24 Sep 2020

Royal HaskoningDHV has been announced as winner of the 2020 Global Water Awards for ‘Water Technology Company of the Year’ for its significant contribution to sector innovation.

Organised by Global Water Intelligence (GWI), leading publisher and event organiser in the water sector, this prestigious award is presented to the company that made the most significant contribution to the field of water and digital technology.

Tom Scotney, Editor from GWI explained the decision: "In 2019 Royal HaskoningDHV took giant strides in the transition to the circular economy as it led the way in resource recovery. It initiated the first large-scale production unit for its ground-breaking biopolymer product Kaumera Nereda® Gum, while the firm scored impressive results with a new sludge digestion technology Ephyra®, its Aquasuite software and digital twin solutions."

Niels Schallenberg, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Global Director Water commented on the award: “Water and digital technology are at the heart of everything we do, so it is a huge honour to be recognised for our commitment to the sector. We work closely with key partners across the globe and through our ongoing innovations we aim to achieve our vision for water through water reuse, resource recovery, energy gain – all virtually operated. Ultimately, helping us to enhance society together.”

Watch the video message from Royal HaskoningDHV’s Global Director Water Niels Schallenberg


Following the award-winning Nereda® technology for wastewater treatment, Royal HaskoningDHV’s innovations in water and digital technology in 2019 centred around the development of biopolymer product Kaumera Nereda Gum, Ephyra sludge digestion system and its Aquasuite software to virtually operate water plants. All these innovations can integrate seamlessly to work together to the benefit of the water companies.

Niels Schallenberg added: “These innovations help address global challenges like climate change and resource scarcity. Nereda technology treats wastewater without chemicals, with low energy costs and it cuts CO2 emissions, Kaumera is a viable bio-based alternative to fossil-based resources, Ephyra makes wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) energy self-sufficient and Aquasuite uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve plants’ efficiency and effectiveness.”

Earlier this year, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Nereda technology was recognised by GWI as the ‘breakthrough technology of the decade’. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, the team responsible for this technology has responded to demand by developing and launching a standardised range of Nereda Package and Mini Plants, which fill the gap for small WWTPs serving populations up to 10,000.

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