Global Climate Agenda
WaCCliM is providing evidence of the significant contribution that the urban water sector can make to limit global warming to well below 2°C.
The world has only just started to experience the drastic impacts of climate change on water and energy availability. An increased awareness of the interrelation between water, energy and carbon is the first stepping stone in developing a sectorial strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will support the transition to a climate-resilient future. The water sector’s contribution to this transition and to the Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement starts from a greater focus on energy requirements, greenhouse gas implications and clear carbon emission reduction targets.
A carbon neutral urban water sector could increase by 20% the Nationally Determined Contributions being committed by countries on the COP21 Paris Agreement.
WaCCliM is pioneering mitigation and adaptation solutions in the urban water sector in Jordan, Mexico and Peru.
A fourth cooperation in Thailand concluded successfully at the end of 2018.
Water and wastewater utilities following the WaCCliM Roadmap are becoming sector leaders, and are seizing the opportunity to become more efficient and effective in an uncertain future. Experiences from WaCCliM Pilots show that investing in increased energy efficiency in existing urban water services can reduce electricity-related emissions by up to 30 percent, with relatively simple measures. It also offers financial savings leading to short pay-back times on the investment, and a stronger financial situation in the long term.
WaCCliM works with partner utilities in three countries, supporting
the transition to a climate-smart and sustainable urban water sector.
ECAM – the first of its kind to allow for a holistic approach of the urban water cycle to drive greenhouse gas emissions reduction in utilities. ECAM provides decision support to water and wastewater utilities’ operators on which improvements can have the biggest impact across the urban water cycle, while pro-actively preparing them for future reporting needs on climate mitigation.
A standardized greenhouse gas emissions accounting of the urban water cycle can help policymakers and other decision makers develop effective policies and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions holistically.