Thursday, 18 July 2013

SusChem is now leading the newly created “Industry Expert Group on Barriers to Innovation” in the European Innovation Partnership on Water. This group is charged with supporting a task force preparing a diagnosis report on barriers to innovation in the water sector. Composed of selected personnel with years of expertise in the field, the Expert Group will voice the industry’s position and preferences in overcoming the many hurdles impeding innovation in the sector.
The Expert Group is formed by associations and companies with strong stakes in the water sector:  the municipality of Kalundborg in Denmark, Dow Iberica, EuropaBio (EU)/BiosSciences KTN, Abengoa Water, ESTEP, Cefic, Tecnicas Reunidas/ETP SMR, VITO, SusChem Spain, Solutex, TNO, Arkema, Cyprus Universtity of Technology, Kemira, Dechema, Copenhagen Capacity, WssTP and SusChem.

The aim of the report is to present a real diagnosis of the current European situation and to suggest actions to be taken to accelerate innovation in water. The support of the Expert Group from the industrial sector ensures that the final report will take account of every obstacle to innovation so that proper solutions can be adopted.

SusChem’s role in the Expert Group confirms its strong commitment to contribute to innovation in water – a key area for chemistry in Europe in the years to come.

What is the EIP on Water?
European Innovation Partnerships aim to speed up innovations that contribute to solving societal challenges, enhance Europe's competitiveness and create jobs and growth.
As part of the Partnerships, the EIP Water aims to

·         speed up development of water innovation

·         contribute to sustainable growth and employment

·         stimulate uptake of water innovations by market and society
The EIP Water will develop tools to support water-related innovation. These tools will not necessarily be linked to the priorities of the EIP Water, but they will also be available to any party dealing with water and innovation.

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