Agbar to implement eco-factories in new upstream sanitation management contract for 11 municipalities on the Costa Brava

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The winning bid in the Consorcio de Aguas Costa Brava Girona tender procedure includes a commitment to the circular economy model, based on the reuse of water, energy self-sufficiency and zero waste. An eco-factory is a resource factory governed by the principles of the circular economy. It covers 100% of its energy needs with its own resources based on biogas from sludge from the water treatment process, and solar energy from solar panels with a zero balance of energy dependence and CO2 emissions. The eco-factory also gives wastewater a second life by implementing treatments that allow it to be reused for environmental purposes, thus reducing water abstractions.

The Consorcio de Aguas Costa Brava Girona has awarded Agbar, the integrated urban water cycle and environmental services management company, a contract for the operation, maintenance and conservation of the upstream sanitation installations of 11 municipalities on the Costa Brava: Palamós, Palafrugell, Mont-ras, Vall-llobrega, Calonge, Castell – Platja d’Aro, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Santa Cristina d’Aro, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Blanes, which were included in Lot 2 of the tender procedure.

This three-year contract confirms Agbar’s position as a leader in the provision of water treatment services and upstream sanitation management on the Costa Brava. The upstream network comprises subsea outfalls, sewers, pumping stations and wastewater treatment plants. The contract entered into effect April 1st.

The innovative Agbar proposal that secured the Consorcio de Aguas Costa Brava Girona contract is based 100% on the eco-factory model and, therefore, on the circular economy paradigm, in line with the roadmap set out in the 2030 Agenda for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

An eco-factory is a resource factory governed by the principles of the circular economy. It covers 100% of its energy needs with its own resources based on biogas from sludge from the water treatment process, and solar energy from solar panels with a zero balance of energy dependence and CO2 emissions. The eco-factory also gives wastewater a second life by implementing treatments that allow it to be reused for environmental purposes, thus reducing water abstractions

The aim is to have zero environmental impact, through the implementation of a circular strategy in the management of the urban water cycle, energy self-sufficiency and zero waste.

A clear example of this commitment to the circular economy is the production of green energy. Microturbines and photovoltaic panels will be implemented to generate 30% of the energy consumed in the treatment plants. This green energy will enable a reduction in CO2 emissions of 288 tonnes per annum, the equivalent of the annual energy consumption of 549 households.

The actions to be undertaken by Agbar in the management of sanitation in these municipalities on the Costa Brava are structured around 6 pillars: digitisation, green energy, sustainability, energy efficiency, environment and social pact.