Brussels, August 21, 2023. From Finnova, we seize the opportunity of World Water Week 2023 to emphasize the importance of continuously strengthening commitments related to the sustainable use of water resources and the enhancement of sanitation in our local communities.
In alignment with this mission, Sustainable Development Goal number 6 (SDG 6) stands as a fundamental guide, aiming to ensure accessible and sustainable water and sanitation for all by the year 2030. This objective goes beyond the mere provision of drinking water and sanitation services; it is about safeguarding both human health and livelihoods while addressing and reversing the undeniable impacts of climate change.
In this endeavor, multilateral collaboration plays a crucial role. According to the latest UN World Water Development Report 2023, the insufficient rate of progress in water and sanitation underscores the need for improved partnerships and cooperation. The successful realization of SDG 6 goals demands a convergence of efforts and knowledge from various stakeholders. Only through active and coordinated cooperation can we forge comprehensive solutions that effectively tackle the challenges inherent in sustainable water and sanitation management.
Image: Sustainable Development Goal 6 – United Nations’ 2030 Agenda
It is precisely for this reason that today, from the Finnova Foundation, we join this call to action for a future where water becomes a source of life and prosperity for all.
We also wish to extend our sincere gratitude to all our stakeholders and partners. Thanks to their invaluable contribution and commitment, we can continue our work in supporting European projects within the LIFE Programme, such as LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0, which is contributing to the sustainable use of water through the generation of biogas in wastewater treatment plants.
About LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0
LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 is a pilot demonstration project, funded by LIFE Programme and with a budget of more than 970,000 EUR, which generates biogas in sewage treatment plant digesters by mixing putrescible organic waste (slurry, poultry, organic fractions, MSW, horeca, etc.), thus transforming sewage sludge into green energy through technology. The initiative led by Global Omnium, (Spain), in collaboration with the Finnova Foundation (Belgium) and Águas do Centro Litoral (Portugal) aims to become the most versatile digestion control tool on the market, achieving environmental and economic benefits through the production of biogas by making optimal use of waste. Thanks to this technology, it favours the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the use of sewage sludge generated in wastewater treatment processes, thus achieving a positive impact on the environment. This programme is easily scalable with other funds such as FEDER, NextGenerationEU or Repower EU.
About Finnova Foundation
Finnova is the Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels and Spain, working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU. Finnova’s experience in leading communication and dissemination activities for European projects is combined with a proven track record in business creation and entrepreneurship support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and events, as well as its commitment to training and employability of young people.
About World Water Week 2023
In 2023, World Water Week is celebrated online from August 20th to 24th, as well as in-person in Stockholm (Stockholm City Conference Centre) under the theme “Seeds of Change: Innovative Solutions for a Wise Water-Usage World.”
Online registration is free, and you can do it here.