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Aquaenvec in Singapore International Water Week
10.10.2016

To share knowledge. Suez and Cetaqua, with this goal in mind, traveled to Singapore from 10th to 14th July to attend the International Water Week (SIWW)María José Amores, representing Cetaqua, presented several projects, and different themes with the desire to expand internationally the Group’s investigations.

The highlight of Amores exhibition came July 13, when she presented Aquaenvec, which is one of the most successful projects of Cetaqua. Within the theme “Water for habitability and resilience”, the researcher exposed the “Eco-efficiency Tool to support Decision-Making for Water Management in Cities” presentation, in which she explained the main features of Aquaenvec and its known tool.

Participation in the SIWW gave much more, because Maria Jose Amores also shared in Singapore the progress of other projects of Cetaqua like CYTO-WATERAQUAVALENS, SeMPAC, Fuzzy Logic or the sensor platform, demonstrating the heterogeneity of work and the themes of the Technology Centre.

What is Sinagpore International Water Week?

Singapore International Water Week is a global platform for sharing and co-creating innovative solutions in the water sector. In its seventh edition, the SIWW was held in conjunction with the 5th World Summit of Cities and the 3rd Summit CleanEnviro.

This biennial event brings together stakeholders, companies and technology centers around the globe global water industry to share best practices, and also serves as a showcase for the latest technologies and to seize business opportunities.

 

I-Agua interviews Aquaenvec Project Manager Desirée Marin
15.06.2016

The website I-Agua, leader in Spain on water related news, has published an interview with Desirée Marin, researcher and head of the Research Environment, Society and Economy department of Cetaqua. In the interview, Marin (who was Project Manager during the years of its development (2012-2015) explains the methodologies and achievements of LIFE Aquaenvec.

Aquaenvec, recently awarded as Best LIFE Environmental Project of 2015 has proven to be a highly fruitful and useful project, whose practical applications are still spreading.

Especially productive is the web tool developed, which evaluates the eco-efficiency in the urban water cycle. Thus, the Aquaenvec tool helps decision making to improve the relationship between environmental impact and cost of the activities of the urban water cycle.

 

AQUAENVEC receives the award for best LIFE Environmental project 2015
01.06.2016

LIFE Aquaenvec continues to collect awards once finished. On May 31st, in Brussels (Belgium), the project coordinator and Cetaqua researcher, Desirée Marín, attended the LIFE Best Awads 2015 ceremony, an event that pays tribute to the best European funded projects LIFE of 2015.

Aquaenvec was one of 25 LIFE Environmental projects honoree, and adds this award to the received in 2013 as best European project in progress in the European Project Awards 2013, organized by the European Projects Association (EPA).

The ceremony was held in the framework of the Green Week, between May 30th and June 3rd, where conferences were held and debates were promoted on environmental policies and initiatives that take place and must be carried out.

 

Life Aquaenvec Layman’s Report available online
15.09.2015

The Layman’s Report of the LIFE AQUAENVEC project it is now available online.

You can download the pdf file here or visit the Publications section in this website.

This document is a brief of the project and it includes the main details and results, a presentation of the tool, and it is for a non-technical audience.

 

Aquaenvec shared its experience in the LIFE programme
10.07.2015

Last Tuesday July 7th, the Aquaenvec Project was presented at the conference “Supporting environmental and nature conservation projects”, organized by ACC1Ó (Agència per a la Competitivitat de la Empresa of the Generalitat de Catalunya).

María José Amores, from Cetaqua and member of the Aquaenvec project team, presented the project led by Cetaqua, which has as main objective was to provide a tool for decision support to optimize the eco-efficiency, through environmental and economic analysis, ensuring sustainable management of the urban water cycle.

During the event, it was explained the opportunities, for companies and public institutions, that exist within the LIFE Programme, key aspects in the support of the participation in European programs, and the actors in environmental R+D+i environment in Catalonia were explained. Finally, different companies in addition to Cetaqua as, Typsa, Amphos or Eurecat-CTM explained their experiences on the participation of LIFE pProgram through their projects.

 

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A tool for eco-efficiency assessment of urban water cycle activities
01.07.2015

As a result of the LIFE AQUAENVEC project, a tool for eco-efficiency assessment of the urban water cycle activities has been developed.

Thus, the web tool helps decision making to improve the relationship between environmental impact and cost of the activities of the urban water cycle.

