• The ecological transition and the use of renewable energies, protagonists in the Debate of the Union 2023
  • LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 is a benchmark project in the field of green industry

On Wednesday, September 13, 2023, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg (France) to give her speech in the State of the Union (SOTEU) debate. The President of the European executive took stock of the actions carried out by the Union over the past year and presented to the MEPs the challenges that the 27 will have to face in the coming year.

The fight against climate change and the EU’s commitment in this area were the basis of all the issues addressed by Von der Leyen in her speech. Within the amalgam of topics that were mentioned, ecological measures always found a place, structuring the speech of the President of the European Commission. All this reflects the strong commitment of the European Union to green measures, “a Europe that has made the climate agenda its political agenda,” concluded Von der Leyen.

In recent years, the EU has passed laws that have made it a global reference in the fight against climate change, such as the approval of the European Climate Law, the zero emissions target for 2050 and the European Green Deal. In addition, it should be noted that the NextGenerationEU funds, the Union’s tool to boost the economy after the pandemic, promote a greener and more digital Europe, aligning this economic agenda with the green agenda.

Moreover, Von der Leyen also stressed in his speech the importance of guiding the industry along the path of investment and innovation. In this line, he stressed the need to provide industry with the necessary tools to carry out the ecological transformation, in turn strengthening the competitiveness of the European business fabric. Von der Leyen called to boost European industry in the coming years with a bet of “all to green”, with basis in renewable energy.

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0, a benchmark project

The LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 project is in line with the objectives proposed in the SOTEU, which seek a greener Europe and European industry based on renewable energies. LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 is a commitment to innovation aimed at ecological transformation, focusing its scope of work on the production of biogas through efficient waste management. The project promotes the use of renewable energies and follows the guidelines promoted by the EU in terms of green industry.


LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 is a pilot demonstration project, funded by the LIFE program with a budget of more than 970,000 EUR, which generates biogas in the digesters of wastewater treatment plants 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 by producing biogas through the optimal use of waste. Thanks to this technology, it favors 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 program is easily scalable with other funds such as FEDER, NextGenerationEU or RepowerEU.