Seven consortia with Dutch partners starting within ERA-NET cofund Sustainable Urbanization Global Initiative

13 February 2018

A total of 15 projects have been awarded within the ERA-NET cofund "Sustainable Urbanization Global Initiative" (SUGI) for the call Food-Water-Energy-Nexus. Seven of these 15 projects have a Dutch partner.

Food-Water-Energy Nexus

The interactions between food, water and energy are of paramount interest to policy, science and the society at large. Challenges connected with population increase and food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources demand solutions.
The SUGI/Food-Water-Energy-Nexus call enables the participants to develop projects aimed at finding solutions for the food, water and energy nexus for sustainable urbanization. The goal is to rapidly evolve the knowledge base, advanced indicators and assessment tools required for a comprehensive understanding of the Food-Water-Energy-Nexus.

The projects have a duration of three years.

Below you will find an overview of the awarded projects with Dutch partners.

Awarded projects

CITYFOOD: Smart integrated multitrophic city food production systems
Feeding rapidly growing urban populations requires innovative solutions that ensure efficient water, energy, and nutrients management. The project CITYFOOD investigates quasi-closed loop integrated aqua-agriculture (IAAC) systems to address this global challenge. IAAC systems produce fish and plants, while re-using the fish water as fertiliser in nearly emission-free facilities. This emergent technology is currently still a niche market. CITYFOOD will develop strategies to further the popularity and application of this space and resource friendly food production system in urban areas. The multidisciplinary project team will involve city planners, urban farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and engaged citizen to reach its goals.

Project leader: Dr. Daniela Baganz, Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. – Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Partners: Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V, Wageningen University, University of Gothenburg, Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research, SRP Gesellschaft für Stadt- und Regionalplanung mbH, Universidade Estadual Paulista, University of Washington

CRUNCH: Climate Resilient Urban Nexus Choices
CRUNCH will demonstrate how the Food-Water-Energy Nexus can strengthen urban resilience of the participating cities (Southend-on-Sea, Gdansk, Uppsala, Eindhoven; Miami and Taipei), by creating an interconnected knowledge platform with cross-sectorial indicators for a support tool/assessment framework (the Integrated Decision Support System - IDSS), to guide and improve robust decision making on future urban development.

Potential solutions in Urban Living-Labs (ULLs) include sustainable urban drainage systems, urban food production and renewable energy systems using biomass (from organic waste). These ULLs will be co-designed, supported by Follower/Multiplier Cities and underpinned by strategic trajectories through an evidence based framework, creating resilient, resource-efficient cities.

Project leader: prof. Steffen Lehmann, University of Portsmouth (UK)

Partners: University of Portsmouth, National Taiwan University, KnowNow Information Ltd, Eindhoven University of Technology, Experior Micro Technologies Ltd., Florida International University FIU, Uppsala University, Glasgow City Council, Gdansk University of Technology, AECOM Ltd, Soil Association, Southend on Sea Borough Council

ENLARGE: ENabling LARGE-scale integration of technology hubs to enhance community resiliency via DDS in various urban FWE nexuses
Community resilience is strongly connected to the urban Food-Water-Energy (FWE) nexus. ENLARGE develops a new Decentralised Decision Support System (DDSS) for decision makers to increase resilience of cities against the natural and human-induced stresses. The new DDSS can simulate and test various planning scenarios in the urban FWE nexus, and assess how different technologies can be synergistically integrated with respect to cost-benefit and social-equity factors. ENLARGE will produce sustainable action plans to minimize water, carbon and ecological footprints for the metropolitan regions of Amsterdam, Orlando and Paris, seeking to increase community resilience and reduce operational risk under climate change impact.