Please access to the Aquaenvec tool at the following link:

www.tool.life-aquaenvec. eu

 

Life+ Aquaenvec presents its results in Galicia
31.05.2015

On May 28 the final event of the European project LIFE+ AQUAENVEC was held at the Advanced Studies Center (CEA), Santiago de Compostela, in order to present its main results. The AQUAENVEC project, launched in January 2012, is part of the LIFE program of the European Commission and has enjoyed the participation of Cetaqua (coordinator), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and the University of Valencia (UV).

During the day the results of the application of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and cycle costs (LCC) of water in the two case studies of the project were discussed: Calafell (Tarragona) and Betanzos (A Coruña), which has helped define the eco-efficiency indicators. As a result, the Aquaenvec methodology has been certified according to ISO 14045 standard, as well as the results of eco-efficiency of urban cycle of Betanzos and Calafell, being the first national reference of AENOR.

To close the event, the web tool, that helps decision making to improve the relationship between environmental impact and cost of the activities of the urban water cycle, was presented. During the session, the attendees could familiarize with the tool in a demonstration of its operation. The meeting also served to gather opinions and suggestions of the participants, identifying some potential areas for improvement or evolution.

Cetaqua, as organizer of the event, has pledged to act to combat climate change, calculating and offsetting the emissions generated by the organization and conduct of the day, therefore, the final event of the Aquaenvec project was neutral in gas emissions.

 

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The second brochure is now available
29.05.2015

The AQUAENVEC second brochure is available in the website. The leaflet includes information about the project, general information about the case studies, the methodologies used, the case study results, and information about the Aquaenvec tool.

The brochure was disseminate at the Final Event of the project, and it will be useful for the next face-to-face events.

Download the pdf file here: Aquanvec_brochure

 

 

LIFE + AQUAENVEC presents the web Tool in the project Final Event
28.05.2015

More than 100 people attended the closing day of the final event of the LIFE + AQUAENVEC project, which Cetaqua, together with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad de Valencia, Universidad Santiago de Compostela have been active during the last 3 years (January 2012 – May 2015). This event, held in the auditorium of the Agbar Tower in Barcelona, ​​aimed to present the results of the project and reflect on Aquaenvec improving the eco-efficiency of urban water cycle.

During the day it was possible to reflect on the life cycle analysis and costs of the urban water cycle in the two case studies of the project: Betanzos and Calafell; on the eco-efficiency of urban water cycle and methodologies for the integration of environmental and economic aspects. In addition, attendees could approach to the web tool that the project has generated, which helps decision making to improve the relationship between environmental impact and cost of the activities of the urban water cycle. After the presentation, a practical session of the tool with data offered by some participants was conducted.

NEUTRAL EVENT

The AQUAENVEC Final event was a neutral event in emissions. Therefore took into account emissions from energy consumption in rooms where the event was held, the catering service, the materials provided to attendees, and the journeys made by the attendees. Once the studies of the carbon footprint come to light, emissions of greenhouse gases will be offset by participating in a project of hydropower generation in Chile, which also has social benefits for the local community near the project.

 

The AQUAENVEC project prepares a Workshop to submit results in Galicia
26.05.2015

This next Thursday May 28th the final workshop of the LIFE + AQUAENVEC project will be held at the Centro de Estudos Avanzados (CEA) in Santiago de Compostela. The main objective of this event is to present the results of the project and reflect on Aquaenvec improving the eco-efficiency of urban water cycle.

One of the most important results of the work of Aquaenvec project is a Web tool developed to calculate the eco-efficiency of urban water cycle, which helps decision making to improve the relationship between environmental impact and cost of the activities of the urban water cycle.

The Aquaenvec project, launched in January 2012, is part of the LIFE+ program of the European Commission and has enjoyed the participation of Cetaqua (coordinator), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC) and the Universitat de Valencia (UV). The project has been developed in different small and medium cities of Galicia and Catalonia, with Betanzos and Calafell as case study references.

Zero emissions event

Cetaqua, as organizer of the event, has pledged to act to combat climate change, calculating and offsetting the emissions generated by the organization and conduct of the day. In calculating the carbon footprint of the emissions generated by energy consumption in rooms where the event is held, the caterer, the materials provided to attendees and the journeys made by those attending the conference into account .

To register to the workshop, click here.

