Implement measures: setting plans into motion

After using the ECAM tool to assess your system, areas of improvement and suitable solutions will emerge with good potential to reduce energy cost and/or greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Here are a few steps to move towards implementation:



Private financing is particularly applicable for measures that generate a saving on the utility’s operational budget. When the investment produces co-benefits to the environment, economic growth or well-being of people, the financial gap can be filled through public sector financing. Preparing a bankable project is thereby key to receive funding.
General overview of the types of financial mechanism that exist at national and international levels:


Utility capacity: begin at the beginning

The current capacity of the utility refers to its pre-existing resources, processes, technology and relevant staff training at the beginning of the roadmap process. The ability to internally organise, identify opportunities and implement solutions effectively depends entirely on the capacity of the water utility.
Each utility has a different starting capacity, so the roadmap is designed so that utilities can begin with the minimum capacity necessary to understand what the areas for improvement are within their system. This process will also lead utilities to understand at which point consultant or expert support is needed to continue on this path.


Existing policies: What is already in motion to facilitate progress


There may be various policies or strategies at different governmental levels that are either directly or indirectly aligned with climate mitigation in the water sector. These policies and strategies can be found at the city scale, or at the state, regional, and national scales. In the case of the Paris Agreement, this is an example of a policy drafted at the international level and spread at the national level.


For example, in Peru the WaCCliM team has worked towards including carbon mitigation as part of the mandatory climate plan that utilities need to submit to the authorities. Read the case study here.

Stakeholder engagement

The engagement of key community stakeholders can facilitate improvements in the urban water sector through the development of lasting partnerships and support for specific projects. For example, if a wastewater utility needs to expand coverage, partnering with the neighbouring drinking water utility is beneficial for expanding both drinking water and wastewater services. In this scenario, the two utilities could apply for funding together with a stronger joint case.
As an example, utilities such as Waternet in Amsterdam report that it has taken them many years to get the stakeholders’ engagement to the level where carbon neutrality is now one of the objectives of the utility.

WaCCliM is working with pilot water utilities in four countries. Water utilities working with WaCCliM are becoming sector leaders, and are seizing the opportunity to become more efficient and effective in an uncertain future.

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