Canal and River Trust in the United Kingdom are the Lead Partner and work with five other organisations from the Netherlands (Rijkwaterstaat), Belgium (VLM and Université de Liège), France (Voies Navigables de France) and Ireland (Waterways Ireland) across a range of disciplines. Also involved are some key pressure groups such as Inland Waterways International (IWI), Inland Navigation Europe (INE) and the Network of Inland Waterways Europe (NIWE). Involvement from SME’s and / or Trade Organisations is key to the project’s success and Green WIN is working to set up an Advisory Group to help steer the trials in the right direction, offer practical suggestions, commercial insight and help increase the likelihood of getting greener technologies, systems and processes to market.
The project will share experiences between partners as solutions are explored and with the wider industry. Supported by the University of Liege each partner will deliver projects part funded by Green Win which will explore and evaluate the equipment selected and the ‘real world’ benefit these bring. A key part of the project is the involvement of support organisations and SMEs.
The project is supported by consultants Arcadis who are providing technical support and reports evaluating currently installed equipment. Aracadis will assist with the selection and design of solutions for each partner throughout the duration of the project. Pump manufactures are being engaged as solutions are developed. Their support explores new equipment as it comes on the market and supports the investment required for installation and evaluation. As well as manufacturers and consultants the project is working with Inland Waterways International. IWAI provide advocacy for the project helping the partners to achieve wider uptake and greater public awareness of the benefits that Green Win can deliver.
The project is keen to develop new relationships with other organisations and SMEs. Involvement from SME’s and/or Trade Organisations is key to the project’s success and Green WIN is working to set up an Advisory Group to help steer the trials in the right direction, offer practical suggestions, commercial insight and help increase the likelihood of getting greener technologies, systems and processes to market. Next time we will focus on HOW Green Win is trying to reduce the energy use and high carbon emissions WMO’s cause when pumping water around rivers and canals.