 

Countdown to the final event of LIFE + AQUAENVEC
15.05.2015

The next May 21st LIFE + AQUAENVEC will held in the Agbar Tower Auditorium, in Barcelona, ​​the final event of the project, led by Cetaqua. The main objective is to disseminate the results of the AQUAENVEC project and to discuss improvements in eco-efficiency of urban water cycle activities. The round table entitled Challenges of the eco-efficient management of urban water activities  will involve Aigües de Barcelona, ​​Diputació de Barcelona i Consorci d’Aigües de Tarragona.

The project has been carried out in different small- medium sized cities of Galicia and Catalonia regions in Spain, being Betanzos and Calafell the case studies. Aquaenvec has developed a decision-support tool to improve the relationship between environmental impacts and costs of the urban water cycle activities. The consortium formed by Cetaqua (coordinator), Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona (UAB), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC) and Universidad de València (UV), has been working since January 2012 in this project that it will be finished by May 2015.

You can find the agenda hereIf you would like to come, please complete the registration form

 

LIFE+ AQUAENVEC FINAL EVENT: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
05.05.2015

The Final Event of the LIFE+ AQUAENVEC project will take place on May 21st in Agbar Tower Auditorium, in Barcelona. The event aims to disseminate the results of the project and to discuss improvements in eco-efficiency of urban water cycle activities.

The consortium formed by Cetaqua (coordinator), Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona (UAB), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC) and Universidad de València (UV), has been working since January 2012 in this project that it will be finished by May 2015, and titled “Assessment and improvement of the urban water cycle eco-efficiency using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC)” .

The project has been carried out in different small- medium sized cities of Galicia and Catalonia regions in Spain, being Betanzos and Calafell the case studies. Aquaenvec has developed a decision-support tool to improve the relationship between environmental impacts and costs of the urban water cycle activities.

You can find more information in the preliminary agenda. If you would like to come, please complete the registration form before May 15th 2015. Registration is free, with limited capacity. The event will be held in Spanish, with English translation of the sessions.

For further information about the project, please visit the website: www.life-aquaenvec.eu

 

10th Executive Board Meeting
04.02.2015

The 10th Executive Board Meeting of LIFE + AQUAENVEC project was held in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Barcelona) on January 26th and 27th in ICTA head offices.

During the meeting the project partners shared and discussed the project progress on different aspects such as the case studies LCA-LCC results integration, the cost functions and application of DEA, administrative and communication planning, as well as about the eco-efficiency and the development of the tool.

In addition, different aspects of management, content and organization for the Final Workshop of the project were also reviewed, and further steps were decided.

 

9th Executive Board Meeting
15.12.2014

The 9th Executive Board meeting of LIFE+ AQUAENVEC project was held in Cornellà de Llobregat (Barcelona) on November 21st in CETaqua’s head offices.

During the meeting the project partners discussed about project progress and decided next steps.

Communication and administrative aspects were discussed as well.

 

Aquaenvec at the IWA World Water Congress 2014
01.10.2014

IWA LIS

The Aquaenvec project team attended the World Water Congress organised by the International Water Association in Lisbon from 21st to 25th of September 2014.

The conference activities included technical sessions, an exhibition hall and parallel expert meetings.

The partners of the project participated in the technical sessions with the contributions below:

Oral presentation

Monday 22th. 15.55h Decision-making Web-tool to Optimise the Eco-efficiency of Urban Water Cycle Management Desirée Marín, CETaqua (ES). – Session 3- DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS Room 1.08 Track 3

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Poster presentations

324 2477736 ES Quantifying The Environmental Benefits Of SemPAC® For The Removal Of Nutrients And PPCPs Yago Lorenzo Toja University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). Monday 22th. 10:30-12:00h Pavillion 5

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28 2477256 ES LCA Of PVC And HDPE Pipes For Drinking Water Distribution Networks In Cities David Sanjuan-Delmás Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Monday 22 10:30-12:00 Pavillion 4

128 2478802 ES Life Cycle Costing Of The Urban Water Cycle Applied To Mediterranean And Atlantic Cities Maria Jose Amores Barrero CETaqua Water Technology Centre. Tuesday 23 13:30-15:00 Pavillion 4

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 In parallel, there were Aquaenvec’s technical meetings during the Congress and an Executive Board meeting on the 24th of September.

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UAB, USC and CETaqua attended also the meeting  of the IWA Working group on Life Cycle Assessment, coordinated by the Catalan  Institute for Water Research on the 23th.

