• EuroLat discusses the latest Report of the Commission on Sustainable Development, Environment, Energy Policy, Research, Innovation, and Technology during its fifteenth Ordinary Assembly.
  • During the meeting, special emphasis has been placed on ensuring the common right to access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
  • LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0, with its innovative technology that harnesses waste for biogas production, contributes to the sustainability of wastewater treatment systems in water purification plants.

07/08/2023, Brussels. On July 27, 2023, and within the framework of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Madrid Senate hosted the fifteenth Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat). During this meeting, an enriching debate was held on the Report presented by the Commission on Sustainable Development, Environment, Energy Policy, Research, Innovation, and Technology. The gathering allowed highlighting various relevant aspects, such as the transition to a green economy, challenges related to climate change, and the importance of access to safe drinking water and sanitation, all of which align with the objectives of the European project LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0.

In this context, Julia Argentina Perie, a MERCOSUR parliamentarian for Partido Solidario and Co-Chair of the EuroLat Women’s Forum (Argentina), emphasized during her intervention the importance of recognizing access to safe drinking water as a fundamental “human right.”

On the other hand, Ana Miranda Paz, a Member of the European Parliament for the Green Group and the Bloque Nacionalista Galego (Spain), underscored the essential role of water in production, human well-being, and socio-economic development. In this regard, Miranda highlighted that ensuring “equitable access to sanitation” is a shared need that must be protected.

Alejandro Karien, a MERCOSUR parliamentarian for Congresal Nacional PJ (Argentina), insisted on the need to unify “water resource strategies.” He also emphasized that access to safe and clean water is a matter of “utmost importance” as it is “essential for human life and to sustain terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.”

The round of conclusions concluded with Cecilia Guadalupe Rivera Méndez, Deputy of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) for Nuevas Ideas, addressing the fundamental role of early education in promoting water care and protection.

Acknowledging the importance of these aspects, at LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0, we remain committed to protecting the water resource and take pride in contributing with our initiative to promote waste management practices that reduce pollution and encourage sustainable water use.

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About EuroLat:

The Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat) is composed of 150 members. Among the 75 members from the Latin American component are representatives from Parlatino (Latin American Parliament), Parlandino (Andean Parliament), Parlacen (Central American Parliament), PARLASUR (Parliament of MERCOSUR), and the Joint Parliamentary Committees of Chile and Mexico.

About the Commission on Sustainable Development, Environment, Energy Policy, Research, Innovation, and Technology

The Commission consists of 30 members, 15 from the Latin American component and 15 from the European Parliament, with a Bureau composed of two co-presidents and four vice-presidents. Its competencies encompass topics such as sustainable development and natural resources, combating climate change, energy, energy security, disaster prevention, research, innovation, and technological development, as well as the implementation and monitoring of bi-regional policies in these areas.

About LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 is a pilot demonstration project, funded by the LIFE program with a budget of over 970,000 euros, which generates biogas in wastewater treatment plant digesters through the mixing of putrescible organic waste (manure, poultry, organic fractions, municipal solid waste, 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 in the market, achieving environmental and economic benefits through biogas production by optimal waste utilization. Thanks to this technology, it promotes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the utilization of sewage sludge generated in wastewater treatment processes, thus having a positive impact on the environment. This program is easily scalable with other funds such as the FEDER, NextGenerationEU, or RepowerEU.