Nowadays, 12% of water utilisation in the EU is devoted to industrial use. Since water is a scarce resource, it is crucial for the European industry to change the current paradigm and develop more sustainable and efficient water technologies, which is also an important element for increasing its competitiveness, because a significant amount of energy is consumed for industrial water treatment. In the sustainable development context, efficient water use is closely linked to the efficient use and re-use of other resources, such as energy, chemicals, raw materials and soils. As such, these aspects need to be considered holistically in order to develop sustainable solutions.Scope:
The main objective is the optimisation of the use of water in industry. Research activities should focus on several of the following areas:
The proposals should also include a Life cycle analysis, since it offers the framework to deliver meaningful information on the "water footprint" of manufactured goods, delivered services, business operations and consumer behaviour. The total footprint of the process regarding water, energy and resources should be considered.
Activities are expected to focus on Technology Readiness Levels 5 to 7 and to be centred around TRL 6. This topic addresses cross-KET activities. The proposals are expected to allocate at least 30% of the budget to demonstration activities.
This topic is particularly suitable for SMEs.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 5 and 7 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.Expected Impact:
In order to properly monitor the Resource Efficiency Impact, Key Performance Indicators should be implemented.
Proposals should include a business case and exploitation strategy, as outlined in the Introduction to the LEIT part of this Work Programme.