waste water

A new study points to the risks of polluting discharges arising from vessels as a result of new Sulphur emissions directive. In a response to the EU Sulphur Directive that came into effect at the beginning of 2015 in the North Sea and Channel region, shipping companies have been looking at ways to reduce the Sulphur based emissions from heavy fuel oil that have traditionally been burnt by ships.  The new directive requires ships operating in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel to use marine fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1% now.

The association of Europe’s drinking water and wastewater service operators has called on the European Commission to add water to the scope of its work on the circular economy. EurEau stated that the Sewage Sludge Directive (86/278/EEC) (SSD) already gives a special status to sewage sludge by creating a distinction from waste.

However, according to the report on the consultation for the revision of the SSD2 published in 2010, only 39% of sewage sludge is recycled into agriculture in the EU.

Recovering materials from the effluents of wastewater treatment plants and converting them into valuable bioplastics for industrial uses is now a reality. The first biopolymers have now been produced by the Aquiris prototype. The various pilot components were fully incorporated into the existing facilities without any modification of operating processes. Leveraging this initial success, Aquiris is now working to fine-tune the process and optimize the biopolymer characteristics to ensure that they match the requirements of potential industrial customers.