Brussels, September 26, 2023. World Environmental Health Day underscores the global commitment to safeguarding human health by improving environmental well-being. This link between our environment and health encompasses factors such as air pollution, chemicals, agriculture, climate change, and water quality. Recognizing human activities as the primary drivers of environmental degradation is essential, which is why LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 promotes the adoption of its technology in various sectors, including HORECA, to facilitate the green transition of key industries
Renewable energy production to safeguard environmental health
LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 focuses on the production of biogas, a form of renewable energy generated through the anaerobic digestion of organic waste, which offers significant environmental advantages. It assists in mitigating climate change by capturing methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and converting it into usable energy. Furthermore, it diminishes methane emissions from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) by redirecting organic waste, thereby contributing to improved waste management practices. Biogas stands as a renewable energy source that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels and lowers emissions. Additionally, it supports nutrient recycling through its residue, reducing the necessity for synthetic fertilizers and fostering sustainable agriculture.
The cleaner-burning properties of biogas also contribute to a reduction in air pollution and enhance energy self-sufficiency. These factors collectively position biogas as an effective solution for enhancing environmental health by addressing climate change, waste management, sustainable energy production, and air quality. By transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables in our operations and supporting the reuse of waste, we can combat pollution, mitigate climate change, and protect ecosystems.
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.