EnergyWater Improving energy efficiency in industrial water processes

Improving energy efficiency in industrial water processes through benchmarking and benchlearning tools in Europe manufacturing industryenergywater

European Project

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The Energywater Project has been funded by the European Commision under the H2020 program which is the is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

Energywater is a collaborative project led by the Technological Institute of Castilla and Leon (ITCL) with a duration of three years and a budget of 1,983,187.50 euros.

The project consortium consists of 10 institutions from 8 European countries (ES, UK, CY, FR, IR, GR, BE, IT).


ITCL, Carbon Trust, SOCAMEX – URBASER, Cyprus Energy Agency, International Office for Water, Clean Technology Centre Cork Institute of Technology; WINGS ICT Solutions,  European Technology Platform for Water, SMARTFUTURE.EU and Okavango Energy.


  1. Improve the competitiveness of the EU industrial sector by reducing 20% energy costs in industrial water processes. A total reduction of 26 GWh/year will be achieved at the end of the project implementing energy efficiency measures in the European manufacturing companies.
  2. Identify saving potentials and benchmark energy performance through an Energy Management Self‐
    Assessment (EMSA) collaborative web‐tool. Manufacturing industries can anonymously introduce their data into the EMSA web‐tool to know their ranking regarding other industries with the same processes.
  3. Strengthen the energy saving market through the creation of an “Energy Angels” network: facilitating
    contacts with skilled energy managers and auditors and providing access to support for the implementation and financing of water energy efficiency projects. The energywater proposal will prepare the ground for investment facilitating information about potential savings and establishing a network of qualified providers (with technical and financial skill). Furthermore the Energy Angels network will implement a training module to improve the availability of skilled energy managers and auditors in which at least 200 people will be trained.
  4. Improve energy performance in industrial water processes through benchmarking activities and a best
    practice guide based on real experience case studies. Saving strategies identified in the EMSA web‐tool will be implemented in manufacturing industries. The best energy saving strategies to manage industrial water processes will be compiled in a guidance document.
  5. Influence energy efficiency regulation through public authorities’ involvement. In order to optimise energy efficiency in manufacturing industries both private and public stakeholders have to be aware of their role. We will make public authorities part of the energywater project with the objective to identify and remove regulatory and non‐regulatory barriers to the use of energy performance contracting and other third‐party financing arrangements for energy savings.

Project length: 2016-2019