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Catalan Water Partnership (CWP)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 1 October, 2008
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
AEI (Ministry of Industria, Energy and Tourism) and Catalonia Clusters
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
European Water Partnership
Catalonia Clusters
WssTP is the European Technology Platform for Water.
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
+34 972 18 33 38
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Environmental Services
Water Transportation
Technology fields: 
Drinking Water
Industrial Water Treatment
S3 EU priority areas: 
Water transport & related services
Waste collection, treatment&disposal activities, materials recovery & remediation activities
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Sustanaible use of water. Circular Economy.
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Larger Company
Larger Company
Larger Company
ACSA Sorigué
Larger Company
Technology Center
CTM - Eurecat
Technology Center
Technology Center
Research Organisation
Water Research Institute of the University of Barcelona
Cluster Strategy

CWP was launched in 2008, as a non profit strategic association business oriented, formed companies and research centres that work in sector of the sustainable use of water, which mission is to improve the competitiveness of its members.

In the CWP involves consultancies, centres of knowledge, equipment manufacturers and other entities involved in the water cycle and in the solutions for the sustainable use of water.  The CWP promotes projects and multilevel collaborations, for developing innovative & sustainable solutions to the global water needs, in any part of the word.

We work from an innovative approach and with an international vision. Thus, we are continuously looking for establishing strategic alliances with companies and centres of knowledge from any part of the world, in order to identify opportunities that bring us together to a worldwide advanced position in the global market.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Details of support services: 

The CWP works on these activities areas:

  • INNOVATION: to facilitate the access to instruments and funding, as well as to encourage new cooperative R+D+I projects with the objective of improving the competitiveness of the CWP’s companies and research centers, not only in Catalonia, but also in Spain and Europe.
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: to increase the international presence of the CWP companies and diversify their markets and business in the places where they are present right now. We conduct market studies about sectors that are of interest for the CWP’s members. Moreover, the CWP also promotes cooperative R+D+I projects between CWP’s companies and companies of other clusters in order to increase their competitiveness (FoodServices, Tourism, Chemistry, etc).
  •  VISIBILITY AND POSITIONING: provide visibility to the CWP and its companies with the objective of creating a mark on the water sustainability sector.
  • NETWORKING: to facilitate the knowledge and the relationships between companies with the objective of increase the business level among the CWP’s companies. We participate in the main cluster networks (Catalonia Clusters, Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras, Cluster Management Excellence) and water networks (European Water Partnership, Netwerc H2O).
  • TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE: Advantages to access to the main knowledge centers of Catalonia, participation in working teams, information of strategical relevance for the companies, among others.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)

CWP participates in HYDROUSA PROJECT, H2020 CIRCULAR ECONOMY PROJECT as a partner: 


CWP is partner of SENTINEL project, COSME-EXCELLENCE: http://cosmesentinel.eu/ 

We participate in other proposals in H2020, INTERREG, LIFE+, PRIMA, etc

AEI - MINETUR-  (Spanish Government - Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism) http://www.minetur.gob.es/PortalAyudas/AgrupacionesEmpresariales/Paginas...

ACCIO -Government of Catalonia. Programmes: Internationalization, Innovation and Business development projects.  http://accio.gencat.cat/cat/ajuts-financament/ajuts2016/

Success Story / Achievements: 

Example of cross-sectorial project 

The economic sector that has risen up the most during the last decades is tourism and it is bearing up to the crisis the best. It should be noted that water consumption and treatment in this sector is significant since the usual facilities offered (swimming pools, spa, golf courses, among others) have high water consumption rates. 

Specifically, focusing in the Catalonia region, where tourism sector is one of the most important ones, this is characterized by a high water stress during dry weather conditions that coincide with the periods with the highest tourism occupational rates. Consequently, sustainability, water reuse and water saving are becoming essential topics to this sector in order to be able to guarantee to the tourists the availability of all the high water consumption  facilities all over the year.

Consequently, this sector was identified as a relevant one for the CWP and its members. For this reason, the CWP initiate a collaboration with the University of Girona to perform a project  to evaluate the “water consumption and water resource saving measures available in the tourism sector in Catalonia”, in order to provide to the CWP members valuable information to become involved in this sector, which was unknown for almost all of them,

The results of this evaluation highlighted the long way still available to reach the good practises of an efficient water cycle management and presented four main challenges for the sector: (i) introduce cost-saving strategies on the water cycle management, (ii) implementation of innovative technologies for water treatment, (iii) application of control, monitoring tools in order to improve the water quality, and finally (iv) implementation of innovative systems for facilities (golf course, swimming pools, etc.) with the highest water consumption.

Consequently, this project allowed to the CWPs members to acquire a valuable knowledge about a new sector and identify possibilities to optimize the water cycle management in tourism facilities. This knowledge was transformed in several activities promoted by the CWP. Specifically, thanks to this initiative nowadays there are three main working lines being developed within the collaboration of the tourism sector and the CWP members:

  • Promotion and participation in R+D projects: An European project is being developed by three members of the CWP to demonstrate integrated innovative technologies for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Mediterranean tourist facilities (budget of 5.9 M€).  
  • Generation of business development opportunities for the CWP’s members by organizing collective diagnosis of the water cycle management of specific tourism facilities. The CWP organizes diagnosis with tourism facilities interested in optimizing their water cycle management. This diagnosis generate business opportunities and provides more information about the sector for the CWP members.
  • Organization of workshop and seminar sessions with tourism sector actors.

For all these reasons, we consider that with this initial project, the CWP was able to help its members to be involved in a new sector (new for them) and generate a valuable knowledge that is being used for promoting several activities to continue working on it.