Rewarding innovation, IWA Best Practices on Resource Recovery Award 2017 now open.
Driven by environmental, economic, and ecological benefits, resource recovery from waste has started to draw attention worldwide. Recovering resources from water and wastewater can provide an alternative and economically viable source of resources supporting the resilience of human and natural systems under water stress. Resources from the water cycle can be water itself, energy (organic or thermal) and components such as nutrients and metals.
Deadline for submitting your application is 30th April 2017
A range of new initiatives are underway to promote and accelerate the development and uptake of resource recovery science and technologies. Innovation on resource recovery in the water cycle has been developing fast, but examples of large scale and marketable applications from current scientific innovations are scarce. The key issue here is how to move from research to practice, while also taking into account: a. the market potential for the resource recovered, b. appropriate public policy, regulation and institutional arrangements to support and accelerate resource recovery and c. stakeholders’ needs well integrated with technologies, markets, policy, new initiatives, current research and practice.
A best practice, is a proven technology on resource recovery, applied at full or demonstrative scale in the water cycle, which can serve as an excellent example for another country, area, company, etc.
Partnered with Watershare, IWA Resource Recovery Cluster is now calling for applications to the Best Practice Resource Recovery Award in the water cycle 2017. In 2015, for example, the first Award for Best Practice on Resource Recovery from Water was granted to the chain partners Reststoffenunie (now Aqua Minerals), Waternet, Ardagh Glass and Desso for their successful valorisation and high-value application of calcite pellets from drinking water softening. The IWA Best Practice Resource Recovery Award will be judged by an international evaluation committee chaired by Professor Willy Verstraete.