Since 2007, the Water Research Institute of the University of Barcelona organizes an annual symposium on topics of current interest within their areas of activity. In this edition of 2012, the topic under discussion was focused on bio-waste and sludge and particularly, in the sludge generated by waste water purification. The generation of sludge is a remarkable issue on environmental management within the European Union. EU sludge production has been estimated to reach 12.8 million tons in 2020. The development of treatment processes to remove, reduce or reuse sludge to dispose it as by-product is crucial for a proper environmental management. On the other hand, there is a need to upgrade or establish national and international sludge regulations to determine the physical, chemical and microbiological properties which are necessary for an appropriate derivation of sludge. This Symposium has presented the state of the national and European regulation, as well as the traditional sludge treatments and some of the developing new sludge treatments.
Department of Microbiology
School of Biology, University of Barcelona
Date: October 5th, 2012
School of Law, University of Barcelona
Av Diagonal, 684
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Notice: The certificates of registration received before October 2th, will be delivered the day of the Symposium. People who register for the event after this date may contact us to pick up the certificate at the Institute office.
The Symposium has been broadcast live on Channel UBTV
CEN activities and EU strategies and current developments on bio-waste and sewage sludge. - Download
Mr. Christophe Bonnin.
Chair of the CENTC 308 (Characterization of sludge) and member of the AFNOR Water Cycle Strategic Committee.
Presentation situation of the management and rules about bio-waste and sludge in Spain. - Download
Sra. Gema Gonzalo.
Technical Section Chief of Subdirección General de Residuos. Dirección General de Calidad y Evaluación Ambiental y Medio Natural. Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente.
Biowaste and sludge management in Catalonia. - Download
Sr. Marc Moliner.
Director of the Unitat de Biosòlids. Departament d'Explotació de Sistemes de Sanejament. Agència Catalana de l'Aigua. Generalitat de Catalunya.
ROUTES: Novel processing routes for effective sewage sludge management. An ongoing EU project. - Download
Dr. Giuseppe Minnini.
Co-digestion systems for sludge in a wastewater treatment plant. - Download
Sr. Àngel Freixó.
Director of SISLtech.
Use of WWTP sludge to produce Technosols for the rehabilitation of degraded lands. - Download
Prof. Josep M. Alcañiz.
Centre de Recerca ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF).