Obiettivo 11. Rendere le città e gli insediamenti umani inclusivi, sicuri, duraturi e sostenibili|Obiettivo 6. Garantire a tutti la disponibilità e la gestione sostenibile dell’acqua e delle strutture igienico-sanitarie|Obiettivo 3. Assicurare la salute e il benessere per tutti e per tutte le età|Obiettivo 13. Promuovere azioni, a tutti i livelli, per combattere il cambiamento climatico*
The overall objective of NICE is to widen the availability of enhanced Natural Based Solutions (NBS) to provide circularurban water solutions. NICE will provide key knowledge for the design and implementation of NBS, closing urban waterloops. Solutions will make available reusable water for different purposes, in addition to mitigating pollution and runoff andconstituting an attractive and integral part of the urban landscape.NICE strategy will be based on the comprehensive study of existing NBS together with the R&D at lab and Urban Real Labs(URLs - Vigo, Talavera, Cairo, Bordeaux, Ostrava) of 5 innovative NBS covering the urban water cycle (wastewater,greywater, river basins, stormwater & Combined Sewer Overflow): green walls, vegetated roof tops, rain gardens, reed bedfilters and hybrid subsurface wetlands. These NBS will be enhanced with bioaugmentation strategies, adsorbent materials,innovative media, design and plants.The overall approach encompasses the integration of research, citizens, policy and the economic sector to provide theknowledge base for the integration of the NBS in the real context, covering technical, geographic, social, economic andcultural variety:• Enable the scaling up NBS across EU by development of guidelines, standards and methodologies. A deep review of theexisting innovative urban NBS in EU and beyond as well as the creation and implementation of URLs will be carried out.• New business and investment models to maximize the co-effectiveness and co-benefits for the environment, economy andsociety in urban landscapes of the development and deploy of NBS solutions.• Identify obstacles, barriers and opportunities for the current regulatory framework to support the integration of the NBS inthe urban landscape and the use of the effluents for reuse in different uses.• Raising citizen´s awareness and engagement by involving local citizens, authorities, other NBS projects, etc. in the cocreation of the URLs.
SUstainable Purification of wastewatER with GREEN walls, (2017-2019) - Responsabile Scientifico
Corporate-funded and donor-funded research
Conventional wastewater treatment technologies are characterised by high energetic and economic costs (72 billion €; 25% of 2014 EU environmental expenditures) that represent a big challenge for sustainability. Moreover, approximately 70% of domestic wastewater sent to treatment is actually made up of diluted greywater, which is discharged from showers, bathtubs, washing machines, and hand washing sinks and whose contaminant content is much lower than in blackwater from toilets. Since conventional wastewater treatment technologies are less efficient when dealing with diluted wastewater, separating greywater would enhance operative conditions for the local treatment plant. Furthermore, onsite greywater purification would also provide a local source of reusable water, which could be recycled for other uses (e.g., toilet washing and irrigation, depending on local regulation) that would otherwise employ clean water. This reuse would turn greywater from a waste product into a resource, but it is currently hampered by the lack of an affordable treatment technology for that is able to operate in densely inhabited urban areas where space is limited and expensive.The aim of SUPERGREEN is to couple greywater recycling as a nutrient-rich irrigation source together with the use of green walls, which are vegetated vertical elements that exploit unused building surfaces to provide benefits such as greening, improved aesthetics, and shading. SUPERGREEN will feature an extensive campaign of laboratory experiments to investigate the efficiency of green walls in treating greywater. The analysis will consider different mixtures of conventional and innovative materials as growing media, and it will identify the most efficient green wall configurations in terms of treatment efficiency. The proposed approach will represent a sustainable greywater treatment technical solution characterized by low energy requirements and much less space demanding than other natural treatment options.
Attività di ricerca per la caratterizzazione idraulica del sito TELT, previsto in località di Salbertrand, al fine di monitorare il meso-habitat di piante acquatiche in zone umide, (2020-2021) - Responsabile Scientifico