Decarbonization of Water Sectors in the US and Germany

A joint research project between VDI and ASME to investigate solutions for decarbonization of water sectors in the USA and Germany

Project Overview

Project Description

A joint research project between VDI (The Association of German Engineers) and ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) to investigate solutions for a more sustainable handling of water as a natural resource, including the decarbonization of water sectors in the USA and Germany, with respect to energy efficiency in treatment/production or reduced consumption/water loss.

Four Fellows, two from Germany and two from the US, will explore how digitalization is enabling industry climate strategies for the water sector. The final report will include a summary of findings, insights on key trends, and recommendations for advancing decarbonization efforts.


The project will increase visibility of the importance of a more sustainable approach towards water production/consumption/treatment in the highly industrialized countries USA and Germany. It will also increase awareness of the challenges the US and Germany are facing when it comes to water, and present the available technical solutions, thus stressing the role that engineering and technology have to play in coping with the society-level issues that come with climate change (e. g. resilience of water infrastructure).

Eligibility Criteria

Skills / Experience:

  • Required:
    • Research
    • Interviewing / User Research
    • Technical writing and documentation
  • Desired:
    • Proven experience in the water sector, e.g., through study focus, industry internships, research projects, or similar experiences.
    • Basic understanding and experience with digital solutions in engineering.


  • Masters level in Engineering / Architecture

Fellow location (all projects can be completed remotely):

  • United States
  • German citizens based in Germany (must be able to travel to the US for 1-2 weeks during the Fellowship, exact dates TBD)

Time zone compatibility (when the Fellow should be available for meetings):

  • EDT (UTC-4)

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