 

EC External Monitor visit to the AQUAENVEC project
11.06.2014

On 2nd of May the External Monitor of the European Commission visited the AQUAENVEC project. The meeting was held in CETaqua’s headquarters, in Cornellà de Llobregat (Barcelona).

The AQUAENVEC results so far were presented by the project partners. Moreover there was a financial review of the incurred costs and the budget foreseen by the project.

On the 3rd of May, a workshop on Eco-efficiency indicators was held in CETaqua’s offices. 

The objective of the session was defining the indicators and results to be obtained by the software for Eco-efficiency assessment under development.

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Aquaenvec Project presented in SETAC 2014
21.05.2014

From 11th to 15th of May, AQUAENVEC’s project, led by CETaqua, has been presented in SETAC 24th Annual Meeting 2014, held in Basel (Switzerland).

The SETAC European Meeting every year brings together experts from academia devoted to environment and health protection.

The meeting focuses on the most recent advances in environmental sciences and provides a platform for how to implement this knowledge to improve environmental risk assessment and shape policies.

The AQUAENVEC project has presented at the SETAC the next contributions:

• Reckoning of Operational and Environmental Benchmarks within 180 Wastewater Treatment Plants in Spain

• Economic valuation of nutrients removal from wastewater

• Environmental Life Cycle Costing Applied to the Urban Water Cycle

• Environmental consequences of storm-water harvesting for flood prevention.

An Executive Board meeting was held during the conference in Basel as the project consortium was present. Next steps on technical actions were decided. Tuesday morning there was a meeting on cost functions and Data Envelopment Analysis with CETaqua’s and UV’s researchers.

To get more information about SETAC, you can find it in the next links:

http://meetings.setac.org/frontend.php/presentation/viewPublicPDF/id/20062/format/abstract_book

http://meetings.setac.org/frontend.php/presentation/viewPublicPDF/id/19749/format/abstract_book

http://meetings.setac.org/frontend.php/presentation/viewPublicPDF/id/20444/format/abstract_book

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Four accepted contributions to IWA WWCE Lisbon 2014
31.03.2014

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The Aquaenvec project will be presented at the IWA World Water Congress in Lisbon next September. Contributions accepted are titled:

 

  • Decision-making Web-tool To Optimise The Eco-efficiency Of Urban Water Cycle Management (Oral Presentation)

D. Marín,  MJ. Amores, T. Kersting, G. Feijoo, J. Rieradevall and F. Hernandez-Sancho

  • Life Cycle Costing Of The Urban Water Cycle Applied To Mediterranean And Atlantic Cities (Poster Presentation) 

T. Kersting, MJ. Amores, D. Marín, M. Termes, M. Molinos-Senante, F. Hernandez-Sancho

  • Quantifying The Environmental Benefits Of SemPAC® For The Removal Of Nutrients And PPCPs (Poster Presentation)

Y. Lorenzo, A. Hospido, M.T. Moreira, F. Omil, G. Feijoo.

  • LCA Of PVC And HDPE Pipes For Drinking Water Distribution Networks In Cities (Poster Presentation)

 David Sanjuan-Delmás; Anna Petit-Boix; Carles M. Gasol; Gara Villalba; María Eugenia Suárez-Ojeda; Xavier Gabarrell; Alejandro Josa; Joan Rieradevall 


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Five accepted contributions to SETAC 2014 in Basel
16.03.2014

The Aquaenvec project will be presented at the SETAC 24th Annual Meeting in Basel next May. Contributions accepted are titled:

1. Reckoning of Operational and Environmental Benchmarks within 180 Wastewater Treatment Plants in Spain ( Y. Lorenzo, S.Chenel, , D. Marín, M.T. Moreira, G. Feijoo) for poster presentation.
2. Economic valuation of nutrients removal from wastewater (M. Molinos-Senante, F. Hernández-Sancho, M. Termes-Rife, T. Kersting, R. Sala-Garrido) for poster presentation.
3. Environmental Life Cycle Costing Applied to the Urban Water Cycle (Teresa Kersting, Maria José Amores, Desirée Marin, Montserrat Termes-Rifé, María Molinos-Senante, Francesc Hernández-Sancho) for poster presentation.
4. Environmental consequences of stormwater harvesting for flood prevention. (Petit-Boix, Sevigné, Barbassa, Texeira, de Lima, Gutierrez, Marín, Rieradevall, Gabarrell) as a platform presentation.

