17 Dec THE CWP PARTICIPATES IN THE COP25 IN MADRID
Xavier Amores, director of the Catalan Water Partnership, participated in the 25th edition of the World Climate Summit COP25, which took place from December 2 to 13 in the IFEMA fairgrounds in Madrid, organized by United Nations, the most important global event on climate change. Specifically, the CWP participated in the Green Zone December 12 panel discussion with other clusters discussing industrial ecosystems and open innovation, and what role clusters may play in their contribution to the fight. Against climate change, the event was also attended by EU representatives like Eva Revilla. Xavier Amores made a presentation focusing on the circular economy in the water sector, in which he presented the challenges in water management and CWP projects to promote sustainability as:
- Hydrousa, a project of more than € 12M and 27 partners throughout Europe with the support of the H2020 program to apply the Circular Economy in the tourism sector of the Mediterranean, specifically in the Greek islands to close the water cycle, to generate energy as biogas and use sludge as a fertilizer. The CWP has the role of promoting the replicability of these technologies in the Mediterranean.
- Simbaicat, an industrial symbiosis project in the water sector with the support of the Catalan Waste Agency to promote the use of waste by CWP companies as a resource for other companies in the cluster.
- Polifavi, Watertur, etc. as examples of a set of actions that, through cooperation between the water sector and other water intensive sectors such as the wine or tourism sectors, are achieving greater efficiency in the consumption of water, energy and chemicals, or the potential reuse of water.
It could also contextualize the need for these projects in the face of the advancement of desertification throughout the Mediterranean area, the high per capita water footprint in Spain and the impact and high water consumption of multiple sectors such as the food or tourism in periods of severe water scarcity.