18/10/2023, Brussels. On Wednesday, October 18th, as part of the 2023 European Week of Regions and Cities 2023 (EU Regions Week) side events, from the European project LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0, we have been delighted to host a webinar titled “Green Energy Innovation: Opportunities for Regions and Municipalities through EU Funds.”
The event featured prominent participants, including Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI, the President of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy; József RIBÁNYI, a member of the Committee of the Regions and the Commission for Environment, Climate Change, and Energy (ENVE); Octavi Quintana, the Director of the PRIMA Foundation; Ramiro Martínez, the General Coordinator of the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organizations (MENBO); and María García de la Fuente, the President of the Association of Environmental Information Journalists (APIA), among others.
During the webinar, various topics related to the future of renewable energy were discussed, emphasizing the significance of building alliances and creating synergies, as well as the role of projects like LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 in transitioning towards a greener approach in our regions and municipalities.
The final programme was as follows:
10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.: WELCOMING
- Moderator – María GARCÍA DE LA FUENTE, President, Asociación de Periodistas de Información Ambiental (APIA)
10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: EU´S ENERGY OUTLOOK AND PRIORITIES
- Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI, President, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, European Parliament
- József RIBÁNYI, Member, Committee of the Regions, ENVE Commission
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.: GREEN ENERGY INNOVATION: LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0
- Pau GRANELL, Plant Manager, EDAR of Quart-Benàger (València)
LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 Technological Advancements
- Juanma REVUELTA, CEO, Finnova Foundation
EU funds opportunities and the LIFE Programme
- Ramiro MARTÍNEZ, General Coordinator of the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organizations (MENBO)
10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: GIRLS4TECH & STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS (SEUA)
- Lola BORDÁS, CMO, Finnova Foundation
Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) 2023 in Málaga
Initiative Girls4Tech LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0
11:00 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.: ROUND TABLE – Renewable Energy and Biogas: A Sustainable Approach to the Green Transition
- Carlos LAFITA, R&D&i Technician, Global Omnium
- Xavier GAMISANS, Project Coordinator, LIFE BIOGASNET
- PhD. Manuela HIDALGO, University of Girona, LIFE BIODAPH2O
- Victoria PUCHOL, Project Manager, Jeanologia, LIFE ANHIDRA
11:25 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: CLOSING
Access to the webinar recording here (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ6bUwGYbJA
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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 EUR, 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.