Adaptation & Resilience – Report following Water Climate Discussion Series Discussion (13 May 2021)

The Water Climate Discussion series is creating a space to come together and help the water sector build its leading role in addressing the climate crisis. The series is the result of close collaboration between water institutions who have come together recognizing climate change as an existential threat and wish to have a voice promoting a key message: water is climate.
This report has been produced based on the discussion lead by Lucien Damiba from WaterAid, Trevor Bishop of WRSE, and the participants’ interaction during the first discussion of the series: Adaptation and Resilience, on Thursday, 13 May 2021. Chapter numbers refer to chapter markers in the video recording of the discussion.

Factsheet-ECAM 3.0 Assessing the Carbon Footprint of Urban Water Utilities-EN

The “Energy Performance and Carbon Emissions Assessment and Monitoring Tool” (ECAM) offers unique capabilities for assessing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy consumption of water and sanitation systems. Gain greater insights by identifying areas to reduce GHG emissions, increase energy savings and improve overall efficiencies to reduce costs.

Ficha técnica-ECAM 3.0 Midiendo la huella de carbono de las empresas de agua y saneamiento-ES

La “Herramienta de Evaluación y Monitoreo del Desempeño Energético y Emisiones de Carbono” (ECAM) ofrece capacidades excepcionales para evaluar las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI) y el consumo de energía en sistemas de agua y saneamiento. Obtenga nuevas perspectivas al identificar áreas de oportunidad para reducir las emisiones de GEI, aumentar el ahorro de energía y mejorar la eficiencia general para reducir costos.

Evaluation of the wastewater reutilization for irrigation in high-water stress regions in Chihuahua, Mexico

This document intends to depict the existing situation in Chihuahua City, capital of the state of Chihuahua, in the northern region of Mexico, including its climate context, water situation, wastewater treatment infrastructure, and greenhouse gas emissions from this process. To achieve this goal, the methodology of this project comprises an extensive literature research on climate change, the context of Mexico, and international case studies; communication with organizations and authorities in Chihuahua that provide valuable data and information, and calculations based on literature and on the guidelines of WaCCliM.

Fact Sheet | Strengthening the Water-Energy-Climate Nexus for Green Recovery

Continuous and financially sustainable water and sanitation services are the backbone of resilient economies, particularly during challenging times. In addition to that, the urban water sector can lead the transition towards green recovery through targeted investments, embarking on a pathway towards decarbonization and environmental sustainability. Besides securing continuous drinking water and sanitation for hygiene measures and industrial production, an investment initiative is needed to tap the full potential of combining water, energy and climate action. Implementing low carbon energy projects in the urban water and sanitation sector improves utilities services and financial sustainability, creates green jobs and local business opportunities, protects the climate and environment and increases resilience to face future financial, health and climate crises.

The Urban Water Utility of the Future: Peak Performance & Low Carbon (webinar on demand)

Learning Objectives

• Participants are aware of the opportunity of a low carbon future for utilities and the necessity to adopt a “low-Carbon” mindset.
• Participants will become familiar with the WaCCliM Roadmap, its five-step process and a number of critical components (which include data management needs and assessment tools, an enabling environment, a ‘bankable’ project proposal, and a monitoring plan).
• Participants have several ideas of practical measures that can be implemented by utilities to become climate smart, illustrated by case studies.
• Participants have a go-to resource to apply the five-step process and are energised to initiate action within their organization.

Decarbonisation of water utilities- Tool for energy and carbon emission assessment (webinar on demand)

Learning Objectives of the Webinar:

After the session the participants:

1. Understand drivers and justification for decarbonising by utilities
2. Can explain the purpose and the basic applications of the ECAM tool and its relevance for utilities.
3. Are inspired to initiate steps to realize CO2 low water utilities and look for solutions to overcome costs related issues
4. Are aware of the big picture impact of mitigation and the importance of creating an enabling environment

WaCCliM Case Study – Portugal

Over recent years Portuguese water and waste water utilities have faced a enormous challenge, mainly due to economic crises but also through the transition between a period of significant investment in infrastructure and a most recent period which has been more focused on optimization, resource recovery, the circular economy towards an economy less dependent on fossil energy, developing the potential to produce energy from renewable sources, maximizing processes efficiency and reducing GHG emissions.

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