Approximately fifty professionals followed the Disclosure Conference organized by FAEN in the House of Culture of Mieres, which was opened by the Mayor, Aníbal Vázquez and the General Manager of Industry, Isaac Pola. During the conference, the European Life + Programme was analyzed in depth and the experiences that are being carried out under its framework in Mieres, Navia, Vilafranca del Penedès and other municipalities in the rest of Spain.

All of them are projects which have much to do with the environmental improvement of local entities and energy efficiency, as LifeHygenet will generate clean electricity to the municipality of Mieres. Felix R. Santos-Dios Pérez, Head of the Technical Office of the City of Mieres, was in charge of presenting the Lifehygenet project, which is being developed in the municipality and it is based on harnessing of the energy of water in water supply networks. In this project, funded by the European program Life +, the municipality of Mieres, the Asturian Energy Foundation (FAEN) Engineering Support Asturiana SA (INGEMAS), Servo Ship S.L. and Prodintec are immersed.

The Coordinator of Strategic Projects of the town of Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona), Jordi Cuyàs, presented the work carried out in his area to close the circle of the vineyard, by using branches as biomass, both in wineries and public facilities, a pioneering activity both in the use of agricultural biomass, and close the circle of CO2 in the wine sector as well, in the case of Spain, the involvement of municipal water company as a supplier of biomass, ensuring the process.

The attendees noticed that public-private Collaboration is essential to develop Life projects and improve the environmental conditions of our nearest environments, what is particularly interesting to municipal managers such as the Mayors of Castropol, Atarmundi, Mieres and Navia, or the Deputy Mayor of Vilafranca, Josep Mª Martí, who followed with much interest the development of the conference, as well as representatives of the Asturian Municipalty Federation.

The day consisted of two round table discussions: “Best practices in managing biomass wastes” moderated by the Director of the Asturian Energy Foundation, FAEN, Fermín Corte and “Best practices in the management of the network of drinking water supply “moderated by Alejandro Fernandez, of Prodintec.