- On 15th December REMEB was presented before a hundred of water professionals in FACSA Technical Seminars on ‘Circular economy in water sanitation and purification’
One more year FACSA celebrated its annual technical seminars on wastewater sanitation and purification. This year, the event focused on Circular Economy applied to this field and was held on 15th and 16th December at the Hotel Intur Orange in Benicàssim, Castellón, Spain.
The two-day event revealed the contribution that the sector of sanitation and water purification can do in the current scenario. The development of new products and services, providing a sustainable growth that will create jobs and wealth, while ensuring in turn the well-being of citizens and a sustainable future.
Circular economy is an economic concept interrelated with sustainability, and whose objective is to keep the value of products, materials and resources (water, energy, …) in the economy for as long as possible, and an to minimize waste generation. It is about implementing a new circular economy – not linear – based on the principle of “closing the life cycle” of products, services, waste, materials, water and energy.
In circular economy water reuse has become an essential tool to address the problem of water scarcity being a part of the solution to a sustainable water use model.
The programme, made up of papers and presentations of real cases, had first-class experts from university, institutional and specialized technicians who exchanged knowledge and extraordinary professional background.
Ignacio Pastor, coordinator of the sanitation and purification area of Alicante and Murcia, Spain, at FACSA delivered a presentation of the project on 15th December that counted on a numerous audience.
REMEB, funded by Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, it aims to develop a recycled membrane bioreactor for water reuse. REMEB implements circular economy in several ways: agricultural wastes such as orujillo, generated in olive oil production, and industrial wastes such as fired tile scrap, are introduced in an industrial cycle for the manufacturing of the membrane, thus helping reduce the landfilled wastes.
In addition to this, the ultimate goal of the project is to generate high quality treated water with the produced bioreactor. REMEB will then promote the reuse of wastewater in urban and industrial areas, supporting a model of a sustainable use of water in a Europe where half of the countries are facing water stress issues.