ASSESSMENT AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE URBAN WATER CYCLE ECO-EFFICIENCY USING LCA AND LCC www.life-aquatik.eu
With 80% of European citizens living in urban areas, cities hold the key to environmental sustainability. In the current context of environmental legislation concerning urban sustainability, the Europe 2020 strategy is a crucial element, aiming at reducing by 20% greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
As part of the urban systems, the urban water cycle should also limit its environmental impact – associated to energy consumption, uses of chemicals and waste generation – while it must continuously provide a reliable drinking water supply and waste-water treatment to growing cities at reasonable costs. At the same time, water management in cities must respond to always more demanding water quality legislations, such as the Priority Substances Directive (Directive 2008/105/EC), regarding drinking water supply; and the waste-water treatment directive (Directive 91/271/EEC), both included in the Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC).
As a response to the challenge, the AQUAENVEC project proposes to combine environmental assessment and economic impact analysis into a comprehensive study of the eco-efficiency of the urban water cycle.
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