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Canal & River Trust – Waterways and wellbeing agenda

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On 22 May, Canal & River Trust, re-launched their new, revitalised  ‘brand’. This is vital to increase awareness of the Trust and its wider role, to reach new audiences and broaden support for its move to become a waterways and wellbeing charity. The attached documents and the link to a presentation by Heather Clarke, Strategy, Impact and Engagement Director explain more.

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ASSESSING THE WELLBEING IMPACTS OF WATERWAYS USAGE IN ENGLAND AND WALES – MAY 2018

Greener Waterway Infrastructure “Green WIN”

Crofton Pumping Station

Green WIN secures funding from North West Europe’s (NWE) Low Carbon Priority. It addresses the problem of excess energy use and high carbon emissions Waterway Management Organisations (WMO’s) cause across NWE when pumping water around waterways.

The aim is to demonstrate improvements which deliver energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions from our pilots by the end of the project. We then make the case that if we can keep this rate of improvement up the long-term effects will multiply over time and subsequently deliver much greater reductions. We will work to increase take up of these new or improved technologies by WMO’s outside the partnership, encouraging them to install equipment demonstrated and to use the investment, procurement and business plan when their existing equipment approaches ‘end of life’.

Partners tackle this deficiency in 3 stages;

  1. Assessing the scope for improvement and developing ways to maximise (new or adapted) pumping equipment’s effectiveness.
  2. Piloting new technologies or processes. Trialling new pumping equipment (in our case four Trust sites across UK) and the potential for modifications to existing configurations (e.g building in renewable energy to these).
  3. Developing investment, procurement and business planning guidelines. Other work includes researching and reviewing the regulations involved and what other barriers there are to a greater take up of this technology.

PARTNERSHIP
Canal & River Trust are the Lead Partner and will work with nine other organisations from the Netherlands (Rijkswaterstaat), Belgium, Germany, France (VNF) and Ireland (Waterways Ireland) across a range of disciplines. We also will be working with the key pressure groups such as Inland Waterways International (IWI) Inland Navigation Europe (INE) and the Network of Inland Waterways Europe (NIWE – the network currently being led by the Trust).

Involvement from SME’s or their Trade Organisations is key to the project’s success and Green WIN will set up an Advisory Group to that includes these to help steer the trials and increase the likelihood of getting greener technologies, systems and processes to market.

This project was approved on 29 May 2018, should start in earnest in September 2018 and will be carried out over 3 years up to May 2021.

NIWE meeting Belfast

Niwe Belfast

On Thursday the 27st of April, a meeting has taken place of the NIWE (Network Inland Waterways Europe). The meeting was hosted by Lagan Canal  Trust, one of the partners in the NIWE. On the Lagan Valley Island Centre in Lisburn city came 11 representatives from 8 different countries gathered for an interesting agenda.

The agenda was focused on the INTERREG proposals and a working session was held of INTERREG Europe proposal. To support the future of the secondary waterways in Europe the projects support interregional cooperation throughout Europe and helps NIWE in the achievement of the goals through financing. NIWE is discussing the future after Brexit, communication goals and the expanding knowledge center. All partner exchange information related to the waterways and management.

NIWE is currently involved in the North Sea region Interreg programme which will be evaluated in September. The projects of the North Sea Region Interreg programme in which the partners are involved in are in different stages of approval: Blue Hubs, End of Boat Use and Small Hydro-systems. There are still opportunities to involve new partners in these projects. The latest call for projects in the Atlantic Interreg programme has yielded positive conversations between Canal & River Trust, Waterways Ireland and Lagan Canal Trust. New projects are discussed which will all support the development of the total network of smaller waterways in Europe.

The NIWE welcomes a new Member: Guillaume Dury, who represents Voies Navigables de France (VNF) a very experienced INTERREG partner.
The membership is expanding and new partners are welcome.

EU Referendum and NIWE

Following the UK referendum and the public decision for the UK to leave the EU, the Canal & River Trust is still committed to NIWE and the development and delivery of transnational projects with the network and other like-minded organisations.

At the Conservative Party Conference on 3rd October, Phillip Hammond (UK Govt Chancellor of the Exchequer) gave a very encouraging update on the future of EU Funding in the UK. It was announced that The Treasury will now honour all projects that have signed contracts in place until the day we officially leave the EU, even if the end date of the project surpasses this date.

The message from the Interreg Secretariats is that funding applications from the UK are still very much welcome post referendum. The Trust has had projects and Expressions of Interest approved since June 2016.

NIWE meeting London

On Thursday the 21st of April, a meeting has taken place of the NIWE (Network Inland Waterways Europe). The meeting was hosted by Canal & River Trust, one of the partners in the NIWE. On the Limehouse Basin in London came 10 representatives from 5 different countries gathered for an interesting agenda.
The agenda was focused on INTERREG Europe, they support interregional cooperation throughout Europe, and helps NIWE in the achievement of the goals through financing. NIWE is working on the future of the notably smaller waterways and supports several projects. NIWE is also developing a knowledge centre: a unique information exchange system for NIWE members with topics related to the waterways and management.
NIWE is currently involved in the North Sea region Interreg programme which will be evaluated in September. The projects arising from this are: DIME (support for micro-enterprises on our waterways), Blue Hubs, End or lifeboat (end of the life of the boat) and Small Hydro-systems. There are still opportunities to involve new partners in these projects.
The latest call for projects in the Atlantic Interreg programme has yielded positive conversations between Canal & River Trust, Waterways Ireland and Lagan Canal Trust. The NIWE welcomes a new Member: Rudy van der Ween, who represents the city of Ghent. The future of NIWE looks positively with a large number of projects in the pipeline, all with the common goal: increasing the quality of the network of smaller waterways.