Brussels, September 7, 2023. Today, from LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0, we commemorate the resource that allows us to perform the vital function of breathing as living beings: air. As humans, we cannot live without breathing. Air is essential for obtaining oxygen, releasing carbon dioxide (CO2), carrying out vital functions, and obtaining energy, among other things.

Furthermore, air plays an essential role in regulating the climate and weather on Earth. The circulation and interaction of air masses are responsible for the formation of weather systems, such as storms and winds. Additionally, greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, like carbon dioxide, have a significant impact on climate change. Air and sky pollution result from a variety of human activities and can have serious consequences for human health, the environment, and the climate. To address these challenges, environmental regulations and policies have been implemented to reduce atmospheric pollutant emissions and mitigate the impact of pollution on air quality and climate.

How does biogas benefit air quality?

Biogas production is one of the technologies included within the scope of Directive (EU) 2018/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 11, 2018, regarding the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (RED II) and in the European Green Deal (COM (2019) 640 final), due to its contribution to decarbonization and the development of the circular economy for the benefit of the environment.

Biogas is a renewable gas produced from biological raw materials. The technology of LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 focuses on biogas produced through anaerobic digestion (in the absence of oxygen) in the treatment of organic matter from local wastewater treatment plants, achieving the generation of renewable energy with optimal waste management.

The generation of biogas contributes to air quality by improving the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as it presents itself as an alternative source of energy to fossil fuels and improves sustainable waste management.

If you want to learn more about the practical application of this method, how it actively operates in the wastewater treatment plant in Quart de Poblet (Valencia), and the opportunities for transferability to other sectors, such as the HORECA sector (hotel, restaurant, and catering), stay informed about our advancements by following us on our social media channels.

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.