ASSESSMENT AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE URBAN WATER CYCLE ECO-EFFICIENCY USING LCA AND LCC www.life-aquatik.eu

CETaqua

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CETaqua is a non-profit research centre which sets-up, manages and performs research, technological development and innovation projects in the field of water, particularly the complete urban water cycle.

CETaqua was created to take advantage of the synergies between its three founding partners: Aguas de Barcelona (Agbar); the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). This allows CETaqua to take advantage of the knowledge and resources of both the academic and industrial sectors, to know the day-to-day and future needs of the sector and to transfer and apply the results of its research.

The main research areas of the centre are: alternative water resources, such as desalination and reuse; mitigation of climate change, adaptation in water resources and flood risk management; efficient infrastructure management; advanced water treatments, sludge management and odour control; water and energy and water demand management focusing on achieving the goals of the Water Framework Directive (WFD).

CETaqua has a portfolio of more than seventy projects including five Life+ as leader, three FP7 projects as partner, and various nationally and privately funded projects. The center has a dedicated technology transfer unit as well as a programmes department, specialized in reporting and in coordinating the economic, legal and administrative aspects of project management.

Management:

Desirée Marín (Project Manager)

Alba Martí (Administrative)

Laura Ventura (Communication)

Main Researchers  involved:

LCA: Maria José Amores, Xavier Aldea, Muriel Prieto and Desirée Marín

LCC:  Carla Arnal, Montserrat Termes and Desirée Marín

LCI of case studies in Galicia: Sergio Chenel

LCI of case studies in Catalunya: Míriam Planas

Researchers involved in the past: Elisenda Lamana, Teresa Kersting, Alexander Gregg, Valeria Bernardo, Mónica Reyes, Suzy McEnnis, Lucía Argüelles, Alba Cànovas, Gabriel Lagos, Roger Guiu and Anna Massagué.

Other LIFE+ Projects in CETaqua: