Brussels, October 2, 2023. This year’s World Habitat Day focuses on the concept of ‘Resilient Urban Economies’ and highlights cities’ capacity to act as catalysts for fostering inclusive, environmentally friendly, and sustainable economic growth.

This year 2023 has been particularly challenging for global urban economies, with growth slowing down to around 2.5%. Achieving sustainable economic growth requires cities to effectively absorb, recover, and prepare for the future of the economy. This resilience must be integrated into the framework of a green recovery, involving increased private and public partnerships to support the transition to a green, digital, and carbon-neutral economy.

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 solution for advancing towards energy self-sufficiency

In Europe, there are approximately 18,000 wastewater treatment plants equipped with digesters. These facilities have the capacity to convert organic waste from various sectors into biogas, which can lead to significant energy cost savings, allowing different stakeholders to meet their own energy demands. The final product of this eco-digestion process embodies a valuable organic substance that can be reused as biofertilizer, positively contributing to the circular economy.

The anaerobic system of LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 can contribute to the resilience and sustainability of urban economies by:

  1. Reducing energy costs: By using biogas produced from organic waste, facilities can experience significant energy cost savings. This is especially relevant for industries that generate large amounts of organic waste, as they can leverage these internal resources to meet their energy needs.
  2. Strengthening energy resilience: Incorporating biogas production from organic waste diversifies energy sources for facilities and communities. This makes them less vulnerable to fluctuations in fossil fuel prices and power supply disruptions, as they can rely on an internal and renewable energy source.
  3. Promoting environmental sustainability: Harnessing organic waste and producing renewable energy promotes environmental sustainability by reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with the burning of fossil fuels. This contributes to climate change mitigation and environmental preservation.

Contact us to find out how to implement this technology in your project or company. Soon, we will launch a webinar where we will explain possible project synergies to continue joining efforts for a cleaner, sustainable, and resilient urban future.


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.