Our customers abroad are the same type as in Sweden: research institutes and universities, authorities, municipalities, state and private companies. And even Swedish companies that we can help meet local requirements for factories and products.
Despite the fact that 2020 was a year of closed borders, travel restrictions and reduced mobility, IVL's international operations remained strong. The vast majority of our assignments and projects are carried out with parties from other countries, which is absolutely crucial for moving forward on major environmental and climate issues. The map shows a selection of our international projects in 2020.
IVL in China
Since the start in 1986, we have gone from an operation dependant on aid to an operation participating in large research projects that receive Chinese funding. Our local offices in Beijing and Wuhan have helped environmental technology companies with about 70 full-scale installations. We are now collaborating with Swedish companies such as Scania to increase interest in biogas production and biogas buses.
Our work affects the world's most important country in meeting the climate goals. We also help local practitioners to create a better environment through waste management, water resources, transport and environmentally declared products.
IVL office in Mumbai
In connection with this, IVL has now established an office in Mumbai with both Swedish and Indian staff. Getting functioning wastewater treatment on site will contribute to better health and living standards for many people in Mumbai and we are happy to be a part of that work. An important focus for IVL's development work is on the reuse of treated wastewater. IVL has previously shown that with the right technology it can be recycled both cost-effectively and so that it becomes so clean that it can be returned to groundwater or reused in agriculture and industry. We see the importance of treating wastewater as a resource. With the right technology, the treatment plants can, in addition to providing clean reusable water, also generate biogas and nutrients that can be returned to nature.
When opening a new office in India the main focus was on clean water
In countries such as India, which is depleting its groundwater reserves, there is a great need to develop comprehensive solutions to reuse wastewater and take advantage of the resources it contains. The Indian economy has developed rapidly during the 2000s. At the same time, the country is one of the world's largest polluters with great needs in the environmental field. Mumbai with over 18 million inhabitants, like many other cities in India, still lacks functioning wastewater treatment. We are on site in India and contribute our knowledge in water purification.
Wastewater discharges are a major problem in India. It is estimated that as much as 90 percent of all wastewater is discharged without any treatment. This has led to a large part of India's surface water being polluted and also the groundwater in some places. Another major problem is access to water. India is one of the world's largest and most populated countries, but the country has only 4 percent of the world's water resources. With climate change, urbanization and rapid industrialization, water scarcity is also expected to worsen in the future. To deal with the water shortage, the Indian government has taken the initiative for a number of major initiatives, including in "Swach Bharat" or Clean India, and they have hired IVL. In Mumbai, the city's management has decided to build seven large treatment plants.
Overall, IVL's role is to ensure the quality of the design and plan for the facilities from an environmental perspective, provide suggestions for improvements and technical solutions in sewage technology and ensure that the facilities are built in a correct manner.
Collaboration Agreement and Protocol (CAP)
IVL has signed Collaboration Agreement and Protocol (CAP) with KWR Water B.V., the Netherlands for Watershare. KWR is the initiator and coordinator of Watershare. Watershare is a worldwide network of water research organizations and utilities dedicated to delivering equitable water solutions for all. It bridge research to practice on pressing water sector issues through global to local collaboration. The vision of Watershare is Share knowledge, expertise and resources between global researchers, utilities, and solution providers to collaborate and implement innovations for a resilient water future and contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6).
Through Watershare, IVL will gain access to a wide range of knowledge, expertise and practical resources based on solid science and of proven practical value. From IVL Side Rupali Deshmukh and Staffan Filipsson will coordinate activities and participate in watershare meetings and events.