Innovation partnership to tackle environmental challenges of the water sector

In the face of the growing global water crisis, Royal HaskoningDHV and Cranfield University have signed a strategic relationship charter to co-create solutions that deliver sustainable and resilient water futures.
Partnership Royal HaskoningDHV and Cranfield University

Royal HaskoningDHV and Cranfield University have come together to find opportunities to deepen and broaden their collaboration on research, education, technology development and knowledge transfer. The parties will collaborate on a wide range of topics and challenges including:

Sustainable Wastewater Treatment and Water Quality Management

Collaboration to deliver sustainable low-cost solutions to meet ever-more stringent discharge consents, and turn this challenge into an opportunity for improved environmental and societal outcomes. Specific areas for focus include, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater treatment processes, removal of micropollutants from water supply, wastewater epidemiology, and combatting emerging pollutants.

Net Zero and the Circular Economy

Developing the required science and technology to transition the water sector to net zero. Opportunity in this area spans disciplines with emissions-free treatment, fuel and heat decarbonisation and resource recovery through green technologies at the heart of the collaboration.

Paul Lavender, Director, Water Utilities UK at Royal HaskoningDHV explains: “Both our organisations have been working on innovations to address the water industries challenges. By combining our interests and expertise in specific technologies and their application, we aim to accelerate the deployment of new technology. Royal HaskoningDHV has always had a commitment to investing in research and innovation and developing long-term partnerships. We see this as a new chapter in how we can engage with the UK water sector. We are excited to see how we will be able to exploit this to its best advantage, to help us develop water systems fit for the future.”

Cranfield University is a research intensive, postgraduate-only institution focussed on tackling real world issues to deliver a sustainable future. Cranfield works closely with business, academia and government in all aspects of research and innovation from the early innovative thinking through to practical development and application of new technology. This, combined with Royal HaskoningDHV’s people, expertise, partnerships and innovations, will lead to the development of solutions that are designed to enhance the lives of communities around the world.

Professor Paul Jeffrey, director of the Water Theme at Cranfield added: “Effective collaboration between the science-base and solution developers is crucial to the delivery of sustainable and resilient water futures. Our relationship with Royal HaskoningDHV is already of long standing and we are very proud to be able to formalise it with this strategic charter. This will allow a more systematic approach to our collaboration and enable us to respond more quickly to opportunities. Both organisations are recognised for the problem-driven emphasis to their knowledge generation and application activities, and the ultimate beneficiaries of the collaboration will be the communities and businesses facing water security and water management challenges.”

Image header - from left to right: Sigrid Scherrenberg, Franc van der Wielen, Chris Fogwill, Paul Lavender, Paul Roeleveld, Paul Jeffrey.

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