Water JPI response to the EU Action Plan Zero Pollution consultation

The Task Force on the Interactions with Horizon 2020/Horizon EU has welcomed the Commission’s roadmap proposal «Towards a Zero Pollution Ambition for air, water and soil» as it complements very well the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

The Task Force has highlighted that the Water JPI strongly supports the ambition of the Commission to better prevent, remedy, monitor and report on pollution, and mainstream the zero pollution ambition into all policy developments. Moreover, the Water JPI is willing to coordinate with the Commission considering the accumulated knowledge thanks to both the expertise and the outputs from relevant activities and funded projects.

The Water JPI community agrees with the 4 pillar-based Action Plan as it combines enforcement, governance, technological development and social innovation measures. Within the Consultation the Task Force stressed that these measures should be strengthened by collaborative research and innovation actions in a number of areas for supporting actions on several issues such as, among the others, the development of methodologies and strategies to prevent, remediate and reduce pollutants at point and non-point sources; the development and roll-out of innovative cost-effective wastewater technologies to enhance the removal of pollutants in wastewater; and the development of tools for pollution detection, monitoring, prevention, removal and risk prediction.

You can download the Full Water JPI position paper here.