Four CEWP-EU SME Centre webinars have been organised from March to May 2021, followed by a total of more than 300 participants from 20 European countries plus China, exploring the management of the Urban Water Cycle in Europe and China. The webinars presented experiences and case studies and discussed various aspects of Urban Water Management including: blue-green and sponge cities, efficiency of water infrastructure, digitalisation and water sector carbon footprint.
The link between water and energy solutions were central to most webinars. The present discussion report builds on the webinar reports and take away messages from the roundtables, the chair and rapporteurs’ observations of the key results of the webinars as well as good experiences presented by the speakers of the webinars. The roundtables organised in each webinar focused on the framework conditions which would be necessary to implement the technologies available and forms the basis for the recommendations presented in this report. Observations and recommendations in the present report and webinar reports was further discussed in two seminars organised by CEWP and the EU SME Center at the Aquatech in Shanghai on 3 June 2021.