Brussels, September 19, 2023. LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 will be the protagonist of an exclusive event during the European Mobility Week 2023 taking place at FYCMA, Málaga.

For the third consecutive year, the award ceremony for the winners of the StartUp Europe Awards will be hosted at the Greencities & S-Moving Fair, held at Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga (FYCMA). During this event, the winners of the Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) for LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 will be announced.

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) initiative aims to recognize startups that offer innovative solutions to the challenges of ecological transition and to honor ideas, projects, or initiatives that provide innovative solutions in the field of circular economy and sustainability, particularly in sectors such as water, energy, and waste management.

The jury responsible for granting this year’s SEUA LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 Award will consist of João Simão, Executive Director of the Portuguese Water Partnership; Mark Barker, CEO of Wex Global; and Elías Colom, Corporate Marketing Director of Global Omnium.

We encourage you to join us on Thursday, September 21, from 12:40 PM to 1:00 PM (CEST time) in the Sustainability Room at the event.

About Startup Europe Awards (SEUA)

Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) is a methodology promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe. SEUA serves as an open innovation tool that identifies and positions entrepreneurs, fosters public-private collaboration, and raises awareness about the importance of entrepreneurship as a job generator. Furthermore, it establishes partnerships to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the initiatives of the European Green Deal. These awards are a valuable tool for promoting knowledge exchange, adding value to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and supporting the growth and consolidation of startups in the market. On this occasion, with tangible support from European funds.

About LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 is a pilot demonstration project, funded by LIFE Programme and with a budget of more than 970,000 EUR, which generates biogas in sewage treatment plant digesters by mixing putrescible organic waste (slurry, poultry, organic fractions, MSW, horeca, etc.), thus transforming sewage sludge into green energy through technology. The initiative led by Global Omnium, (Spain), in collaboration with the Finnova Foundation (Belgium) and Águas do Centro Litoral (Portugal) aims to become the most versatile digestion control tool on the market, achieving environmental and economic benefits through the production of biogas by making optimal use of waste. Thanks to this technology, it favours the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the use of sewage sludge generated in wastewater treatment processes, thus achieving a positive impact on the environment. This programme is easily scalable with other funds such as FEDER, NextGenerationEU or Repower EU.

About Finnova Foundation

Finnova is the Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels and Spain, working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU. Finnova’s experience in leading communication and dissemination activities for European projects is combined with a proven track record in business creation and entrepreneurship support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and events, as well as its commitment to training and employability of young people.

About Global Omnium

Global Omnium is a business group of national and international reference,specialized in the different processes that have to do with the Integral Water Cycle, developing multiple complementary business lines that create synergies for the optimization of water resources, in addition to waste treatment.

It currently provides coverage to 5.5 million people in more than 300 Spanish cities, in addition to having a presence in 3 other continents. It is a project of social commitment, made up of century-old companies that have been contributing to the growth of the cities and municipalities in which they operate for more than a century.

About Águas do Centro Litoral

Águas do Centro Litoral is a water and wastewater management company operating in the central coastal region of Portugal. Committed to sustainable water management, they provide high-quality services while protecting the environment.