The fourteenth Sustainable Development Goal is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

2021 progress report

We operate our own sewage works at the Cranfield campus which processes most of our wastewater on site. This unique facility is also used by us and partner organisations for teaching and research purposes. Ongoing upgrades to the monitoring, alarm and metering equipment at the sewage works ensure it remains within consent levels for all effluent discharges. More information can be found on our water and discharges web page.

The Water Theme at Cranfield University is home to two centres of excellence: Cranfield Water Science Institute and the Centre for Water, Environment and Development. We offer postgraduate taught and research degrees as well as short courses on campus or in-company.

An ongoing PhD funded by the Sue White Fund for Africa seeks to evaluate current irrigation management practices, including water resources and abstraction management and development of irrigation benchmarking to assess performance across the different sugar cane businesses in Malawi, Zambia and Swaziland.

Cranfield University is collaborating with Warden Biomedia through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to embed cutting-edge wastewater treatment knowledge and capabilities to enable the development of novel biofilm technologies. This technology will deliver sustainable solutions for the wastewater industry.

Our ongoing NextGen project aims to demonstrate circular water solutions for water reuse and resource recovery (energy and nutrients) in ten high-profile European case studies, developing the tools to transfer the knowledge and upscale the processes.