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Telefónica Tech and Contazara deploy 130,000 smart meters for Canal de Isabel II

Telefónica Tech and Contazara deploy 130,000 smart meters for Canal de Isabel II

European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate...

European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions

ACCIONA launches its “smart city” model in Toro (Zamora, Spain)

ACCIONA and the City Council of Toro, located in the province of Zamora (north-western Spain), have implemented a real-time sensor-based monitoring system for the city’s main urban services, making Toro one of the most...

NGOs and aviation sector call for long-haul emissions to be covered by EU’s Sustainable...

NGOs and aviation sector call for long-haul emissions to be covered by EU’s Sustainable Aviation Fuels mandate

TheCircularLab launches first circular economy startups map

In recent years, concern for the environment and the search for a more responsible and sustainable model of society for the planet, based on what is known as the circular economy, have come to...

ACCIONA digitalizes the Andratx (Mallorca) water supply network

ACCIONA, empresa prestadora de los servicios de distribución de agua potable y saneamiento en Andratx (Mallorca), ha llevado a cabo la digitalización de la red de abastecimiento del municipio, así como la instrumentación de la red, y las conexiones de servicio de los abonados mediante Sistemas de Información Geográfica (GIS).

ACCIONA will monitor 220 points in the river basin of the Guadalquivir Water Board...

ACCIONA has been awarded the contract for the maintenance and conservation of the Automatic Water Information Networks (SAIH-SAICA-ROEA) of the Guadalquivir Water Board (CHG) through a joint venture with Schneider Electric and Solutia. The...

Machines that reward recycling begin to be deployed in Spain

From today, Spain has machines in operation which will provide rewards each time they are used to recycle cans and plastic beverage bottles. When citizens deposit these items in the machines, not only will...

FCC Medio Ambiente winner of the EBAE Awards 2019/2020 for its 100%-electric, industrial chassis-platform...

  The award ceremony, that took place in the "Rastro Madrid" location, was chaired by His Majesty the King Felipe VI, who emphasized in his message that this award shows the commitment of Spanish companies,...

The 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns takes transformation forward

The 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns – “Mannheim2020”, taking place online from 30th September – 2nd October, will address the socio-economic and socio-cultural challenges associated with accelerating the transformation to sustainability and climate neutrality....

Government sends first Climate Change and Energy Transition Bill to Parliament, seeking to achieve...

On the proposal of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO), the Spanish Cabinet sent the first draft of the Climate Change and Energy Transition Bill (PLCCTE) to the Spanish Parliament on...

Case Study: How the Nosedo WWTP increased hydraulic capacity thanks to digital intelligence

This was added to in 2019 by another equally great or even greater milestone. Since last year, the plant has implemented digital intelligence to optimise its operation. Public services company Metropolitana Milanese SpA decided...

Technology against climate change. ACCIONA’s solutions for more efficient management of water resources

To deal with them, the solutions offered by ACCIONA in the field of water management play a crucial role. Desalination, potabilization, treatment and end-to-end management of services with an added value component: technology. “Digital” desalination:...

European Commission adopts a new Circular Economy Action Plan – one of the main...

With measures along the entire life cycle of products, the new Action Plan aims to make our economy fit for a green future, strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights...

Canal de Isabel II and Madrid Smart Region: Innovating for citizens

By the end of 2020, Canal de Isabel II will have implemented remote reading for 175,000 water meters and the company’s mass deployment plan envisages extending this to a million and a half meters...

Summit for Global Sport Leaders to Build Ambition Ahead of COP26

  The Sport Positive Summit 17-18 March at Wembley Stadium in London is taking place in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26), in collaboration with UN Climate Change (UNFCCC)...

#EUGreenDeal: Billion-euro plan for European ecological transition

While all Member States, regions and sectors will need to contribute to the transition, the scale of the challenge is not the same. Some regions will be particularly affected and will undergo a profound...

European Commission presents EU Green Deal, a roadmap to make the continent climate-neutral by...

The European Commission yesterday presented the European Green Deal, a set of initiatives that will be launched progressively by the Commission in the coming years with a view to making Europe the first continent to achieve...

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR RECYCLING

Sadako uses state of the art Deep Learning and Computer Vision technology to detect objects in very complex waste streams, in real time, today being the eyes and brain of urban waste robotic sorter...

