Worldwide News NEW WAYS TO IMPROVE WATER EFFICIENCY In view of the requirements of water related policies, the eco-efficient and sustainable industrial water management is considered to be one of the main strategies for environmental protection in many European countries. The chemical industry is a cornerstone of the European economy. It converts raw materials into thousands of different products and is both a major water user and a solution provider for the key strategic European process industry sectors such as mining, industrial biotechnology, health, food, electronic, pulp and paper and energy. the chemical industry with the objective of increased eco-efficiency and sustainability. Particularly the societal, environmental and economic challenges are in focus where innovative solutions are needed to uncouple growth from water use. E4Water builds on state-of-the-art and new basic R&D concepts. Their realization, improvement, utilization and validation, with the compromise of early industrial adaptors, are clearly innovative. E4Water realizes this by (1) developing and testing innovative materials, process technologies, tools and methodologies for an integrated water management, (2) The chemical industry offers significant potential for increasing eco-efficiency in industrial water management also for other industrial sectors. Primary contributions of the E4Water project include a paradigm shift in the chemical industry to create a breakthrough in industrial water treatment and management. The project addresses crucial process industry needs, to overcome bottlenecks and barriers for an integrated and energy efficient water management. International partners, namely industry stakeholders, research partners and end users, deal with reduction of water use, wastewater production and energy use in 10 A special edition from PROCESS Picture: E4Water The FP7 EU project E4Water — “Economically and ecologically efficient water management in the European Chemical Industry” — deals with water reuse, wastewater production, energy use, and economic growth to achieve an integrated industrial water management approach. DR. CHRISTINA JUNGFER The E4Water concept, following an integrated, multi-disciplinary and holistic approach in different industrial scales and across sectors. The dashed lines indicate the impact by E4Water, CS (= case study) indicate where on site industrial pilot testing and demonstration are focused on, the number allows their identification. C. Jungfer is Project Manager at DECHEMA e.V.
ACHEMA Worldwide News 2/2014
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