One of the main objectives of the LIFE program is to support the transition to a circular economy and to protect and improve the quality of the EU’s natural resources, such as water. In addition, LIFE aims to support the EU’s goal of climate neutrality for 2050. This project is part of the Circular Economy and Quality of Life subprogramme, and specifically in the one focused on water priority.
LIFE H2OLOCK will contribute to the specific objective of reducing the pressure on water bodies/resources by demonstrating a cost-effective and versatile solution to effectively cover medium and large-sized irrigation ponds, reducing evaporation by up to 80-85%, thus contributing significantly to sustainable water consumption. The adoption of this solution by EU farmers will result in a more efficient management of resources, thus contributing to one of the EU’s priorities, since water bodies will be conserved without compromising their quality. Just considering the adoption of the solution in the short term by 175 agricultural water reservoirs in Europe, including those projected by CLR and AVIPE, the annual water savings can reach 1.33 hm3 (1,330,000 m3) per year.
In addition, LIFE H2OLOCK moves towards a more sustainable economy in agriculture, focusing on the synergies of the water-food-energy nexus, which is critical for sustainable development. The project seeks energy efficiency, introducing renewable solar energy into floating covers, helping farmers reduce their dependence on the consumption of electricity and fossil fuels, contributing to the mitigation of climate change and climate neutrality, in line with the Green Deal. In addition, the project will contribute to reducing the use of chemical products such as algaecides, reducing the environmental footprint of farms.
Therefore, the H2OLOCK project also shares synergies with the objectives of the Clean Energy Transition and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation subprograms by contributing to the transition of the agricultural sector to a sustainable, renewable, energy efficient and climate neutral paradigm.