Energetic, environmental and economic challenges (ES1202)


The collaboration between scientists and engineers from different fields (environment, engineering, economy, microbial ecology, etc.) and stakeholders (universities, companies and policy makers) coming from different European countries, will allow work to be conducted under a wider paradigm when conceiving advanced and sustainable Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs), not limiting the new achievements to technological aspects.The scientific and technological challenges include, apart from ensuring high waterandsludge quality, the following:

  • Resource recovery and water reuse,including energy, nutrients, bioplastics, etc.
  • Towards an energetic self-sufficient WWTP,with an improved energy balance and more efficient control strategies and operational procedures.
  • Minimisation of Greenhouse Gas(GHG) footprint. GHG measurements, fate analysis, modelling and control from a plant-wide perspective.
  • Minimising environmental impact. Odours abatement and (organic and inorganic) micropollutant removal.

 The objectives of the networking activities include:

  • Set-up of a strong and multidisciplinary European Network on WWT composed of researchers and water professionals.
  • Promote the role of ESR in the networking activities, especially during the Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) and visits between partners.
  • Excellence training opportunities for ESR during the training schools.
  • Promote innovation and transfer of technologies to the water sector through the companies and water agencies participating in the network.
  • Act as precursor of successful projects in Horizon 2020.
  • Give clear guidance on sustainable WWT adapted to different scenarios (deliverables: book + Decision Support System) useful for different stakeholders.