ICT4Water Action Group "Policy" (POL)
Actions related to this group from the “Digital Water Action Plan”:
1) Upgrade policies by considering the inclusion of real-time measurements
2) Data sharing and privacy management policies
3) Promote the links with the existing and future water legislation by deploying ICT4WATER use-case(s)
Action Group news
Prof Albert Chen at the Centre for Water Systems (CWS) has been appointed as a UK Senior Expert in the NERC Digital Environment Expert Network, as a part of NERC/UKRI Constructing a Digital Environment (CDE) Programme. The CDE Programme aims to develop thinking and practice around a ‘digitally enabled environment’, providing benefits for policy makers, businesses, communities and individuals.
Prof Chen is specialised in Water, Human and Environment studies. His research career started with computer modelling of urban floods and he is always enthusiastic in building digital solutions to improve the understanding and management of water environment. He has created a series of modelling tools to advance scientific knowledge on the interrelationships between different phenomena, services, and consequences related to water, human, and environment. The outputs have helped risk communications among stakeholders and citizens to reach consensus on flood mitigation measure and decision making.
“My vision is unleashing the power of hydroinformatics that enables efficient and effective interventions systematically strengthening the resilience of human and environment to the impacts of water-related hazards, for both the present and the future climate scenarios.”, Prof Chen says.
He is currently co-leading the Policy Action Group in the European Commission’s ICT4Water Cluster to review existing challenges and to identify the advantages and opportunities of integrated ICT applications within water sector. The outcomes will contribute to shaping policy recommendations at super-national, national, and local levels to facilitate the uptake of digital solutions.
The Policy Action Group has prepared a whitepaper named “The need for digital water in a green Europe – EU H2020 projects’ contribution to the implementation and strengthening of EU environmental policy“.
The purpose of this present document prepared by the Policy Action Group of the ICT4Water cluster is to highlight those possibilities that a more digitalised water industry can offer in support of the revision of the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive, the implementation of the revised EU Drinking Water Directive and the achievement of those goals established by the long-term environmental and climate strategies of the European Union. The document has been prepared after a process of consultation with members of consortia of about 60 EU-funded projects from ICT4Water cluster who were asked to complete a detailed questionnaire. After an initial analysis undertaken by an editorial board, individual leaders of specific projects were contacted in order to obtain further, indepth information. The resulting paper promotes the central role of the water sector within what is known as the Twin Transition to a green and digital economy as established in the objectives of the European Green Deal and above all recommends actions that would not only improve the management of the water sector as a whole within the context of the circular economy but also contribute significantly to the objectives of European environmental strategies that have been proposed during the period 2019-2020.
The document can be downloaded at the Publications Office of the EU.