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European project E²STORMED comes to Abertay

23 July 2014

Today and tomorrow (July 24 and 25), the university's Urban Water Technology Centre will be hosting visitors from the EU as part of an EU MED funded project called E²STORMED.

E²STORMED was set up to address the challenge of reducing energy consumption in our cities to make them more sustainable.

It aims to do this by improving energy efficiency in the urban water cycle and in buildings, using innovative stormwater solutions such as Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).

Dr Rebecca Wade, who is on the project's organising committee, said:

"We are expecting about 20 visitors - including representatives from Italy, Malta, Spain, Montenegro and Croatia.

"Here at Abertay, we have world class expertise in SUDS, so this visit has been designed as an opportunity for us to share and exchange our knowledge in this area with our Mediterranean project partners.

"The project also gives us an opportunity to explore practical ways to use SUDS technology to reduce energy use, and therefore save money.

"SUDS are an excellent means of managing stormwater, and can be installed into the built and natural parts of the urban environment. They include things like ponds, raingardens, wetlands, green roofs, rainwater collectors, and other mechanisms that slow down the flow of rainwater from roofs, roads and driveways.

"They work best as 'systems' where more than one of them is used together, and here in Scotland we have quite an innovative approach to dealing with stormwater flooding and pollution, so the E²STORMED project is a valuable means of transferring this knowledge to other countries in the EU which face similar problems, but don’t yet have a sustainable way to address them.

"With the combined pressures of managing urban stormwater and the austerity measures following the economic crisis, bringing water saving and energy saving together is a clear priority for our partners."

During their visit, the project partners will be welcomed to Abertay by the Principal - Professor Nigel Seaton - and will have the opportunity to hear about and visit the large-scale redevelopment of Dundee’s central waterfront.

They will also visit the historic Arbroath Abbey (where the visitor centre has a green roof - one of the SUDS stormwater management techniques), and tour the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh with the Parliament’s Environmental Manager.


Notes to Editors

The E²STORMED partners are:

  • Polytechnic University of Valencia - Spain
  • Grana and Maira Valleys Mountain Community - Italy
  • Municipality of Benaguasil - Spain
  • Municipality of Pisa - Italy
  • Local Councils' Association - Malta
  • Municipality of Hersonissos - Greece
  • University of Abertay Dundee - UK
  • Old Royal Capital Cetinje - Montenegro
  • City of Zagreb – Croatia

The project began in March 2013 and will run until Sept 2015. It is led by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, who have energy expertise, and the project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

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