 

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Greenhouse gases in Betanzos and Calafell
14.03.2014

The Aquaenvec research team was in Calafell city (27-31 January) and in Betanzos (17-21 February) performing the winter monitoring  of GreenHouse Gases (GHG) both at sewer network and WWTPs.

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CETaqua and UAB analysed with an IR equipment the direct emissions of CH4 and N2O while USC was performing the analysis of the water and sludge quality, including PPCPs. 

Also during the week in Calafell, three Notice Boards were installed near the Beach, at SOREA office and at Creu Roja sewer pumping station. The one in the beach explains how the Aquaenvec project will improve Calafell’s urban water cycle.

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5th Executive Board Meeting of AQUAENVEC project.
07.03.2014

5Th Executive Board meeting about AQUAENVEC project was held in Barcelona the 6th March. The project is led by Cetaqua.

The project partners discussed about the project progress and decided the next steps. The first results on the LCA and LCC of case studies were presented by the research groups involved in the project.

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Aquaenvec 2nd Newsletter is available
20.12.2013

The second edition (December 2013) of the Aquaenvec project newsletter is available online!

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Download the ENGLISH version here.

Descarga versión en ESPAÑOL aquí.

 

 

Notice board installed in Betanzos (Galicia)
15.11.2013

Three notice boards have been installed in Betanzos (Galicia), one of the LIFE AQUAENVEC case studies. The project has been explained in a educational way and it includes simple graphs and pictures, to make citizens understand that a European project is developed in their town. There is a simple and an informative version, written in Galician.

The first notice board has been placed in the Waste Water Treatment Plant’s (WWTP) fence:

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The second notice board has been installed outside the municipal swimming pool, next to the sports complex:

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Finally, the last notice board has been installed outside Viaqua’s office:

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First LCA-LCC results at the International Water Week
05.11.2013

Today the Aquaenvec project was presented at the International Water Week Amsterdam 2013: INTEGRATED WATER SOLUTIONS FOR A GREEN ECONOMY.

IWW (2)Maria José Amores showed the first results of the LCA and LCC application on drinking water treatment plants.

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First Workshop on eco-efficiency indicators and tools
25.10.2013

The 1st Internal Workshop of the LIFE AQUAENVEC project was celebrated in Valencia the 15th October. The Workshop was focused on tools for eco-efficiency assessment.

A review of existing tools for economic and environmental assessment in the water and environmental sector was presented. The Aquaenvec team splited in groups to analyse different tools and to brainstorm about the requirements of the Aquaenvec tool for eco-efficiency assessment in the urban water cycle.

As a result of the Workshop, a set of indicators for eco-efficiency assessment was defined and the list of initial requirements of the tool to be developed was settled.

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4th Executive Board meeting

The 4th Executive Board meeting was held in Valencia the 14th October. The project partners discussed about the project progress and decided the next steps. The first results on the LCA and LCC of case studies were presented by the research groups involved in the project.

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Aquaenvec at the World Water Week 2013
06.09.2013

The proposed framework of integrating costs and environmental impacts of the Aquaenvec project was presented at the Workshop “Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation – Promoting Coherence”  held during the World Water Week in Stockholm on the 4th September 2013.

This workshop addressed the constraints, but also showcased good examples of synergies and cooperation. It also addressed how to mainstream climate change resilience in the green economy through improved cooperation between water, agriculture and energy management.

Click here to see more about the workshop and download speakers presentations.

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Aquaenvec 1st Newsletter it is now available
21.08.2013

The first edition of the Aquaenvec project newsletter is now available online!

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Download the ENGLISH version here.

Descarga versión en ESPAÑOL aquí.

 

 

 

GHG emissions measurement at WWTPs and Sewer networks
05.08.2013

The Aquaenvec research team carried out two monitoring campaigns to quantify the emissions of GreenHouse Gases (GHG) coming from WasteWater Treatment Plants and Sewer networks both in Betanzos (Galicia, Spain) and Calafell (Tarragona, Spain).

Methane and Nitrous oxide emissions were analysed together with Hydrogen sulfide from around 10 different points along the sewer and waste water treatment.

Also water and sludge samples were obtained in order to determine water and sludge quality and also quantify removal of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs).

1-5 July 2013: Betanzos, Galicia - in collaboration with Aquagest

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 15-19 July 2013: Calafell, Tarragona- in collaboration with SOREA

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Best ongoing project in the European Projects Awards 2013
04.06.2013

LIFE+ AQUAENVEC has won the European Projects Awards 2013 in the category of ONGOING projects, organized by the European Projects Association (EPA). After being finalist in a first stage of an online popular vote, AQUAENVEC has been selected by a jury of experts as the best project of its category.

