• This webinar will take place on Thursday 21 October at 16:00 CEST.
  • It aims to share experiences and forge partnerships to reach a sustainable and profitable management of wastes.
  • LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 promotes the maximisation of biogas production and the increase of energy self-sufficiency in wastewater treatment plants.

Brussels, xx.10.2021. Water management company Global Omnium, Finnova Foundation and Águas do Centro Litoral (Portugal) will hold an event on Thursday 21 October at 16:00 CEST to discuss the challenges of the circular economy in wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) to generate green energy – LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0. This event is framed within the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), which will take place from 25 to 29 October 2021 under the slogan ‘Towards 2030: Reshaping the European Energy System’.

During this event (registration), speakers will discuss the latest novelties about the promotion of the circular economy in treating wastewaters and they will equally share experiences and best practices concerning the re-use of wastes. The event will enable to forge partnerships to attain a more sustainable and profitable management of wastes.

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 is a cross-border LIFE project led by Global Omnium and partnered by Finnova Foundation (Belgium) and Águas do Centro Litoral (Portugal). The project aims to become the most versatile control tool thanks to its environmental and economic benefits through the production of biogas from optimal exploitation of wastes. This technology enables to reduce GHG emissions and the amount of sewage sludge from treating wastewater, thereby protecting the environment. LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 seeks to turn biogas into a reliable source of green energy to meet the industrial demand and thereby to attain the EU’s target of at least 27% of renewable energy consumption.

This LIFE project is aligned with 2 of the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the United Nations, specifically, SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy). With a budget of €971,420, 55% of which is financed by the EU, this initiative was launched in September 2020 and will run until 2024. It is coordinated by Global Omnium Medioambiente and partnered by Finnova Foundation and Portuguese consortium Águas do Centro Litoral.

About EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will be held from 25 to 29 October 2021 under the slogan ‘Towards 2030: Reshaping Europe’s Energy System’. EUSEW will include a 3-day digital policy conference, addressing sustainable energy issues, new policy developments, best practices, and sustainable energy initiatives. It will also host the EUSEW Awards, which award successfully completed or ongoing projects, activities, or actions in energy efficiency and green energy. EUSEW will also include the second European Youth Energy Day, an event where young people aged 18-34 will share their vision for Europe’s energy future and present their ideas to help make the European Green Deal a reality. The EU Sustainable Energy Week will be complemented by 1:1 video conferences, virtual stands, and other networking activities that will allow participants to exchange ideas on policies and best practices and lay the groundwork for future cooperation. Finally, participants will also have access to online side events and Sustainable Energy Days organised by public and private organisations, with the aim of enabling interaction with local communities and other agents of green change across Europe.

About LIFE

LIFE is the EU fund dedicated to environmental objectives for the 2014-2020 period. Its main objective is to act as a catalyst for changes in the development and application of policies through solutions and improvements to meet the climate and environment goals. It also promotes innovative technologies in the climate change and environmental fields.

About Global Omnium

The company that gave rise to Global Omnium, Aguas de Valencia, was founded in 1890. Global Omnium specializes in water treatment. It provides its services to 5.5 million people in more than 300 Spanish cities, but it also operates in three other continents. Global Omnium is based on a social commitment, and it is made up of centenary companies that have been contributing to the growth of the cities and municipalities in which they work for more than a century.


About Finnova Foundation

Finnova Foundation is a European foundation that finances innovation. Its objectives are to promote private-public cooperation through the technology transfer of low-cost solutions among the best available technologies to address social challenges such as employment, entrepreneurship, the United Nations SDGs, and the circular economy. Committed to innovation, Finnova has been organising the Startup Europe Awards since 2016, an initiative launched by the European Comission’s DG CONNECT.

Headquartered in Belgium, Finnova also has branches across Spain – in the Valencian Community, the Basque Country, Andalusia, Madrid, and the Canary Islands – as well as in Chile and Panama.www.finnova.eu