Welcome
to the 1st issue
of the Water2REturn
newsletter!

This issue provides you with an idea of the main objectives activities of the project. It will also inform you about upcoming events and past events that Water2REturn has been involved in.

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In a nutshell

In a world in which resources are being used up, there is rising demand for alternative and sustainable solutions to cope with foreseen shortages. Focusing on two relevant economic sectors, slaughtering and the manufacture of fertilisers, Water2REturn proposes to use a Circular Economy approach to turn wastewater treatment facilities in slaughterhouses into "bio-refineries".
Water2REturn is an Innovation Action that is co-funded by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme. It is coordinated by BIOAZUL (Malaga, Spain) and is focused on the recovery and recycling of nutrients from slaughterhouse wastewater. Nutrients that are recovered are turned into value-added products for the fertiliser industry and, consequently, for the agricultural sector.

Main objectives of Water2REturn

Demonstrator implementation at real scale

Development of a demonstrative application for slaughterhouse wastewater treatment and large-scale nutrient recovery in a real case study, the slaughterhouse 'Matadero del Sur' in Salteras (Spain)

Fertilisers and biostimulants manufacturing

Manufacturing of organic-source fertilisers and biostimulants in production lines built up within Water2REturn project timeframe. They will be manufactured in Spain and tested in Slovenia, Romania, Lithuania and Spain.
Reduction of the environmental adverse effects

Reduction of the environmental adverse effects of nutrient emissions and wastewater discharge

Nutrients recovery rates of 90-95 % (N and P) and reduction of wastewater discharged to the environment by 90%, thus decreasing water bodies pollution and other related environmental problems. Moreover, the treated water obtained can be further used, reducing operational costs of the slaughterhouse.
Reduction of landfilled waste

Reduction of landfilled waste

Reduction of waste diverted to landfills by 80%. After removing the organic elements from the slaughterhouse wastewater, the remaining inorganic fraction (less than 20% of the wastewater composition) will be the only residual element taken to landfills
Energy self-sufficiency of slaughterhouses wastewater treatment plants

Energy self-sufficiency of slaughterhouses wastewater treatment plants

Manufacturing of organic-source fertilisers and biostimulants in production lines built up within Water2REturn project timeframe. They will be manufactured in Spain and tested in Slovenia, Romania, Lithuania and Spain.
Promotion of a wide and fast market uptake of Water2REturn processes and products

Promotion of a wide and fast market uptake of Water2REturn processes and products

Targeted business plans will be implemented with the aim of creating new business opportunities and green jobs around nutrient recovery and recycling technologies, especially for SMEs in EU. The acceptance of the final commercial outcomes by final users will be enhanced through capacity building and awareness raising.
Fill in our questionnaires for Farmers, Slaughtering Industry, the Fertilizer Industry, Wastewater Treatment Industry, Consumers and NGOS
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Events attended
SWAT 2018: 5th International Conference on Small and Decentralised Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants. Thessalonica Greece August 26-29 2018
more info on Water2REturn website
IFAT 2018: Resources, Innovations, Solutions. Messe Munchen May 14-18 2018
more info on Water2REturn website
W2R meeting
W2R meeting: first project semester’s outcomes and the state of development of each of the running tasks. Naples January 23 – 24 2018
more info on Water2REturn website
Mediterranean workshop
Mediterranean workshop: meeting point to identify opportunities and propose new initiatives for sustainable development. Naples October 23 and 24 2017
more info on Water2REturn website
EIP-AGRI FOCUS GROUP: first The EIP Agri Focus Group on Nutrient Recycling has published the final report on Nutrient Recycling: How to improve the agronomic use of recycled nutrients (N and P) from livestock manure and other organic sources? more info on Water2REturn website
Upcoming events
SABANA
SABANA workshop - Las Palmas, 18 oct 2018
ChemPlast Expo - Madrid (Spain), 6-8 Nov 2018
ecomondo
Ecomondo - Rimini, 07 November 2018
Synergies with other projects
Water2REturn consortium is proud to announce that synergies with other EU projects have been created:
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Are you interested?
in getting involved with the Water2REturn project? Is there an interesting connection that could be made between your organisation and ourteam? Write to us and we will be happy to explore the opportunity to collaborate.
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The information and views set out in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.
This project has received funding from the European Union' Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 730398 - Call H2020-CIRC-02-2016-2017
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