The awards ceremony will be held the 6th of June 2013 in Brussels. Besides, the project will be presented in the course “Projects Development & Networking for EU Projects”, in the context of the “World Research and Innovation Congress”. This prize comes in the middle of the project, when AQUAENVEC celebrates one year and a half from its beginning.

To watch the ceremony and the presentation, click on the following link (6th June, 03pm):

http://www.livestream.com/europeanacademy 

photo by Lukasz Kobus,  lukasz@kobusArt.eu,  www.kobusArt.eu,  +32 476-083-996, www.facebook.com/KobusArt

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AQUAENVEC, finalist in the European Projects Awards 2013
23.05.2013

The LIFE+ AQUAENVEC project is one of the 3 finalists in the macro-category ONGOING that will pass to the second phase of the European Projects Awards: the jury vote. With 59 “likes”, AQUAENVEC is the second project most voted from among the 49 submitted in this category.

The winners will receive different prizes as well as the Official EPA Award. These projects will be further disseminated as best practices also during EPA Side Events.

 

 

European Projects Awards 2013
21.05.2013

The European Projects Association (EPA) has announced the European Projects Awards 2013, with the following categories:

  • Environment, consumers and health
  • Research, innovation and technology

The EPA is a non-profit organization focusing on research and development, innovation and internationalisation.

The AQUAENVEC project has taken part in this competition in the first category. You can vote for the project until 22nd May 2013.

 

Vote for the LIFE+ AQUAENVEC project here

 

 

Interview in “Radio Galega”
16.05.2013

The radio program “Efervesciencia” (23rd February 2013) included an interview with Gumersindo Feijóo, from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), about environmental footprint. “Radio Galega” has 194.000 listeners.

 

Listen the entire interview in the following link (in Galician): http://www.crtvg.es/rg/a-carta/efervesciencia-efervesciencia-do-dia-23-02-2013-537865

 

Interview in “La Voz de Galicia”

The Galician newspaper “La Voz de Galicia” published an interview with Gumersindo Feijóo, professor of Chemical Engineering, about carbon footprint. Feijóo, from the University of Santiago de Compostela, participates in the AQUAENVEC project.

The interview was published the 25th April 2013. Founded in 1882, this newspaper has a print run of 68.000 copies and a diffusion of 80.000, the highest of the region.

 

You can download the article here: Entrevista La Voz de Galicia 25042013

 

AQUAENVEC presented to high school students
02.05.2013

On 29th April 2013, a group of 45 students from CPI Monte Caxado (As Pontes) visited the headquarters of CETaqua Galicia, located in Santiago de Compostela. The students, aged 14-16, learned about the activity of the center and the LIFE+ AQUAENVEC project.

CETaqua Galicia’s team also gave them college counseling focused on water research studies and career opportunities.

 

 

Aquaenvec at the IWA Conference held in Marbella
30.04.2013

The project team has participated at the 3rd International IWA Conference on water Economics, Statistics and Finance  that was held in Marbella from 24-26th April 2013. A new specialist conference on Asset management for enhancing energy efficiency in water and wastewater systems was also held in parallel.

One poster and three oral presentations mentioned the work within the Aquaenvec project:

  • Calculation of characterization factors in toxicity impact categories for a group of micropollutants. C. ALFONSIN, A. HOSPIDO, M. T. MOREIRA and G.FEIJOO
  • Cost saving opportunities in wastewater treatment plants: a non-radial DEA approach. M. MOLINOS, F. HERNANDEZ and R. SALA
  • The role of Life Cycle Costing in urban water cycle. M. REYES, M. MOLINOS, M. TERMES and F. HERNANDEZ
  • PLUGRISOST: a model for design, economic cost and environmental analysis of rainwater harvesting in urban systems. X.GABARRELL, T. MORALES-PINZÓN, J. RIERADEVALL, M.R. ROVIRA, G. VILLALBA, A. JOSA, C. MARTÍNEZ-GASOL

 

An Executive Board Meeting was held on friday 26th where upcoming steps on the LCA and LCC calculations and harmonization were discussed.

 

EC monitoring visit
19.04.2013

The AQUAENVEC Project Monitor (Mrs. Audrey Thénard) revised the project’s development in Cetaqua’s headquarters in Cornellà de Llobregat (Barcelona). The visit took place on 18th April.

