About us

The International Water Association (IWA) Climate Smart Utilities initiative is supporting water, sanitation, and urban drainage service providers in embracing the challenge and opportunity of transitioning towards Climate Smart Water Utilities- utilities that strive towards carbon neutrality, while adapting to climate change.  The initiative is structured around four components:

  1. Community of Practice (CoP) around adaptation and mitigation to climate change to support bridging science and practice and trigger the necessary cultural shifts and actions
  2. A web platform to support utilities sharing resources to support information sharing
  3. A Utility leaders peer-to-peer exchange programme to drive decision making towards Climate Smart
  4. Recognition Programme to increase awareness and set an inspiration to progress on the Climate Smart Utility

This programme aims to inspire utilities to become increasingly Climate Smart and embrace the cultural shift required for a water-wise future.

The WaCCliM project (2013-2022) is now completed. Our work continues under IWA’s Climate Smart Utilities initiative. Learn more.

WaCCliM Project

The WaCCliM project showed how the urban water sector can reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions while preparing for climate change. WaCCliM engaged with the international water and climate community, with national governments and with water and wastewater utilities as well as their associations in Jordan, Mexico and Peru. Together with its national and local partners, WaCCliM improved the carbon balance of utilities in these countries and beyond. At the same time, the project aimed to ensure that utilities increase their climate resilience, reduce their operational costs, and maintain, improve and adapt their services.

WaCCliM Project Utilities

WaCCliM is working with pilot water utilities in three countries, developing a roadmap to guide them towards energy and carbon neutrality.

Our Partners

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the International Water Association (IWA) worked together with their partners from Jordan, Mexico and Peru on the WaCCliM project (2013-2022). This knowledge platform is a deliverable from the joint work of IWA and the WaCCliM project, which is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.

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