Part of our vision at Glanua includes transforming waste into valuable resources and establishing a sustainable circular economy in the water industry.
We were delighted to have our Innovation Manager, Fabio Bacci participate in a panel discussion at the CircBioCityWaste Project workshop at the University of Limerick, where the topic was Transforming Urban Wastes into Agriculture Fertilisers and Value-added Products.
The CircBioCityWaste Project revolves around the ‘circular bioeconomy’ principle, aiming to revolutionise the use of sludge from municipal and dairy processing, along with organic waste from black bins. The ultimate goal is to create a sustainable system producing biofertilisers, clean energy, and organic acids for farming while being environmentally friendly and economically viable.
During the discussion, Aoife Kyne from Uisce Eireann discussed their plan for handling wastewater sludge over the next 25 years, with a focus on having five centralised sludge hub centres to deliver a sustainable and standardised approach to managing sludge.
As a delivery partner of Uisce Eireann, Glanua offered their view on the application of circularity within the scope of their value chain. The recovery and refinement of resources from water treatment processes is an emerging sector of the economy and technologies are evolving. Glanua’s goal is to innovate its water treatment offerings to utilise recovered material within the plant, thus also reducing unnecessary carbon footprint by haulage.
Everyone agreed that collaboration is the best way to achieve sustainable innovation, and that changing consumer and producer behaviour will be essential in creating more circularity in the sector.
Thanks to Catriona Power FRSA for facilitating a great discussion with Fabio Bacci PhD C.WEM, Glanua , Aoife Kyne, Uisce Éireann Irish Water, Pauline McDonagh, Southern Waste Region, and Dr. James J. Leahy, Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Limerick.