IWA launches recognition programme for Climate Smart Utilities
IWA is launching a dedicated recognition programme for water, wastewater, and urban drainage utilities willing to improve their climate resilience and showcase their actions.
The IWA Climate Smart Utilities Recognition Programme aims to inspire utilities to be increasingly Climate Smart and to embrace the cultural shift on three interconnected pillars for action: adaptation, mitigation, and leadership.
The IWA Climate Smart Utilities initiative invites utilities who are already taking any kind of climate smart action to apply to the IWA Climate Smart Recognition Programme, as part of the three iterative steps of the Climate Smart journey:
- Increasing Awareness, which IWA currently supports through inviting utilities and IWA members at wide to endorse the Climate Smart Utilities Vision.
- Taking Action, which IWA inspires through the description of an ideal Climate Smart utility, as presented in the Application Guidance IWA also offers a peer-to-peer exchange through the Community of Practice meetings and web platform.
- Celebrating and sharing the work in progress at the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition 2022, where applying utilities will share their success stories and challenges. This contributes to increase awareness of key stakeholders of the transition, and to inspire action in utilities, looping back to steps 1 and 2 of the journey.
This first edition is brought to the water community thanks to the support of Xylem. Submissions will be assessed by an independent panel. To be considered for recognition at this first event, utilities are invited to submit an application before 30 June 2022.