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...... Matrix presenting action plan on policy Tools


Authors : Antonia Morales (Cefic), Wim Schiettecatte (Vito)


ChemWater project WP5 has the objective of defining strategies and measures that can create conditions to facilitate the transfer of technological and non-technological innovation into commercial products and services. Next to the link to the technological synergies and integration measures from WP4, the focus will be on soft measures: - Development of a strategy for creating synergies between technological and economic mind setting and adoption by society and industry of the integrative approaches - Development of a strategy to enhance policy tools to facilitate or to debottleneck the introduction of new materials in water technologies and introducing water technologies in chemistry. Since the project started at the same time of the launching of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water, it was decided to align the objectives and scope of the ChemWater project to the EIP. One of the major changes was to enlarge the scope to other sectors that might face the same challenges and benefit from the same or little adapted solutions. The objective of task 5.4 is to propose recommendations for policy tools that enhance cross-sector technology transfer in order to support the development of a market for technologies aiming at a more sustainable management of water by the chemical industry and other big water user sectors. Throughout the lifespan of the project, several workshops had taken place with the objective of gathering information about the current situation in industrial water management, including the identification of barriers and bottlenecks to implement innovation in the water field. Overcoming these barriers and bottlenecks should result in a faster implementation of new solutions to address the water challenges for European industries. The technology offer is high although some gaps have been also identified and described in WP2 and WP4, and the result is the Joint Implementation Action Plan. Implementation of innovation is boosted, on the one hand by market needs, that is, the demand aspect and technological solutions offered, but on the other hand, there is a need of creating an atmosphere of confidence to invest in innovation in water (non-technology perspective). Both, technology and non-technology innovation could be fostered by policy measures. For the objective of this report, the identified barriers for a wider implementation of innovative solutions have been grouped as: Economic; Market; Health & Safety issues; Policy/Regulatory/Governance; Socio-cultural; Others and Skills and education. Concerning the “Policy tools” a selection of the ones considered more relevant for the scope of the ChemWater project, has been done. The proposed measures are expected to influence in a positive way the future landscape of water management in industry.


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