CEWP Business Program – Priority Segment: Urban Water – Webinar Series 2021 and side-events @Aquatech Shanghai, June 2021

The CEWP Business and Innovation Program offer a unique opportunity for European Companies to access the Chinese Market for Water Tech solutions. Through a series of events, companies will gain important insight into the market, will be offered several opportunities to be present their solutions and to establish relations with potential Chinese customers, as well as business and project partners.

In Spring 2021, focus will be on Urban Water (Sponge Cities and Wastewater Treatment Plants), while in Autumn 2021, focus will be on Rural Water (Water for the Agricultural Sector, and Water Supply and Sanitation Systems for Towns and Villages.

The aim of the China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) Business and Innovation Program is to contribute to the creation of a well-functioning market, to support the building of Chinese-European Innovation-oriented partnerships, and to facilitate the entry of European Companies to the Chinese Market.

At the core of the Business and Innovation Program, attention will be paid to solutions, which addresses the needs and challenges of the future, including a focus on the application of circular economy approaches the perspectives of digitalization, climate change resilience, supporting the UN SDGs and establishment of frameworks for business-cases. During the side-events, relation-building between Chinese and European Water Sector will be prioritized and facilitated.

 For Urban Water, a series of webinars will be held during Spring 2021 (March 16th and 30th, April 29th and May 18th) prior to physical side-events @Aquatech Shanghai on June, 2nd-4th, 2021

An additional side-event will be held @IWA World Congress in Copenhagen, September 15th-22nd, 2022.

For Rural Water, dates and events will be decided during Spring 2021.

Additional information can be found here.


What is in it for businesses?



  • Access to support reg market framework conditions: CEWP partnership with EU SME Centre and EU Chamber of Commerce Environment Working Group


  • Access to potential partners in China: business partners, project partners, sales partners, investors. Join our events and join the market promotion activities of our network of European Water Technology Business Organizations.


  • Visibility: possibility to present your experiences and competences at CEWP webinars and physical side-events @selected expos in China and Europe


Program for the Webinar series


March 16th – Water Management in development of Blue Green Cities

The Concept of Sponge Cities in China aims at managing excessive amounts of surface water, often causing severe and costly floods, by turning these water resources into urban development assets as part of an overall blue-green profile of the Future City. The webinar will explore the perspectives of Sponge City approach to constitute a key element of urban development, present concrete cases, discuss cross-sector elements including other urban functionalities, participatory approaches and relation to the concept of Smart Cities. Technology cases will focus on nature-based solutions in an urban setting and water retention.


Passcode: 390471


March 30th – Efficiency of Urban Water Infrastructure

Management of the Urban Water Infrastructure should ideally reflect the cyclic nature of water, however it is often subdivided among different entities. This may hamper an overall cost-efficient approach to ensuring of sustainable water resources provision, wastewater treatment and flood prevention measures. By applying a cross-sector, e.g. investments in reduction of water leakage can be compared to increasing reuse of treated wastewater and long-distance supply chains for water resources. What will hereby appear as the most cost-beneficiary investment in infrastructure?


Passcode: 077149


April 29th – Smart Water managing the whole Urban Water Cycle

Smart Water Management implies a substantial upgrading of Water Quality and Water Quantity Data Collection from a large number of sample points. Compared to previous analogue or semi-digitalized monitoring systems, a fully digitalized Water Grid will provide a significantly improved picture. This raises a number of questions: When can we expect to have sensors capable of monitoring all water quality parameters? How many sensors will be sufficient to provide an adequate amount of data? How to compile, store and ensure quality assurance of data from many different sources? How to handle sharing of data? And, not, least how to develop software for utilizing the data for modelling, scenarios, public planning and implementation of investment projects? And how to use digitalization for Asset Management?


Passcode: 475283


May 18th – Carbon Footprint of the Water Sector

China and EU have set ambitious targets for achieving energy efficiency and carbon neutrality. The Water Sector must contribute. How to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint? Which solutions are available for energy efficient water resources provision? How to ensure net-energy producing wastewater treatment plants? How to reduce NO-emissions for WWTPs? How to integrate wastewater treatment in resource recovery plants?


Passcode: 988792


Format of webinars

The webinars are set to take 2 hours. They are tentatively set to have 1-2 setting the scene speeches, 4 long technology cases, 4 short technology cases, , and 1-2 roundtables. Adding introduction and outro, and short speeches of Aquatech Amsterdam and EU SME Centre.


Interested in taking part?

You can take part in two ways, either by simply attending and listening, or by being actively involved as a case presenter or as part of roundtables. For attending, pls use the links inserted above.

If you are interested in taking active part as speaker, pls contact the Program Manager, Henrik Dissing, directly, hedis@mst.dk.