On 1st and 2nd April the online Water2REturn General Meeting was held. During the several sessions, the Consortium discussed about the organization of the ten expected thematic workshops aiming to maximize the impact and scope of the project.
Thus, Water2Return project will organize ten thematic workshop in the five countries identified as target markets which are present in the consortium (Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy and Belgium).
Five thematic workshops will be addressed to slaughterhouse industry, while the other five thematic workshops will be addressed to farmers and consumers.
Furthermore, the partners involved in the organization have already started to develop a strategic plan in order to reach as many as possible stakeholders. Among the other ideas, the workshops will organize back-to-back and offer advanced applicants with concrete project ideas and a mix of theoretic inputs and thematic discussions.
Nevertheless, such thematic workshops are expected to be working sessions in order to gather the above quoted researchers, industry and end-users by discussing about technological trends, industrialization possibilities and needs of the market in the specific final application area of the wastewater treatment.
By following the previous schedule, these thematic workshops were expected to be carried out during the last year of the project duration, that is in the 2020. This because, at that time it would have already had results on the system performance, production rates, economic information from the business plan, results on the LCA, LCC and other environmental assessments, and very specially on the Social LCA, where acceptance is a key topic, etc.
Due to some delays regarding the construction and implementation of demo-site in Matadero del Sur, the events will be postponed since currently the information gathered is not enough to properly design the workshops and contribute to increase the public acceptance of the project technology.
In addition to this, due to COVID-19 measures, the partners are planning the activities for the next year, but they are waiting for a further delay that could postpone the end of the project in 2022.
By the way, the whole Consortium is keeping going to carry out all the possible activities regarding the issue even though the global difficulty created by the COVID-19.