Standardisation in the DEEP PURPLE project

Standardisation is a voluntary cooperation among industry, consumers, public authorities and other interested parties for the development of technical specifications based on consensus.

The European Union has an active standardisation policy that promotes standardisation in support of Better Regulation and as a tool for European competitiveness. Voluntary, consensus-based standards play a major role in promoting innovative products and services by facilitating access to market, reducing costs, enabling interoperability between new and existing products, services and processes, creating large scale markets, building confidence among consumers and disseminating research results.

UNE, the Spanish standardisation organisation, is leading the activities related with standards in DEEP PURPLE. UNE’s main objective is to facilitate the acceptance and utilization by the market of the developed solutions.

An initial analysis of the standardization landscape has been performed. That report includes the existing standards that can be related to DEEP PURPLE research, as well as the related standardization committees and organizations involved.

Direct communication with relevant standardisation technical committees has also begun, with the objective of disseminating the project findings and results by using the standardisation system as a fast and focused dissemination tool to the market stakeholders. General information on the project has been already shared and information on the project results is periodically transmitted. Fifteen standardization technical committees are periodically informed about DEEP PURPLE achievements.

Technical areas are:

  • Wastewater treatment
  • Biodegradable and compostable bioplastics
  • Biosolid and cellulosic materials

As consequence of those contact, two committees (international committee ISO TC 282 “Water reuse” and Spanish committee CTN 149 “Water engineering”)  show interest for knowing more about the project and AQUALIA as coordinator attended their meeting and presented the project.

That activity has been considered very valuable as it allows to present the progress of the project in international forums very close to innovation and the market.

Dissemination activities will continue throughout the project and this will allow the identification of other committees at whose meetings the project can be presented.