FCC Environment winner of the World Smart City Awards in the Innovative Idea category

This 100% electric platform chassis has been developed by a consortium led by FCC Environment and Irizar group, and funded by European Funds in the framework of the programme CIEN by CDTI (Centre for...

New Allison Transmission-equipped Mercedes-Benz Actros NGT with CNG engine launched at Municipalia

  At the Municipalia International Exhibition of Municipal Equipment and Services, it was once again demonstrated that Allison’s fully automatic transmissions form an excellent combination with CNG engines. At the event, held on October 22,...

ACCIONA and SIEMENS consolidate their alliance to develop water projects

SIEMENS and ACCIONA have renewed the agreement whereby both companies became EPC partners for the water industry. This certificate ratifies that ACCIONA is fully committed to the most advanced engineering tools and technologies, giving it...

Siemens and Grundfos sign digital partnership to tackle global water challenges and save energy

The new partnership focuses on the complementary products and solutions provided by both parties in three main areas: water and wastewater applications, industrial automation and building technology. By combining their complementary expertise and knowledge in...

BLOCKCHAIN APPLIED TO THE WASTE MANAGEMENT SECTOR

Waste generation rates, finding appropriate destinations to ensure correct waste management, and currently implemented waste treatment methods are all areas where there is great room for improvement. The current waste and refuse treatment model does...

Recycling 5.0 – innovation and technology at the service of citizens

According to Eurostat, Spain has the sixth highest packaging recycling rate in Europe, ahead of France and Portugal, a fact which highlights the obvious success of the current Spanish recycling management model. Nonetheless, despite...

GoAigua technology increases water efficiency by 85% with revolutionary tele-reading system

The implementation of the latest generation of tele-reading technology, and work in the areas of sectorization and leak location, has allowed Global Omnium, through GoAigua technology, to increase the efficiency of water networks by...

By today, humanity will have used all the resources that nature can replenish in...

 On July 29, humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability organization that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint. The Ecological Footprint adds up all of people’s...

DINAPSIS: THE REVOLUTIONARY URBAN MANAGEMENT MODEL

  We live in a time of change thanks to digital transformation, a revolutionary process that has now made inroads into all areas of day-to-day life. Digitisation has opened up myriad possibilities for the enhancement...

EUR 10 billion to support the Circular Economy in the EU

  Five European national promotional banks & institutions and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched today in Luxembourg the Joint Initiative on Circular Economy to support the development and implementation of circular economy projects and programmes in...

RENEWABLE GAS PLANT IN SPAIN FOR TRANSPORT FUEL PRODUCTION

  This renewable gas plant was built within the framework of the Life Methamorphosis project, which has the objective of demonstrating innovative technologies. The project is coordinated by Aqualia and the project consortium is made...

ACCIONA starts a plan to improve the efficiency and management of the end-to-end water...

With the aim of improving service quality and client satisfaction, ACCIONA has implemented a project to optimize the management of the end-to-end water cycle that has already led to major environmental benefits in its...

PLASTICIRCLE OR HOW TO CLOSE THE LIGHT PLASTIC PACKAGING LOOP

  The district of Sant Marcel·lí in Valencia is the scenario for the first PlastiCircle pilot study. From May to October of this year, residents can participate in this initiative, which aims to foster the...

DIGITISATION A KEY LEVER FOR THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The world population is expected to increase by 2,200 million in just 30 years. This means that the population will grow from the current figure of 7,600 million to 9,800 by 2050. Two thirds...

GoAigua wins the 2019 Digital Water Prize from Water Europe

The award jury for the digital water category valued valued the GoAigua platform as an innovative solution that responds to the real needs of the market, capable of valuing water resources and promoting a...

WIM: THE IOT PLATFORM FOR INDUSTRIAL WATER MANAGMENT & CONTROL

Wastewater generated by human activity is now a serious problem and one of the most important sources of contamination of our rivers and aquifers. Increasingly large volumes of wastewater with high pollutant loads make...

THE CHALLENGE OF DIGITAL WATER MANAGEMENT

  The water sector has the great advantage of being in a position to implement lessons learnt by other sectors, such as gas and electricity, in the process of digital transformation, thereby reaping the benefits of...

