The World Canals Conference took place in Leipzig, Germany from 31 May to 3 June 2022 after an unwelcome break due to covid. Read More
Greener Waterway Infrastructure (Green WIN) is an Interreg North West Europe (NWE) funded project, running from November 2018 to Dec 2022. It tackles the excess energy use and high carbon emissions Waterway Management Organisations (WMO’s) cause when pumping water around the region’s rivers and canals. The project partnership is made up of WMO’s, Universities, Public Service Organisations and Inland Waterways experts from across NWE and is committed to working together to find solutions to this problem.
Partners will carry out laboratory trials to check how well current pumping technologies, systems and processes are performing and to see if we can adapt these to optimise performance, use less energy and produce fewer emissions. We trial different configurations of equipment to see if they work more efficiently and if there are optimal ways to deploy these re-configurations in different hydrological and operational scenarios. We also examine how, or if, we can incorporate renewable energy solutions into existing pumping technologies.
This research stage is followed by live testing of the strongest solutions developed, at 11 pilot sites across the UK, Ireland and France to check how they work in real operational conditions.
Our aim is for the solutions progressed in Green WIN to be developed further, or adapted, by SME’s and pump manufacturers. Individuals or representatives from their trade organisations are being invited to support these activities, participating on an Advisory Board, giving technical advice at the installations of pumps / systems at the trials and in the initial testing at the University of Liège’s laboratories. Their commercial insights will give us a better understanding of the industry’s needs and help ensure we focus on the things that should increase the chances of our greener technologies, systems and processes getting to market.
Persuading others to adopt Green WIN’s solutions as good practice is vital if we are to achieve wider efficiencies and carbon reductions. We will be working hard to ensure our tested solutions are applied across more NWE waterways and want to encourage WMO’s outside the partnership to install equipment or adopt the improved systems and processes demonstrated. The investment, procurement and business plan we set out in a Green Practices Toolkit is intended to assist their pump replacement planning when existing equipment approaches ‘end of life’.
We will set up a Greener Waterways Network to promote and sustain the findings from Green WIN long in to the future, teaming up with other inland waterway organisations and environmental groups to champion this initiative and encourage more WMO’s across Europe to use them to help ‘make their waterways greener’.
Scarriff Co Clare
Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat
Université de Liège - HECE
7 Place du 20-Août
Voies Navigables de France
175 Rue Ludovic Boutlex
15 Koning Albert II-laan
Canal & River Trust
|Canal & River Trust
|Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat
|Université de Liège - HECE
|Prof. Benjamin J. Dewals
|Voies Navigables de France
A landmark moment was reached on Tuesday 14th June as Green WIN partners were finally able to meet up in person to witness pumps being tested in the custom-built test facility at the University de Liège. Read More
Over the Summer partners ‘hit the road’ again in June; presenting Green WIN, at the International Association for Hydro-environmental Research and Engineering (IAHR) World Congress in Granada, Spain and a UNECE workshop (though this was online from the Canal & River Trust office in Milton Keynes…) Read More
Canal & River Trust recently published an article on its website titled Why Yorkshire’s industrial age canal can help tackle the climate crisis. Read More
Canal & River Trust recently installed two large three-ton pumps at Gloucester Pumping Station in Gloucester Docks. The new energy efficient pumps join the two existing ones to play a crucial role in managing water resources in Gloucester and Bristol. Read More
Canal & River Trust have set up a section on their website to highlight Nine ways canals can fight climate change. Read More
Waterways Ireland has closed its recent tendering exercise for various pumps and instrumentation. Read More
Experimental tests are on-going on the laboratory test bench constructed at University of Liege. Read More
Read about the work that is going on with the Investigation and optimization with the operation of six pumping installations that have been pumping water away for years in the subsidence area in Heuden-Zolder Read More
Water Board Drents Overijsselse Delta (WDODelta) is working together with various contractors on the application of sustainable use of materials and circular and modular construction in the renovation of 60 pumping stations and weirs . Read More
The next Green WIN Technical Group Meeting will take place in Brussels (Belgium) in March 2020.
This INTERREG NWE transnational event will focus on the results achieved by the 83 NWE projects funded so far, and how to further support their uptake and impact.
GreenWIN's next partners meeting will take place between October 7th and October 9th in Utrecht.
Green WIN, thanks to the help of the Network of Inland Waterways Europe (NIWE) will be represented at the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019.
The conference Smart Rivers 2019 is an incomparable opportunity for Green WIN to meet international actors of river transport and the global transportation network with a view of exchanging the best practices and global trends in the field of sustainable development of inland waterways within the overall supply of transport.
The second GreenWIN Technical Group Meeting will take place in the Université de Liège (Belgium) in May 2019.
Further to the Technical Sub Group Skype call that took place in December 2018, this two day technical meeting was organised for the partners to meet in Birmingham.
Two days to go before the first face meeting of the GreenWIN technical sub-goup...
Following the first partners' meeting in Paris in November, it was agreed that a technical sub group call would be organised to discuss the test and trials and all other technical requirements for the project.
Following the first partners' meeting in Paris in November, it was agreed that a communication sub group call would be organised quickly to discuss the communication plan and schedule as well as the poster, banner, plaque and flyer in order to offer a final draft to all the partners.
Click here to view the Green Win articles published by JPI Climate on their September 2020 newsletter and by Water Active in December 2020. Read More
Click here to view the Green Win Risk Management Plan. Read More
Click here to view the Green Win communication strategy. Read More
Click here to download the first GreenWIN flyer. Read More
Click here to download the GreenWIN banner. Read More