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CIRCULAR WAYS - Promoting circular approaches in wastewater treatment | Verona (and online), 29 June, 09:00-12:00

29 June 2023 09:00–12:00


Aqua Publica Europea is pleased to invite you to our next public seminar:

Circular Ways: Promoting Circular Approaches in Wastewater Treatment

The event will take place in person in Verona's Biblioteca Capitolare (Piazza Duomo 19, 37121 Verona) and online.

Wastewater treatment processes are essential to avoid that the water we discharge into the environment after domestic or industrial use deteriorates the ecological status of Europe’s rivers, seas, and eco-systems.

Adopting circular approaches to wastewater treatment provides real opportunities to achieve societal objectives on waste minimisation, sustainable agriculture, and energy generation, with clear environmental (and geo-political) benefits.

However, the shift to circularity requires a complex combination of appropriate regulatory framework, new technologies, and effective coordination between different sectors and stakeholders.

In light of the current revision of the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (UWWTD) and the publication of the evaluation of the Sewage Sludge Directive, this seminar will explore the conditions to reach the right mix through insightful contributions from water operators, policymakers, and stakeholders.




08:30-09:00     Welcome Coffee

09:00-09:15     Welcome Addresses

Bernard Van Nuffel – President, Aqua Publica Europea & VIVAQUA

Roberto Mantovanelli – President, Acque Veronesi

Session I – Circular Perspectives

09:15-09:30     Evolution of the EU Legislative Framework on Wastewater and Sludge

Nele-Frederike Rosenstock – Policy Officer, Marine Environment and Clean Water Services, DG Environment, European Commission [online]

09:30-10:30     Circular approaches: A European Outlook

Jon Rathjen – Deputy Director, Water Policy & DECC Operations, Scottish Government

Gudrun Winkler – Senior Advisor, Management Systems and Technology, Hamburg Wasser [online]

Paolo Giandon – Director, Department for Environment and Ecological Transition, Veneto Region

10:30-10:45     Coffee Break

Session II – Circular Drive

10:45-11:00     EU Research and Innovation Priorities for Circularity in the Water Sector

Bertrand Vallet – Policy Officer, Circular Economy & Biobased Systems Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

11:00-11:30     Promising Innovations to Enhance Circularity: Examples from APE Members

Enrico Pezzoli – President, Como Acqua

Marco Blazina – Head of Operations, MM

11:30-12:00     Panel Discussion: Conditions to Accelerate Circular Approaches in the Water Sector

Bertrand Vallet – European Commission

Veronica Santoro – European Sustainable Phosphorous Platform

Prof David Bolzonella – University of Verona

12:00    Conclusive Remarks

Roberto Mantovanelli – President, Acque Veronesi

Interpretation service: French, English and Italian

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