Brussels, July 15, 2023 – Today, at LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0, we join the global community in celebrating World Youth Skills Day and highlighting the critical role of nurturing innovative skills among young individuals.

Recent data provided by Eurostat reveals that over 75% of companies in the European Union face challenges in finding professionals who meet their labor demands. Additionally, the European Labour Authority emphasizes a significant shortage of information and communication technology (ICT) specialists and skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields across Europe.

To address these challenges, we are proud to collaborate with Global Omnium, Finnova EU, and Águas do Centro Litoral to actively promote initiatives such as Women4Tech and Girls4Tech, aimed at promoting women’s entrepreneurship and STEM skills, empowering them to become future leaders.

Moreover, through international initiatives like Technovation Girls – Retos Finnova-Technovation Girls and Next Talent Generation, we have provided training in European funds to over 500 young individuals, equipping them with the necessary skills to navigate the entrepreneurial landscape effectively.

Our dedication to continuous skill development aligns with the objectives of the LIFE Programme. By implementing effective actions, innovative solutions, and sharing best practices, we contribute to the environmental and climate goals of the European Union. Our primary focus remains on safeguarding, preserving, and enriching the natural capital of the region.

Through collaboration and the fostering of an entrepreneurial sustainable ecosystem, we have the power to make a tangible difference in the lives of our youth.

On this World Youth Skills Day, let us seize the opportunity to inspire and cultivate the green leaders of tomorrow.


About LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0

This is a pilot demonstration project, funded by the LIFE programme and with a budget of more than 970,000 euros, 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.