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DVGW's International Memberships

DVGW has always been firmly anchored in Europe and the world, and attaches great importance to its international commitment - be it in the field of standardization, research, know-how transfer or communication. Find out everything about our partners, projects and perspectives.

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DVGW's Memberships in International Boards and Organisations

DVGW is a member of the following international boards and organisations:
About CEOCOR

CEOCOR is an international scientific non-profit association.
CEOCOR brings together hundreds of specialists from:

  • universities and research centres
  • water, gas and oil distribution and transportation
  • companies waste water companies
  • pipe producers and manufacturers of coatings and equipment for cathodic protection systems

The international exchange of experiences and technical know-how ensure the objectivity and the independence of CEOCOR activities.

Aims

  • Provide the basis for scientific and technical guidance in the field of corrosion by studies, recommendations and publications
  • Contribute to the formulation of European standards
  • Topics examined by specialists in working groups
  • Plenary meetings, twice a year, of the sectors and management bodies
  • Annual congress hosted by one of the member countries
About EFC

The EFC (European Federation of Corrosion) is a federation of 38 organisations (Member Societies and Affiliate Members) with interests in corrosion based in 25 different countries within Europe and beyond. Taken together, its Member Societies represent the corrosion interests of more than 25,000 engineers and scientists.

Founded in 1955, its aim is to advance the science of the corrosion and protection of materials by promoting cooperation in Europe and collaboration internationally.

EFC European Federation of Corrosion
to EFC website
About EurEau

EurEau is the European association of national associations for water supply and sanitation. With over 600,000 employees, this sector is one of the pillars of the European economy. EurEau was founded in 1975 by the six founding countries of the European Union in Brussels as an association of national associations of water supply companies. In 1998 EurEau merged with the European Wastewater Management Group. With its members, EurEau has extensive know-how and expertise in water supply and sanitation and represents the sector in Brussels.

Tasks

EurEau represents the common interests of its members vis-à-vis the EU institutions and informs them of developments at European level. This ensures that members are able to deal appropriately with the opportunities and risks arising from EU policies and their national implementation. In addition, EurEau promotes the exchange of its members and thus the networking of international water management.

About IGU

The International Gas Union (IGU) was founded in 1931 and registered as an international non-profit organisation in Vevey (Switzerland). The 152 members of IGU are associations and companies in the gas industry from 90 countries. The DVGW is a founding and full member of the IGU and represents the German gas industry. In recent decades, DVGW has always supported one of the 11 IGU committees.

Tasks

The IGU's task is to promote the technical and economic development of the gas industry, which is regarded as a central component of a global sustainable energy system. The organisational structure of the IGU covers all areas of the gas industry from exploration and production of natural gas, both onshore and offshore, gas transport and distribution as well as the use of gas. Every three years, IGU organizes the World Gas Congress (WGC), which is the largest international event in the gas industry. The DVGW has so far organised three IGU world gas congresses (Hamburg 1967, Munich 1985, Berlin 1991).

International Gas Union
IGU International Gas Union
to IGU website
About IWA

The International Water Association (IWA) was founded in September 1999 from the merger of the International Association of Water Quality (IAWQ) and the International Water Supply Association (IWSA). It sees itself as a worldwide association of all water specialists and has set itself the goal of promoting science and practice in the entire water sector. In contrast to the DVGW and the DWA (Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall - German Association for Water Management, Sewage and Waste), the IWA does not pursue its own regulatory activities. IWA is a non-profit organisation based in London. In Germany, the interests are bundled by a separate national committee and represented in the IWA. As part of its international commitment, DVGW is a full member of the IWA.

Task

Since the merger of the two predecessor organisations, IWA has also been increasingly active in the immediate political environment in order to defend the interests of safe and sustainable water supply and wastewater disposal with appropriate vigour. In view of 1.1 billion people without access to safe drinking water, 2.4 billion people with no orderly sanitation and 2 billion people, mainly children who die each year from diseases caused by contaminated water, the importance of IWA's commitment and the need to work in the political arena in addition to professional exchanges becomes clear.

Activities

IWA's main activities include regular conferences, of which the two-yearly World Water Congress, the Leading Edge conference series and special theme conferences are the most important. Regular publications within the scope of periodicals, the member magazine The Source and a newsletter complete the IWA's range of services. In addition, a large number of IWA members work in working groups dedicated to specific issues from the entire water sector.

Standardisation

Transformation of national contents in European and international standardisation is very important. With it's engagement in European and international standardisation work DVGW plays a part in this design process.