New Energy and Resources from Urban Sanitation

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Efficient use of resources and materials

Overview

Over the last decades lots of research has been done on new kinds of sanitation that focuses on the recovery or saving of water, energy and raw materials. Significant progress has resulted in the possibility to implement these forms of so called ‘new sanitation’. The potential for ‘new sanitation’ is particularly high in urban areas, due the presence of sufficient scale. And because of the growing conviction that future arrangements for the processing of waste (water) should be based on the principles of a circular economy, the potential benefits of ‘new sanitation’ are not contested. Despite the demand and need for the use of ‘new sanitation’ policymakers are still hesitative to make us of it. This is mainly because of a lack of practical evidence that ‘new sanitation’ concepts can function as a full-fledged alternative for conventional sanitation methods. Therefor this project aims to position ‘new sanitation’ as circular economy solution that is a full-fledged alternative for conventional sanitation concepts. To do so several demonstration activities with ‘new sanitation’ focussing on the saving and recovery of resources will be carried out in diverse urban areas. For example in new and existing residential areas, event venues and office buildings / business areas. In addition a strategy and action plan will be developed to provide concrete support for policymakers to implement ‘new sanitation’ in the near future. Local governments are primarily responsible for the construction of sanitation. Their demand for applying ‘new sanitation’ is the driving force behind this project and as a result of this municipalities and provinces are important project partners. Knowledge institutes are included in the partnership to bring in the necessary expertise for the development of demonstration activities. For building the actual sanitation construction close cooperation with SMEs is needed. This could be arranged either by SMEs joining the partnership or by subcontracting.

Creation date: 19/05/2016

Bloc onglets

Description
Bloc 1

Overall objective

The overall objective is to make possible the implementation of ‘new sanitation’ in diverse urban areas by providing demonstrations and a strategy and action plan. ‘New sanitation’ recovers and / or saves energy, water and raw materials in the treatment of waste water.

Bloc 2

Outputs

1. Strategy and action plan for the use of ‘new sanitation’ in diverse urban areas. 2. Several test / pilot / demonstration activities in which in practice ‘new sanitation’ is applied as circular economy solution in diverse urban areas.

Bloc 3

Expected result

1. Policymakers make use of ‘new sanitation’ as a full-fledged alternative for conventional sanitation. 2. Due to ‘new sanitation’ waste water is no longer seen as waste but as a resource. 3. The implementation of ‘new sanitation’ means significant savings in the use of water and energy for the treatment of waste water. 4. The exploitation costs of sanitation are reduced because waste water represents an economic value when used as resource on the hand and on the other hand costs are reduced because of saving energy and water.

Bloc 4

Cross-border added-value

The potential of ‘new sanitation’ as well as the lack of implementation is existing throughout the entire Two Seas region. This means that finding solutions to change this situation is beneficiary for all member states. Cooperation between the four involved countries can contribute in speeding up this process, because all four countries have specific expertise in ‘new sanitation’ (e.g. UGent, TU Delft). By combining the existing knowledge and experience new concepts can be more sophisticated and sooner applicable.