• Municipalities are a Crucial Focus for the Environmental Sector


Municipalities are a Crucial Focus for the Environmental Sector

Apr 02 2024

As we confront the escalating impacts of climate change and strive to uphold the standards of water management, municipalities emerge as pivotal players in the environmental landscape. 

From May 13 to 17, 2024, IFAT Munich will serve as the nexus for the global environmental technology industry, offering a platform for exhibitors to showcase cutting-edge products and services. Among the attendees, cities and municipalities stand out as core stakeholders with diverse environmental imperatives.

The German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) is offering solution tours at IFAT Munich, focusing on critical issues such as the assessment of buried pipelines, safeguarding drinking water infrastructure, and managing elevated water temperatures in distribution networks.

The implementation of revised regulations, such as the updated Drinking Water Ordinance in Germany, underscores the urgency of addressing emerging concerns like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Water suppliers face the challenge of meeting stringent filtration requirements, prompting a call for proactive measures to curtail the release of harmful substances into the environment.

Furthermore, municipalities grapple with a myriad of wastewater management challenges, ranging from phosphorus separation to the mitigation of combined sewer overflows. Dr. Friedrich Hetzel emphasises the importance of integrating water-conscious strategies into urban development, particularly in light of climate-induced phenomena.

Recognising the significance of digitalisation, municipalities must navigate the opportunities and risks inherent in this megatrend. Discussions at IFAT Munich will explore the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in waste management, with a focus on enhancing resource efficiency and advancing circular economy objectives.

Amidst these deliberations, it is imperative to safeguard critical infrastructure from physical and virtual threats. The German Association of Local Utilities (VKU) underscores the necessity of fortifying public utility and waste disposal services, underscoring the pivotal role of waste logistics in sustainable resource management.

Looking ahead, alternative drive systems, notably hydrogen and battery solutions, are poised to revolutionise municipal fleets. The integration of emission-free technologies and the expansion of charging infrastructure are paramount to realising a carbon-neutral municipal economy.

In exploring the potential of hydrogen in the circular economy, IFAT Munich shines a spotlight on innovative applications, from waste-to-energy processes to sewage sludge treatment. The integration of hydrogen-powered vehicles represents a tangible step towards sustainable municipal operations.

As IFAT Munich 2024 approaches, municipalities stand at the forefront of environmental innovation, tasked with charting a path towards resilience and sustainability. Through collaboration and dialogue, we can harness the transformative potential of environmental technologies to build a greener future for generations to come.



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