Number: 2017/10 - 2018/07 - 2019/10 - 2020/13
Period: 2017 – 2021
Terms of Reference
- Integrated water approach (2017)
- Integrated water approach and urban water (2018)
- Integrated water approach and urban water phase 2 (2019)
- Wastewater In Natural Environment (2020)
- Report ‘Integrated Water Approach: Industrial Water Management guidelines – A guidance for IED permit writers’ (English version)
- Report ‘Integrated Water Approach: Industrial Water Management Guidelines – A guidance for IED permit writers’ (Italian version)
- Addendum: Integrated Water Approach – A practical guide for IED permit writers – November 2018 (2017/10) (English version)
- Addendum: Integrated Water Approach – A practical guide for IED permit writers (Italian version)
- Urban Water Reuse – Final report (2018/07) (English version)
- Urban Water Reuse – Final report (2018/07) (Italian version)
- Urban Water Reuse – Final report (2018/07) (Portuguese version)
- Report ‘Integrated Water Approach: Circularity Index (2019) (English version)
- Report on good practices to promote the transition to circular economy in urban and industrial water management: A new water circularity index – Addendum (2020/13) (English version)
Project description and aims
More than 15 years after the emanation of several major Directives, including the Water Framework Directive (WFD), Directives on Nitrates, Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive, as well as the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (IPPC) now replaced by the Industrial Emissions Directive, their objectives remain to be fully achieved in many Member States. In particular the implementation of EU legislation on water and land has been identified as one of the top challenges in recent IMPEL research because of some problems at several levels such as: the transposition of EU legislation into national laws; the setting of environmental objectives and plans in Member States; the enforcement of the requirements, for example through permitting and inspection regimes.
The objective of this project is to identify, both from the regulatory that technological point of view, how the water resource is managed today in the industry sector subject to the Integrated Environmental Permitting (IEP) regulation.The main aim of the project is to compare and share among the IMPEL members the implementation of EU legislation relating to water resources management and protection in industrial installations and activities. New approaches for reducing fresh water consumption and over-abstraction of water are to be identified, enhancing water reuse through process analysis, water balance and utilities optimization.This project is also focused on the implementation of innovative technologies for industrial water treatment able to provide energy saving, sludge production minimization and re-use of treated waste waters, allowing to respect the required discharge limits.
Integrated water approach & Urban Water
The aim of this part of the project is, on the one hand, to enhance the guidelines on industrial water management best practices for three industrial sectors (Refinery, Pulp & Paper, Textile) developed in the previous project and test one sector in practice with a selected industrial operator and, on the other hand, to exchange current best practices with respect to water reuse of treated urban waste waters.
- Report on industrial and urban water reuse best practices and permitting process, promoted and disseminated by IMPEL.
- An immediate outcome will be the transfer of knowledge on current best practice with respect to integrated water use at industrial and urban level
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