European Commission promotes circular economy and green partnerships in Mexico

Yesterday and today an EU delegation led by EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella visited Mexico to promote the circular economy, resource efficiency and sustainable and inclusive growth in the...

Innovation in remote reading systems

Water meter network management is of key importance in adapting to the new needs and challenges of smart cities. The capacity to globally manage information from the remote Reading network and the expertise to...

Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and...

Today, the Commission published the second Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), part of its initiative launched in 2016 to improve the implementation of European environmental policy and commonly agreed rules in all EU Member States. Implementing EU...

Valoriza Environment develops an energy efficiency software for 100% electric waste collecting vehicles

Valoriza Environment has acquired a 100% electric truck within the Gordon research project, which develops a software to maximize the collection of waste with a sustainable fleet. Valoriza Environment has acquired a 100% electric truck...

Ecoembes launches Reciclaje 5.0. a recycling project that enables citizens to connect mobile phones...

  TheCircularLab, Ecoembes circular economy innovation centre, has presented a pioneering environmental care initiative in Barcelona: the “Reciclaje 5.0” project. Through this initiative, and thanks to the collaboration of the Catalan Government, the organisation is seeking...

China to host World Environment Day 2019 on air pollution

Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific. World Environment Day 2019 will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come...

Madrid’s three public universities to set up Circular Economy Innovation Centre

Under the terms of the memorandum, the City Council and the three academic institutions have committed to the development of a common sustainability strategy for the city of Madrid. This will have impacts on...

Region of Murcia Circular Economy Strategy contains 51 measures and envisages investment of 510.4...

The Region of Murcia Circular Economy Strategy has a total of 51 measures, structured in 8 pillars of action. Total investment in the strategy between 2019 and 2025 will amount to 510.4 million euro and...

United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Katowice calls for urgent measures

The guidelines will provide clarity on how to implement the landmark agreement fairly and transparently for all. Specifically, they will strengthen international cooperation by ensuring that national contributions to the global effort are transparent, responsibility...

Oslo was selected as the “2019 European Green Capital”

The fact that the city receives such a prestigious award granted by the European Commission, is the result of years of hard work in developing green technology and innovation that are allowing the city...

Circular economy could reduce industrial emissions and waste by up to 99% in some...

  Re-thinking how we manufacture industrial products and deal with them at the end of their useful life could provide breakthrough environmental, social and economic benefits, according to new research from the International Resource Panel. If...

European Commission has put forward an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular...

In a world of finite biological resources and ecosystems, an innovation effort is needed to feed people, and provide them with clean water and energy. The bioeconomy can turn algae into fuel, recycle plastic,...

KSB launches new app to simplify pump operation

The new KSB FlowManager app can be used to operate and configure the PumpDrive 2 and PumpDrive 2 Eco variable speed systems. It can also be used to adjust the fixed speed of MyFlow Drive to...

Urbaser optimises efficient waste management with Microsoft Azure IoT

  Urbaser is continually working on transforming its services through the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies. The company implements information and communications technology (ICT) associated with the concept of the Smart City, in line with its...

Vodafone, Contazara and Canal De Isabel II join to develop intelligent reading of water...

Vodafone, Contazara and Canal de Isabel II has announced the launch of a project for the remote intelligent meter reading by the company responsible for the integral water cycle in the community of Madrid. The...

Lundstams invests in robotic sorting to increase resource recovery

Lundstams Återvinning AB, founded in 1949, provides modern-day waste management and environmental services to companies and municipalities in northern Sweden. Sustainability and the environment are in focus in the company’s daily operations. The robotic...

The European Environment Council adopted conclusions on delivering the EU action plan for the...

Yesterday, the Environment Council adopted conclusions on delivering the EU action plan for the circular economy. The Council reconfirmed the potential of the circular economy to achieve sustainable growth and to reduce the dependency...

Waste4Think, “Smart City” category winner in the Katerva Awards 2018

The Katerva awards were launched in 2011 in response to the need for a new breed of companies to show how innovation can be scaled for both business opportunities and global good. Led by resolute andindependent thinkers, these...

Volvo presents the Volvo FE Electric, a truck designed for heavy duty operations such...

The first Volvo FE Electric, a refuse truck with a superstructure developed together with Europe's leading refuse collection bodybuilder, Faun, will start operating in early 2019 in Germany's second-largest city, Hamburg. "Hamburg, which in 2011...

