AnMBR, reclaimed water and fertigation: Two case studies in Italy and Spain to assess economic and technological feasibility and CO2 emissions within the EU Innovation Deal initiative
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AnMBR, reclaimed water and fertigation: Two case studies in Italy and Spain to assess economic and technological feasibility and CO2 emissions within the EU Innovation Deal initiative

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AnMBR, reclaimed water and fertigation: Two case studies in Italy and Spain to assess economic and technological feasibility and CO2 emissions within the EU Innovation Deal initiative

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dc.contributor.author Jiménez Benítez, Antonio Luis
dc.contributor.author Ferrer, Francisco Javier
dc.contributor.author Greses Huerta, Silvia
dc.contributor.author Ruiz Martínez, Ana
dc.contributor.author Fatone, Francesco
dc.contributor.author Eusebi, Anna Laura
dc.contributor.author Mondéjar, Nieves
dc.contributor.author Ferrer Polo, José
dc.contributor.author Seco Torrecillas, Aurora
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-26T09:24:26Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-26T09:24:26Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10550/75194
dc.description.abstract The use of anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) technology on urban wastewater can help to alleviate droughts, by reusing the water and nutrients embedded in the effluent in agriculture (fertigation) in line with Circular Economy principles. The combination of AnMBR and fertigation reduces CO2 emissions due to the organic matter valorization and the partial avoidance of mineral fertilizer requirements. However, both AnMBR and fertigation still face technological and regulatory barriers that need to be overcome. These bottlenecks were tackled within the first Innovation Deal approved by the European Commission in 2016, and gave rise to several case studies on water reuse systems. The results of the Oliva Wastewater Treatment Plant (Spain) and Peschiera-Borromeo Wastewater Treatment Plant (Italy) showed that reclaimed water can be considered as a reliable water and nutrient source, return a positive economic balance (up to 376 k ·year−1) and provide significant reductions and savings in CO2 emissions (up to −898.9 tCO2·year−1). According to the new EU regulation, a new key player known as the Reclaimed Water Manager, was also proposed to be in charge of supplying reclaimed water with appropriate quantity and quality to end-users. This new agent would also be responsible for drawing up and implementing a Water Reuse Risk Management Plan in cooperation with the parties involved. Applying AnMBR technology to water reuse thus shows potential for contributing to catchment-scale Circular Economy while preserving natural water bodies, reducing the carbon footprint and creating new business opportunities. However, to take full advantage of its benefits demonstration projects would need to be carried out and favorable and harmonized regulations among the EU States would need to be adopted.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal Of Cleaner Production, 2020, vol. 270, num. 122398
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.source Jiménez Benítez, Antonio Luis Ferrer, Francisco Javier Greses Huerta, Silvia Ruiz Martínez, Ana Fatone, Francesco Eusebi, Anna Laura Mondéjar, Nieves Ferrer Polo, José Seco Torrecillas, Aurora 2020 AnMBR, reclaimed water and fertigation: Two case studies in Italy and Spain to assess economic and technological feasibility and CO2 emissions within the EU Innovation Deal initiative Journal Of Cleaner Production 270 122398
dc.subject Aigua Utilització
dc.subject Anaerobiosi
dc.title AnMBR, reclaimed water and fertigation: Two case studies in Italy and Spain to assess economic and technological feasibility and CO2 emissions within the EU Innovation Deal initiative
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2020-06-26T09:24:27Z
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122398
dc.identifier.idgrec 139741

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