LIFE+ AQUAENVEC PRESENTS THE WEB TOOL IN THE FINAL EVENT OF THE PROJECT
04 June 2015
Over 100 people attended the final event of the LIFE+ AQUAENVEC project, on which Cetaqua, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the University of Valencia and the University of Santiago de Compostela, have actively collaborated for the last three and a half years. The objective of the event, held in the auditorium of the Agbar Tower in Barcelona, was to present the results of the Aquaenvec project and to reflect on the challenges for eco-efficient management of the urban water cycle.
During the event, it was possible to discuss the results of the application of the life cycle analysis and water cycle costs in the project’s two case studies: the municipalities of Calafell (Tarragona) and Betanzos (A Coruña), which made it possible to define the eco-efficiency indicators. Consequently, the Aquaenvec methodology was certified to standard ISO 14045, in addition to the eco-efficiency results of the urban cycle of Betanzos and Calafell, being the first national reference of AENOR. The Aquaenvec web tool for the simple assessment of eco-efficiency was also presented, aimed at planners and managers from this sector.
Those attending were able to familiarize themselves with the web tool in a demonstration of its operation with practical cases of the analysis of the construction of the network and the operation of a treatment plant. The session was also used to collect the opinions and suggestions of the attendees, thus identifying some aspects of potential improvement or evolution.
The final event of the Aquaenvec project was neutral in greenhouse gas emissions. For this, a calculation was made of the emissions associated with the energy consumption of the rooms where the event was held, the catering service, the materials handed over to the attendees, and the journeys made by the attendees. On knowing the carbon footprint, the CO2 emissions were offset, participating in a hydroelectric power generation project in Chile, which moreover includes social benefits for the local community close to the project.