RASCO: LYNX compact sweeper

Here are some highlights of what can be seen at our stand this week: The centrepiece of our stand at this IFAT is without a doubt the LYNX compact sweeper. RASCO is no stranger to...

Barack Obama to participate in Circular Economy and Innovation summit in Madrid

Leading worldwide actors from areas of science, economics and sustainable development will attend the Circular Economy and Innovation summit. Over 1,000 Spanish participants from companies, community leaders, institutions and government will discuss the importance of this...

ZenRobotics Delivers Robots to a Fully Automated Industrial Waste Sorting Centre Switzerland

ZenRobotics Ltd. and Sogetri, part of the Helvetia Environnement Group, have agreed on a delivery of robotic waste sorting systems to a new state-of-the-art waste sorting facility that will be built on Sogetri’s existing site in Satigny,...

Experts Establish Blueprint to Gauge Impact of Climate Change on Cities

Experts have established a global blueprint to better understand climate change, its impacts on cities, and the critical role local authorities play in solving this challenge. Cities are responsible for some 75% of global CO2...

Sustainable finance: Commission’s Action Plan for a greener and cleaner economy

As our planet increasingly faces the unpredictable consequences of climate change and resource depletion, urgent action is needed to adapt to a more sustainable model. Around €180 billion of additional investments a year are...

BHS to Build Advanced Recycling System in South Carolina

South Carolina-based RePower South (RPS) has begun construction of the Berkeley County Recycling and Recovery Facility, which will be the most advanced Mixed Waste Processing facility on the East Coast. The turnkey recovery system...

Zanker Recycling chooses ZenRobotics for California

Zanker Recycling handles daily 2,600 tons of construction and demolition waste material, processed through three recycling systems. By purchasing a fourth processing line featuring ZenRobotics systems, Zanker Recycling will increase both recovery rate and...

Urbaser wins AEDIVE innovation award for developing first heavy-duty MSW collection vehicle

Urbaser has just received the AEDIVE-Santiago Losada 2017 innovation award for developing the first 100% electric heavy duty truck for the automatic selective collection of municipal solid waste. The panel of judges for this...

Ferrovial Services and Granada City Council to implement a dynamic municipal smart waste project

Ferrovial Services, in partnership with Granada City Council and Cisco, has implemented an urban laboratory in the city of Granada that is pioneering the application of data analysis to municipal services....

Member States to benefit from over €222 million investments for environment, nature and climate...

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €222 million from the EU budget to support Europe’s transition to more sustainable and low-carbon future under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate...

European BADGER project: Robot for urban environments

Participating in the project, which is coordinated by the UC3M Robotics Lab, are researchers from Germany, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom. Its goal is to develop an intelligent system for the autonomous excavation...

ACCIONA Agua has installed a novel virtual reality and augmented reality system in the...

New technologies are playing an indisputable role in every business sector, including the water industry.In recent years, technological improvements have led to a more efficient and optimised management of the water cycle.Aware of this...

Gold Coast Water Services Implement TaKaDu to Boost Network Efficiency

TaKaDu, a global leader in Integrated Event Management solutions for the water industry, announced today that Gold Coast Australia, covering an area of around 3,300km in South East Queensland, is incorporating TaKaDu’s solution into...

FCC celebrates the 25th anniversary of the LIFE programme with a practical demonstration of...

MethaMorphosis, which was selected by the prestigious European LIFE programme in support of actions to mitigate climate change, seeks to increase the production of biogas from the leachate resulting from the treatment of municipal...

Suez and Hidraqua inaugurate Dinapsis in Benidorm – the first innovation centre for sustainable...

This morning saw the inauguration in Benidorm of Dinapsis, the first innovation centre devoted to sustainable water and territorial management. Developed by Suez and Hidraqua, the centre is designed for the operation, development and...

UNFCCC Statement on the US Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement

The Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) regrets the announcement by the President of the United States that his government will withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement.The Secretariat...

Volvo Trucks and Renova launch self-driving refuse truck

Volvo Group’s autonomous refuse truck is designed to make the driving safer in built-up areas, not least when reversing. Sensors continuously monitor the vehicle’s vicinity and the truck stops immediately if an obstacle suddenly...

