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Apply Now: 2024 IWA Climate Smart Utilities Recognition Program

Applications are open for the 2024 edition of the Climate Smart Utilities Recognition Programme, which will take place at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition (WWCE) in Toronto, Canada on 11-15 August 2024. Water and sanitation utilities from around the globe are invited to apply. The application deadline is 20 May 2024.

Applying to the recognition programme is an excellent way to gain recognition and share best practices towards becoming a Climate Smart player in the water sector. The recognition programme offers an outstanding opportunity to reflect on your Climate Smart journey, ensure visibility for your actions to an international audience, and share your aspirations to achieve a climate smart water sector. Joining the recognition programme is also an effective way to facilitate knowledge exchange and international collaboration with other utilities. An attractive financial incentive package covering flight expenses, conference registration fees, and accommodation in Toronto will be provided to six  representatives in total, from each of the top three utilities in the Achiever category, and each of the top three utilities from low-, lower-middle- and upper-middle-income countries in the Entrant category.

Through their applications, utilities can reflect on their progress on the Climate Smart journey and compare themselves against several indicators and criteria describing an ideal Climate-Smart Utility under each pillar.

Aim and Benefits

This programme aims to inspire utilities and stakeholders to become increasingly Climate Smart and embrace the cultural shift on three interconnected pillars for action on adaptation, mitigation, and leadership. The main goals of the programme are to:

  • Increase awareness, by inviting utilities and IWA members to share best practices through Climate Smart Stories, organising webinars, sharing and publishing relevant publications and research, and through a web platform with resources.
  • Inspire action, through the description of an ideal Climate Smart utility, as presented by IWA in the Guidance Framework. IWA also offers a peer-to-peer exchange through the Community of Practice meetings and website.
  • Celebrate and share the work in progress, this contributes to increasing awareness of key stakeholders in the transition, and inspire action.


  • Water and sanitation utilities from around the globe are invited to apply.
  • Utilities can only apply for one category.

Application Deadline

May 20, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to International Water Association on to apply

For more details, visit IWA website

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