Life Cycle Assessment

D52.2 Recommendations for impact

Based on the results from the environmental LCA, the economic LCC, the enabling and constraining factors for a successful technology implementation and Unique Selling Propositions, recommendations for the actual implementation of the technologies studied in WA1-4 were developed. This goal builds upon a synthesis of the efforts from the other work packages in WA5 and is tightly linked to the WA1-4 of the DEMEAU project through case studies. Therefore, clear responsibilities within WA5 for the coordination with other work areas had been established from the onset of the DEMEAU project.

D51.2 Final guidelines for sustainability assessment of water technologies

Nine micropollutant substances have been identified as high priority substances to be reported in all case studies based on their environmental relevance, coverage of chemical and physical properties, elimination rates by various technologies and existence of an analytical method to identify them. Characterization factors for the toxicity model USEtox® have been developed for all these substances based on the EPISuite v4.1 software for physico-chemical properties, data from project partners (EAWAG) for aquatic toxicity properties and a literature review for human toxic properties.

D51.1 Unique selling proposition

LCA was conducted for five different case studies in detail: Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) system near Barcelona (Sant Vicenc dels Horts, ES) for groundwater recharge, MAR system at Dunea (NL) for drinking water production, Automatic Neural Net Control System (ANCS) for membrane plant for backwash water treatment at WAG (GER), powdered activated carbon adsorption with subsequent ultrafiltration (PAC+UF) pilot plant in Basel (CH), and ozonation of WWTP effluent at Neugut (CH).

Upcoming Final Dissemination Events for June

In June, the DEMEAU project will hold its series of final dissemination events. To tailor the final events to the diverse stakeholders and interest groups of the project, the events will be held in a two part series. The first part, held in Zurich, Switzerland on June 17th and 18th, will be a Final Consortium Meeting and Utility Event. The second part, held at the annual WSsTP Conference in Brussels, Belgium, on June 24-26th will serve as a Final Policy Event. Agendas are forthcoming.

DEMEAU Animation: Dare to Drink? Emerging Pollutants in Our Water

Is your drinking water clean? Is it safe to drink? The animation illustrates what emerging pollutants are, how they enter water sources and what role individuals can take in improving the quality of their drinking water. The EU funded project DEMEAU demonstrates innovative technologies that address emerging pollutants.

Project Steering Board Meeting at KWR premises

The second annual Project Steering Board meeting of the FP7 project DEMEAU took place on May 19th and 20th at the premises of KWR Watercycle Research Institute in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. Project coordinator Theo van den Hoven welcomed the DEMEAU project members with a brief introduction of KWR, its services and activities and the scope and objectives of DEMEAU. Subsequently, the Work Area (WA) leaders had the opportunity to give a summarising overview of their work progress.

Drivers and Barriers to Implementation of DEMEAU Technologies

Recently the partners of Work Area (WA) 5 have published a report on perceived drivers and barriers for successful implementation of the four groups of technologies investigated in DEMEAU: Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR), Hybrid Ceramic Membrane Filtration (HCMF), Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) and Bioassays.  Stakeholders in six case studies were questioned about their view in order to highlight which aspects have enabled or constrained market uptake of the innovative technologies.

D52.1 Drivers and barriers for successful implementation of innovative DEMEAU technologies

This deliverable presents a multi-stakeholder assessment of implementation drivers and barriers throughout various subsequent stages of the innovation cycle. Enabling factors (drivers) and constraining factors (barriers) for the implementation of the four innovative DEMEAU technologies that form the core of Work Areas 1 to 4 are identified at four different analytical levels (contextual, inter-organizational, intra-organizational and individual level) from the perspectives of various stakeholders that are involved in six selected case studies.

Knowledge exchange: DEMEAU & other FP7 projects on LCA in Loeben

DEMEAU partners attended a workshop on methods of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for all EU-FP7 projects in Leoben (AT). LCA experts of 12 research projects exchanged ideas on LCA related topics and defined a common framework for environmental indicators to facilitate the comparability and reliability of outcomes of the environmental assessment.


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