WATER AND SOIL TIMES ? Issue 12, May 2005 A newsletter for the ?Water Cycle and Soil Related Aspects? activities in the European Commissions Directorate General
EUROPEAN TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM FOR SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY The Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry is a joint initiative of Cefic (European Chemical
Industry Council), EuropaBio (The European Association for Bioindustries) facilitated by DG Research. It has been set up in close dialogue between the partners
following contacts starting already in 2002, and upon a formal invitation from Commissioner Philippe Busquin in November 2003.
The platform was officially announced during an event in Brussels on 6 July 2004.
The establishment of the Platform aims to boost chemical research, development and innovation in Europe. The objectives are to foster the development of
innovative chemistry and technologies that contribute to sustainability and ongoing competitiveness of the European chemical industry, through:
· the development of leading-edge advances in environmentally respectful, energy efficient, resource efficient processes and product technologies
in three main technology innovation areas: Industrial (white) biotechnology, Materials technology and Reaction and process design.
· research activities that address key aspects of health-safety-environment impacts
· actions that may allow identifying and addressing major barriers to innovation
The Platform consists of a network of strategic and intellectual alliances that bridge academia, industry, regulators and relevant stakeholders, to foster
the whole innovation process from idea to product launch.
Three working groups will coordinate the three main technology areas:
· Industrial biotechnology
· Materials technologies
· Reaction and process design
Moreover, a horizontal working group is being set up, which takes care of barriers and constraints to innovation, dealing with ?New Technology? Communications,
Testing Alternatives, Socio-economic impacts and Health, Safety and Environmental issues.
A draft vision document ('European Technology Platform for SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY: The vision for 2020 and beyond '), set up by a working group, was adopted
in the second stakeholder workshop in Barcelona on 4 March 2005. Please consult the webpage http://www.suschem.org/, from which the launch and vision documents
can be downloaded. The activities of the platform will be published widely through this website.
A mirror group, consisting of representatives of Member States, has been set up. It will allow coordination with national initiatives and projects, ensure
a two-way flow of information from and towards the working groups, and act as a discussion forum for Member States. The mirror group has already met twice in 2005.
The platform is currently, through 4 working groups, working on Strategic Research Agendas, which are expected to be adopted by the end of 2005. The platform
secretariat in CEFIC will generate regular newsflashes by e-mail, to which interested persons can subscribe.
Technology Platform contact: Mr Marian Mours: (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ; tel: +32 2 676 73 87). Commission services contact: Mr Andrea Tilche, DG Research (mailto:email@example.com
; tel: +32 2 299 63 42).
WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM
The Water Supply and Sanitation Platform (WSTTP) is progressing well. The four thematic and the horizontal working groups are at the stage of concluding
their individual contributions with regard to first draft vision documents, strategic research agendas and the implementation plans. In fact draft documents
have been already produced by the working group 2 (water for people), the working group 3 (water for industry) and the working group 4 (water in agriculture).
These documents are already available at the Platform?s website (www.wsstp.org) for consultation and comments. The documents provides an overview of the
major issues and challenges facing the water industry, the agriculture and the water supply and sanitation sector in urban, peri-urban and rural areas, gives
information on the various stakeholders needs and identifies the types of research needed to make each sector more sustainable both economically and environmentally.
On the basis of these documents, an overall vision document is being drafted. The vision paints a picture of what can be achieved if research and development
resources are made available to respond to the main water supply and sanitation issues.
WSSTP is getting more and more visibility. The relevance and potential impact of this stakeholders-driven initiative will be presented next 13th June 2005
in Madrid at the Centro de estudios hidrográficos del CEDEX. Further details are available from mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WEKNOW (Web-based European Knowledge Network on Water) FP5 project, a concerted action in the field of drinking water, is organizing its 2ND CONFERENCE
in Bratislava, Slovak republic, from 13-15 June 2005. The 2nd WEKNOW Conference intends to present the state of European science on drinking water quality
with emphasis on research outcomes that assist in risk assessment and risk management strategies. The invited presentations will be delivered by leading
experts in the European drinking water sector, representatives of the European Commission and WHO.
The main discussion themes are:
· Research aspects of risk assessment/risk management strategies and Drinking Water Safety Plans
· Review of on-going European drinking water research, its recent progress and challenges
The conference will facilitate:
· Exchange of information between researchers, end-users (operators, industry) and regulators
· Knowledge sharing and transfer among EU Member States, Associated and Eastern European countries
The conference will also host the final workshop of another EU funded project (MICRORISK) aiming to develop an harmonized framework and a quantitative microbiological
risk assessment approach for managing drinking water safety from source to tap. More information about the WEKNOW project and the Bratislava conference is
available at www.weknow-waternetwork.com.
WORKSHOP ON 'WHERE DO FERTILIERS GO?'
The Soil and Waste Unit of the European Commission Joint Research Centre is organising a workshop entitled 'Where do Fertilisers go?? This workshop aims
to assess and to improve the understanding of the fate of fertilisers from agriculture, by investigating the nitrogen and phosphorus surplus lost towards
soil, air and ground and surface waters.
Three major topics will be covered by invited speakers:
· Measurement techniques to assess the fate of fertilisers in the environment (soil, water, air)
· Modelling nutrient fate and losses
· Best practices in combating pollution originating from fertiliser from agriculture.
You are kindly invited to attend this workshop that will take place in Belgirate (Northern Italy) on 28-29 June 2005. The number of available places is limited
to 50, so please register as soon as possible. You will find all necessary registration information on the following website: http://viso.jrc.it/fertiliser/
Additional information may be obtained from mailto:email@example.com.
The final conference of the EU-funded project Harmonising Colloborative Planning (HarmoniCOP) will take place on Tuesday, the 4th of October in Osnabrueck,
Germany. Results on Participation in Water Management and the European Water Framework Directive will be highlighted from different perspectives:
· Participation and use of Models and Tools
· Fostering Social Learning
· Participation in Europe - Differences and Similarities
See www.harmonicop.info. For more information, please contact Dagmar Ridder on mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.