On November 8th, the “LIFE Projects Technical Conference: Water, waste and Circular economy” was held at the Technological Center of Manresa (CTM) – Eurecat in order to raise awareness of current sustainability LIFE projects.

The event was divided into two parallel working sessions where the experts presented a total of 13 projects on the efficient management of water, on the one hand, and on waste and circular economy, on the other hand.

161108-presentaciov4h_innoviIn the session on waste and circular economy the project Ecorkwaste was presented, of which INNOVI participates. The Ecorkwaste project is the valorisation of the by-product of the cork by demonstrating the technical, environmental and economic feasibility. On the one hand, the by-product of cork to different granulometries will be used as absorbent material in the wetlands for the removal of organic compounds in wastewater treatment system. And, on the other hand, the energy potential will be valorised by means of a gasification process of the different cork granulometry. This project involves the Universitat Politècncia de Catalunya (UPC), the Catalan Cork Institute, the CTM (member of the Tecnio network), the company Typsa, and the Wine Cluster of Catalonia INNOVI.

In addition, INNOVI presented the Vineyards4Heat LIFE project. The project aims to apply and implement a Vineyards Virtuous Circle (VVC) as a local strategy to mitigate climate change contributing to meet the goals to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) according to the SEAP (Sustainable Energy Action Plan) derived from the political commitment and engagement to the Covenant of Mayors. The Vineyards Virtuous Circle makes profit of vineyards pruning to generate heat and cold for wineries. This VVC involves all actors of the biomass value chain: biomass suppliers from vineyards, collectors of biomass, and consumers of energy. The project involves the City Council of Vilafranca del Penedès, COVIDES, NOU VERD and INNOVI.

The LIFE program is an initiative of the European Commission to promote research and innovation projects applied to the conservation of the environment and the fight against climate change. The plan started in 1992 and has a budget of 3,400 million euros for the period 2014-2020.