Climate change has such a tremendous impact on the water sector that it is in our interest to contribute to adaptation and mitigation, working across different industries and sharing expertise. We are also learning that greater trust can be achieved between the water sector and the public through consultation, and greater trust can, in turn, help to facilitate the implementation of innovations. Can we make these advancements across sectors, achieve Sustainable Development Goals and create this circular economy by 2030? The answer is “Let’s go for this, let’s aim high”. Across Europe, we see excellent examples related to water reuse, use of alternative sources, recovery of energy like biogas and heat, and the recovery of nutrients from wastewater. The next step would be to connect the water sector with others, stimulating a circular ecosystem so that water and resources can be exchanged seamlessly.
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Jos Frijns, Resilience Management & Governance team leader at KWR.