Waste & Circular Economy

26 October 2018

Local Renewables conference explores wastewater utilities and the circular economy

As part of the 2018 Local Renewables Conference, ICLEI organised a session titled ‘The wastewater utility of the future: A key player of the circular city?’

In this session, researchers from the INCOVER project presented their work on innovative technologies for recovering a variety of resources from wastewater. These included: recycled water, organic acids, bio-fertilisers, and bio-methane.

After short pitches from the researchers, the floor was opened to questions, and a panel of municipal representatives and other experts from the public wastewater sector were asked to provide their opinion on the feasibility of the presented technologies and the usefulness of the products within a circular city context.

This session was followed by a Stakeholder Dialogue focusing specifically on the upgraded biogas (bio-methane) produced through the INCOVER project’s technology. The Stakeholder Dialogue targeted experts from energy associations and companies, the transport sector and other potential end-users and addressed the overarching question of bio-methane’s future in the European energy market, marketability and financial viability issues, as well as applications, limitations and opportunities.

For more information about the INCOVER project, click here.