Ecoembes inaugurates Europe’s first circular economy innovation centre

FuturENVIRO was invited to the inauguration ceremony, which took place on May 17th in the presence of José Ignacio Ceniceros, President of the Regional Government of La Rioja; Cuca Gamarra, Mayoress of Logroño; María...

CI3 uses environmental monitoring system SMairT in the Living Lab

Environmental monitoring system SMairT SMairT is an environmental monitoring system which enables knowing about air quality indexes and creating a data cloud to control atmospheric pollution. This is done by using low cost devices that...

Max-AI™ technology is an artificial intelligence system that identifies recyclables and other items for...

For longer than a year and a half, Sadako team has joined forces with BHS and NRT experts to bring Max-AI to life. Max-AI™ technology is an artificial intelligence system that identifies recyclables and other...

The latest developments in Oman consolidate to Distromel in the Middle East

Distromel continues to implement solutions for the control of urban services in one of the areas of the fastest growing sector, Middle East. It is strengthened in the Asian market with the latest facilities...

GRDF, SUEZ and Sagemcom launch the WIZE Alliance to promote Industrial IoT networks

GRDF, SUEZ and Sagemcom are announcingthe creation ofthe WIZE Alliance,an open and non-profit association promoting an international standard for the Industrial Internet of Things. The association is bringing together major international players from the...

Acciona will provide water management services to 7 million people in Peru

Acciona Agua has been awarded a new contract for water management in Lima (Peru), for the preventive and predictive maintenance and evaluation of the potable water and sewerage systems in the southern part (Gerencia...

SEAT and Aqualia create the first 100% Spanish alternative fuel from waste water

SEAT and Aqualia have joined forces to develop the innovative SMART Green Gas project, which aims to obtain 100% Spanish origin, renewable biofuel from waste water to be used in compressed natural gas (CNG)...

Manresa and Sabadell pilot study cities for innovative European waste management project

UrbanWins is a new European project funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation. It will assess how cities consume resources and products, and how they dispose of the ensuing waste. The...

SUEZ creates the European Union’s first network of smart meter control centres

SUEZ Advanced Solutions Spain has just opened a Smart Metering Network Control Centre. This centre, located in the Ciutat de l’Aigua and dedicated to supervising smart metering networks and equipment in Iberia, allows the...

Spray Lining system to renovate Madrid water pipes

SUEZ Advanced Solutions implements Spray Lining is particularly appropriate for the repair of water supply lines in areas of heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic, or in any circumstances where the digging of trenches would...

New €3.8 million SuperBIO project to support industrial innovation within the EU bioeconomy

The EU bioeconomy in general comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials,...

FCC’s electric refuse collection vehicle ready for service

FCC Medio Ambiente has successfully completed the official trials and testing of its new municipal solid waste (MSW) collection truck. This engineering project, which implements electric and hybrid technology was carried out with the...

Sadako Technologies MSW robot separator wins award at Global Robot Expo

Barcelona-based company Sadako Technologies, creator of the Wall-B robot for the separation of municipal waste, won the award for start-ups at the Global Robot Expo, a trade fair devoted to robotics and related technologies....

EC adopts ambitious package of new circular economy measures backed by €6,150 M

EC adopts ambitious package of new circular economy measures backed by €6,150 M to boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth Today the European Commission adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to help...

Emasagra’s fleet now features electric vehicles powered by energy generated at one of its...

The Empresa Municipal de Aguas (Emasagra) has added three electric vehicles to its fleet. These vehicles are powered by electricity generated at the Southern Wastewater Treatment Plant (EDAR Sur) in Camino de Purchil, which,...

A new tool will allow city councils to choose sustainable urban furniture

The European project FUTURE, which is coordinated by AIMPLAS and counts on the collaboration of UJI, AIJU, the Valencia City Council throughout its Foundation InnDEA, and the European partners ACR+ and Koprivnika City Council,...

EMT buses to monitor air quality and pollen levels in Madrid

Buses belonging to the fleet of the EMT, Madrid’s municipal transport company, will soon have the capacity to monitor air quality, pollen levels and different meteorological parameters, thanks to the installation of micro-sensors. The...

Suez Water Spain supports the launch of Ôasys

The Ôasys device, an innovative domestic water control tool developed by the start-up of the same name promoted by Suez Water Spain, was launched on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. The aim is to raise...