 

 

The brochure is now available
15.04.2013

The AQUAENVEC brochure is available in the website. The leaflet includes information about the project and it is a useful dissemination tool for face-to-face events.

Download the pdf file here: Aquanvec_brochure

 

STREAM Research Project Factsheet published
03.04.2013

Being funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, STREAM disseminates the results of EU water research projects through its policy and training activities, audiovisual productions and a wide range of communication tools.

STREAM Research Project Factsheets are one of the tools to promote the projects: besides being disseminated via STREAM website, they are also used as training material in STREAM e-learning and summer school activities and they will be available on the WISE-RTD platform as well. The Factsheets present an easily accessible overview of European research on water.

You can download AQUAENVEC Factsheet pdf file here: Factsheet STREAM

Or visit the website: http://ow.ly/jHLbL

It is also available in the section “Publications”:

http://www.life-aquaenvec.eu/publications/

 

“El Ideal Gallego” publishes an article about LIFE+ AQUAENVEC

The galician newspaper “El Ideal Gallego” published a news article about the AQUAENVEC project and Betanzos case study. It has a print run of 13.705 copies and a diffusion of 10.803. This publication has also more than 2.000 followers on its Twitter channel.

You can download the article here El ideal Gallego or on the following link: http://ow.ly/jHpDk

 

USC participates in the organization of 13th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion
22.02.2013

The University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) participates in the organization of 13th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion: Recovering (bio) Resources for the World, to be held in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on 25-28th June 2013.

This event is part of the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Specialist Group conference series, which are conceived as an international forum for discussion on state-of-art of the anaerobic bioprocesses.

For further information, please visit: www.ad13.org

 

2nd Executive Board Meeting
20.02.2013

The 2nd Executive Board meeting of the LIFE+ AQUAENVEC project was held on 25th January in the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). The project partners discussed about the evolution of the project and decided the next steps.

The website of the USC published a news article about AQUAENVEC (Xornal USC) and the galician TV broadcasted a video talking about the participation of the university in the project (TV Galicia).

 

 

 

Oral presentation at SETAC 18th LCA case study symposium in Copenhagen
17.12.2012

The Aquaenvec project was presented during the SETAC Europe 18th Case study Symposium which took place on November 26-28th  2012 in Copenhagen.

The event was a success, with many presentations and posters of varied case studies of LCA.

 

How LIFE Programmes influence legislation in the water sector?
16.11.2012

The LIFE Monitoring Team, which is led by the Astrale Consortium, has published a comprehensive 171-page analysis of the LIFE programme’s contribution to the implementation, dissemination and further development of EU environmental policies and legislation in the water sector.

Aquaenvec is mentioned as an example of these projects that make an influence in this way.

You can download the entire article here: Water_Report

For further information, please visit:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/news/newsarchive2012/october/index.htm#water

 

Spanish LCA network meeting
08.11.2012

The AQUAENVEC team joined the Spanish LCA Network yearly meeting on monday 5th of  Novembre in Madrid.

LCA studies on various subjects being done in different working groups in Spain were presented, amoung which, the Aquaenvec project.

The event was a success and a website will soon be available for you to know more about the Spanish LCA network!

 You can download the project poster here.

 

Poster presentation in London
07.11.2012

A poster of the AQUAENVEC project was displayed during the 1st International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience, in London, which took place on November, 5-6th.

Click on the image below to download the poster:

 

 

Website launching
21.09.2012

The AQUAENVEC Project is now published online! This website gives you the project’s details and progress, and helps you learn more about environmental issues and water.

For more information do not hesitate to contact us through the website!

 

 

Abstract accepted
02.08.2012

Abstract accepted for an oral presentation at the SETAC 18th LCA case study symposium which will take place in November in Copenhagen.

 

Abstract accepted
01.08.2012

Abstract accepted for an oral presentation at the:

 1st International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience.

The abstract submitted to the Conference is entitled:

“Eco-efficiency indicators and tool for the urban water cycle management of European small-medium cities”
Desirée Marin, Suzy Mc Ennis, Gumersindo Feijoo, Joan Rieradevall, Francesc Hernandez-Sancho

 

Poster exhibition during Green Week 2012
24.05.2012

The AQUAENVEC project was presented in the 3rd European Water Conference poster exhibition, during the Green Week in Brussels on 24 – 25 May 2012.

You can download the poster here.