  Visibility and exposure  Network opportunities  Support policy development to remove barriers to innovation  Access to water and innovation related information  Influence Horizon 2020 WPs  Working on projects that are linked to these initiatives will increase the chances for EU funding

43 Research Area Health, demographic change and wellbeing Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy Secure, clean and efficient energy Smart, green and integrated transport Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens H2020 Societal Challenges International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

44 Horizon Focus Areas Twelve focus areas - five linked to 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’: Waste Waste: A resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials Water innovation Water innovation: Boosting its value for Europe Energy-efficiency Disaster-resilience: Safeguarding society and adapting to climate change Blue growth: Unlocking the potential of the oceans International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

45  Boost EU competitiveness, growth and jobs in EU water sector  Position Europe as a global market leader in water related innovative solutions  Reinforcing Innovation in EU Water sector (innovation capacity and market uptake of RTD results) will contribute to major EU and global objectives EIP Water, EIP Agriculture, JPI on Water, SPIRE PPP, IPCC, Rio+20  Support the needs of relevant EU water, innovation and resource efficient policies, water related initiatives and international commitments: EIP Water, EIP Agriculture, JPI on Water, SPIRE PPP, IPCC, Rio+20, etc. Water Innovation Call International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

46  Bridging the gap: from innovative water solutions to market replication  Integrated approaches to food security, low-carbon energy, sustainable water management and climate change mitigation  Stepping up EU research and innovation cooperation in the water area  Harnessing EU water research and innovation results for industry, agriculture, policy makers and citizens  Strengthening international R&I cooperation in the field of water 2015 Topics International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014 SC : Boosting the potential of small businesses for eco-innovation and a sustainable supply of raw materials

47 Based on 2007/2008 results Priority Areas Relevant SC topics Key descriptors Water reuse and recycling SC5-WATER SC5-WATER SC5-WATER SC5-WATER “water reuse” “water recycling” “water efficiency” “water storage” Water and wastewater treatment, including recovery of resources SC5-WATER SC5-WATER LEIT-NMP24 –2015 “wastewater treatment” “water treatment” “drinking water” “water and resources recovery” “water sanitation & developing world” Water-Agriculture SC5-WATER “Water and bioeconomy” “water and agriculture” “water and irrigation” “water and food production” Flood and drought risk management SC5-WATER SC5-WATER “Flood risk” “drought risk” “water and extreme event” “hydrology” “water and climate change” “water resource management”” Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

48 Priority Areas Relevant SC topics Key descriptors Ecosystem services SC “Water and ecosystem” “water and ecosystem services” “aquatic ecosystems” “water and ecological engineering” Water governance (including policy & communication) SC5-WATER “Water governance” “ Water and transboundary” “water policy” “water regulatory and economic instruments” “water research uptake” Decision support systems and monitoring (and Smart Technologies) SC5-WATER LEIT-NMP24 –2015 “Water and decision support system” “Water monitoring” “telemetry” “Water and early warning” “smart water management” “water and earth observation” Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

49 Based on 2007/2008 results International Linkages Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014

50 More information More information on EPA Water Research, Water JPI and Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5: Contact Alice Wemaere Research Projects Database Search our Research Projects Database : Online Catalogue Register your Expertise in our Online Catalogue of Expertise in Environmental Research: Newsletter Sign Up to our Newsletter : Twitter Follow us on Twitter Showcasing Ireland’s Water & Waste Water Research Enterprise Ireland, 7 th May 2014


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