Last July 19th, version 3.0 of the Energy Performance and Carbon Emissions Assessment and Monitoring Tool (ECAM) was launched.
ECAM 3.0, like its previous versions, is a free, open-source tool available on the WaCCliM website. Businesses providing water and treatment services around the world can use ECAM 3.0 to benchmark their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions system wide. The tool identifies opportunities to reduce emissions and costs and allows utilities to monitor and report on their results.
By identifying areas where greenhouse gas emissions can be cut, increasing energy savings, and improving general efficiency, ECAM offers a holistic approach so that urban water utilities shift to climate-smart water management. It also prepares water and treatment businesses for future climate-mitigation reporting needs.
It is not necessary for water and treatment companies to collect special data, nor do they have to create an account to use ECAM. The tool functions with the operational data that administrators and operators use every day. If some data is unavailable, ECAM provides complementary assumptions based on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) models.
It is important for water and treatment companies to take measures to mitigate their emissions since it is estimated that the water sector contributes around 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
ECAM will serve as an analytical tool tackling this challenge. It will make it possible to evaluate energy performance and carbon emissions throughout the urban water cycle, from extraction and distribution to wastewater treatment and sludge management, adapting to each company’s analysis capabilities.
The ECAM tool update represents another step towards a smart and sustainable urban water system with lower emissions and reduced vulnerability to local climate change impacts.