Brussels, September 27, 2023. Today, on World Tourism Day, from LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0, we want to highlight the benefits of our solution, designed to address the underlying challenges of dealing with organic waste generated in various sectors, particularly in the HORECA industry, which encompasses hotels, restaurants, and catering.

In the context of sustainability, the hospitality sector has a significant opportunity to make strides by adopting biogas as a clean energy source. This transition is applicable to a wide range of establishments, including hotels, restaurants, and catering services. The use of biogas not only supports environmental conservation efforts but also has a positive impact on financial results by reducing costs.

An eco-friendly solution to advance energy self-reliance

The European project LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 is perfectly aligned with the priorities of NextGenerationEU regarding the circular economy and waste management. It is a project that can help the tourism sector to reduce their organic waste management HORECA costs through biogas production, utilizing the underutilized infrastructure of the nearest wastewater treatment plants to the hotel complex. This would result in lowering the bill for hot water and heated pools in hotels.

Stay tuned for our updates, as we will soon be sharing explanatory videos about this technique on our YouTube channel.


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.

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.