European Commission shortlists Dutch water innovation

Engineering consultancy DHV has been shortlisted by the European Commission for a 2008 European Business Award for the Environment (EBAE). The jury selected DHV in the "eco-innovative processes" category on the basis of the company's environmentally-friendly Nereda water treatment technology developed by DHV and Delft University of Technology. Support for this development was provided by STOWA research foundation and the STW applied technology foundation...

• The Nereda® water treatment technology could win an EBAE Award; DHV is ranked among the best eco-innovative companies in Europe

AMERSFOORT, Netherlands, March 28, 2008 -- Engineering consultancy DHV has been shortlisted by the European Commission for a 2008 European Business Award for the Environment (EBAE). The jury selected DHV in the "eco-innovative processes" category on the basis of the company's environmentally-friendly Nereda® water treatment technology. Nereda is the latest innovative technology for the treatment of wastewater developed by DHV and Delft University of Technology. Support for this development was provided by STOWA research foundation and the STW applied technology foundation. According to Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner for the Environment, the EBAE winners are "the best of the best: the most far-sighted, responsible and innovative companies in Europe."

Every two years, the European Commission honors those European companies that distinguish themselves with products or services that are innovative, cost effective and protect the environment. A jury of 18 experts recently selected 11 companies from this year's 125 entries. DHV is up against the German companies Bayer and Choren. The winners will be announced in Brussels during Green Week 2008, which takes place from 3 to 6 June.

Nereda is a water treatment technology. It makes use of bacteria which do not grow in floc form, as is normally the case, but rather as concentrated and compact granules. These granules sink much faster than flocs, whereby the entire treatment system requires less space and has lower construction costs. The Nereda technology is financially attractive due to its lower investment cost and lower energy consumption. The technology can be used for treating both municipal and industrial wastewater. Nereda is already operational in the Netherlands, and Nereda treatment plants are currently under construction in South Africa and Portugal.

DHV is a leading international consultancy and engineering firm, providing services and innovative solutions in Transportation, Building & Manufacturing, Spatial Planning & Environment and Water.

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