Halfway through the calendar, summer arrives along with high temperatures. As we approach the hottest season of the year, every June 17 the United Nations celebrates the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought with the aim of raising public awareness and coming up with solutions and instruments to fight the vulnerability of ecosystems in dry and arid areas.
At LIFE Ecodigestion 2.0, we are committed to doing our bit by enhancing energy sources that avoid resource depletion, evolving towards a more efficient and environmentally friendly energy industry. Our purpose is to mitigate a global issue currently concerning over 2300 million people.
Energy production is closely related to water consumption. Ranging from the extraction of raw materials to cleanse or turbines functioning processes, 90% of the electricity generated worldwide requires large amounts of water for its production. In a society that is gradually moving towards globalization and massive industrialization, it is expected that by 2035, energy consumption will increase by 35%, which in turn would translate into an 85% increase in the consumption of water set aside for production in the energy sector.
One of the keys to mitigate desertification and water scarcity lies in energy efficiency, through greater savings and a higher degree of recycled water for power generation purposes. Currently, 8% of Earth’s freshwater is destined for production purposes in the energy sector, rising up to 40% in the case of some developed countries. Thus, it is extremely important to keep working on new ways to generate energy while optimizing natural resource utilization with no danger to the world’s population future and health, like biogas, which can be generated through wastewater treatment.
At LIFE Ecodigestion 2.0, we are eager to combat desertification, drought and water scarcity at an international level. In support of the United Nations motto, “rising up from drought together”, our project advocates technological development that allows maximizing biogas production through optimal exploitation and waste co-digestion. By increasing the capacity and variety of waste to be treated, we may increase biogas production by up to 14%, generating a highly reliable energy source capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by tens of tons.