Project leader: prof. dr. ir. Nick van de Giesen, Delft University of Technology

Partners: Delft University of Technology, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitian Solutions, University of Central Florida, IRSTEA, Ecosec, ECOFILAE, Institute for Sustainable Communities

GLOCULL: Globally and LOCally-sustainable food-water-energy innovation in Urban Living Labs
Many cities across the globe experiment with innovative solutions to challenges in the food, water and energy system. However, issues of food, water and energy are often tightly connected with each other, not only locally but also globally. This is known as the Food-Water-Energy (FWE) nexus. As a result, an effective solution to a local water problem may cause new local problems with food or energy, or cause new water problems at the global level. For local actors, it is very difficult to anticipate whether solutions to one issue in the FWE nexus are sustainable across food, water and energy systems, both at the local and the global scale. In response, the GLOCULL project aims to develop a novel approach to produce innovative solutions to FWE challenges that are both locally and globally sustainable, through experiments in Urban Living Labs in seven countries (Austria, Brazil, Germany Netherlands, South-Africa, Sweden and the USA).

Project leader: dr. Ron Cörvers, Maastricht University

Partners: Maastricht University, Lund University, LUCSUS, School of Public Health University of Sao Paulo, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Arizona State University, Stellenbosch University, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, AB Brygghuset Finn, Local First Arizona, City of Tempe, Nikko Photovoltaik, City of Phoenix

M-NEX: The Moveable NEXUS: Design-led urban food, water and energy management innovation in new boundary conditions of change
Urban communities are particularly vulnerable to the future demand of food, water and energy, and this is further acerbated by the onset of climate change. A solution needs to be found for a FEW nexus. This internationally diverse project, based around urban design practice, sees urban agriculture as a key facilitator of the Nexus, needing water and energy to become productive. Working directly with living labs in some of the most vulnerable communities in the partner cities, the team aims to codesign new food futures with stakeholders that leave them less vulnerable to forces disturbing the nexus. The lessons learned from these stakeholder workshops will be shared outside the team, so that lessons learned locally can be applied globally.

Project leader: Wanglin Yan, KEIO University

Partners: Keio University, Delft University of Technology, Queens University Belfast, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Qatar University, Maccreanor Lavington, University of Technology Sydney, University of Michigan

Urbanising in Place: Building the food water energy nexus from below
Farmers and food growing communities play a crucial role in managing the food-water-energy nexus in the metropolitan fringe. Contemporary dynamics of urbanization tend to push farmers and food growers out of the city boundaries, displacing food production and resources conservation practices too. ‘Urbanising in place’ will imagine new ways to bolster the role of food growers in managing the FWE nexus rather than pushing them out. The project brings together innovative practices from 4 different contexts (Riga, Rosario, Brussels, London) in an international platform aimed at mutual learning and the identification of critical pathways for change.

Project leader: prof.dr.ir. Michiel Dehaene, Ghent University

Partners: Ghent University, Coventry University, Art Academy of Latvia, Sampling, URBEM, Architecture Workroom Brussels, Universidad Nacional de Rosario and CONICET, Wageningen University, Quantum Waste Ltd, University of Sheffield, Shared Assets

WASTE FEW ULL: Waste Food-Energy-Water Urban Living Lab – Mapping and Reducing Waste in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus
This project aims to investigate where waste is generated as it travels around the cycle between food, energy and water – the so-called “nexus” or relationship between these three elements. We will do this by setting up Urban Living Labs (ULL) in 4 cities worldwide: in Bristol in the UK, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, The Western Cape, South Africa and Campinas in Brazil. A ULL enables experiments across subject areas to develop, install, model and monitor technologies, and recommend policies which can turn the waste into something useful, essentially closing food, water and energy loops in cities.

Project leader: Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Partners: Coventry University, University of California Santa Cruz, CICERO Senter for klimaforskning, University of Bath, University of Reading, Wessex Water Services Ltd, Bristol Food Network, GENeco, The Schumacher Institute, University of Campinas, University of Cape Town, Erasmus University Rotterdam, ERWAT, Isidima Design & Development, BlueCity

More information

SUGI is a joint initiative of the Belmont Forum and JPI Urban Europe.
The call stimulates interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and innovation worldwide, where as many stakeholders as possible have an interest.

More information about the awarded projects.
More information about the call.

Source: NWO