• Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • 10:00 - 18:00
  • Memo
  • Ravezzi 2 South Hall
  • Franco Cecchi Full professor of Chemical Engineering at the Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, Italy

Organized by Ecomondo Technical Scientific Committee, in collaboration with  DG Research & Innovation Unit F2 - Bio-based products and processing (TBC), ASSOBIOTEC, H2020 RES URBIS Project and H2020 SMART PLANT Project

In a "Circular Economy" approach, the integrated management of different organic material flows of waste arising in urban areas, may allow their valorization, through both the recovery of material resources (nitrogen and phosphorus) and the development of new bio-based materials and/or biofuels. In particular, the integration of the treatment of municipal organic waste with the civil wastewater and related sewage sludge may allow the optimal use of available technologies (e.g. by allowing to reach an adequate treatment capacity even for medium-small local frames and/or by exploiting any reactor volumes that are already available in the sludge lines) as well as it can accelerate the development of emerging technologies, especially towards bio-products with higher added value. These innovative technology chains can go to graft on processes already applied as the combined production of compost and biogas. Nor it should be excluded a possible integration with thermal processes, to broaden the spectrum of added-value products. In addition, an integrated management of secondary organic streams of urban origin could be extended to include other waste such as those arising by agro-industrial sector and the large retail and wholesale, which have similar compositions and often originate in peri-urban area. Of course, this integrated management requires to address not only the technical and economic aspects, but also the protection of human health and safety and the environmental sustainability, which eventually call for the definition of new "end of waste criteria" that need to be adequate for the new technological chains and new bio-materials and bio-products. This approach appears to be fundamental to create the necessary interaction, in a perspective B2B, between the sectors of the "waste / wastewater management" on one hand and downstream segments of the production and placement of "bio-based products (eg, the sectors of the bioplastics and biolubricants) on the other one. Nor should we neglect the key role of local authorities and industry associations, starting from the stages of technological development and setting of market strategies.

Targeted Audience: private and public Companies of the sectors of Waste and/or Water Management, companies in the Bio-industries sectors (eg. Bioplastics), local and regional Public Authorities, Company Associations.

Preliminary program


SESSION I: Some advanced experiences/projects of waste / wastewater management in European areas

Section Chair:

Mauro Majone (Sapienza University of Rome) and Paolo Pavan (University of Venice ‘Ca Foscari)


10.00-10.15 'Urban biowaste to biobased products: capturing the value of urban biowaste resources'; 

Andrea Accorigi (DG Research & Innovation Unit F2)

10.15-10.30 Two full-scale experiences of integrated treatment of municipal wastewater and solid organic fraction as examples of anaerobic co-digestion territorial approach”;

Franco Cecchi, University of Verona

10.30-10.45 “Integrated management in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona”;

Juan Carlos Fernandez Valles, Area Metropolitana de Barcelona

10.45-11.00 The "South Wales cluster";

Alan Guwy, University of South Wales

11.00-11.15 “Project Wcycle: Transition of Urban Region into Circular Economy”

Igor Kos, Maribor Mayors Cabinet and the Institute Wcycle Maribor

11.15-11.30 The CAP-CORE Integrated Bioplatform to create an innovation hub for the treatment of sewage sludge and of the organic municipal solid waste in the frame of Circular Economy

Andrea Lanuzza, Gruppo CAP

11.30-11.45 Discussion

SESSION II: Approaches and technologies emerging from research and innovation

(Session organized by Ecomondo Technical Scientific Committee, with presentations of ongoing National or European Research and Innovation Projects, by the respective Coordinators)


Section Chairs:

Franco Cecchi, University of Verona

Giuseppe Mininni, CNR


11.45-12.00 RESources from URban Bio-waSte – The RES URBIS project;

Mauro Majone, Sapienza University of Rome.

12.00-12.15 NoAW : No Agro-Waste - Innovative approaches to turn agricultural waste into ecological and economic assets;

Nathalie Gontard, Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

12.15-12.30 Scale-up of low-carbon footprint MAterial Recovery Techniques for upgrading existing wastewater treatment Plants - SMART-Plant;

Francesco Fatone, Polytechnic University of Marche

12.30-12.45 Directions and perspectives of advanced sludge management in the EU

Giuseppe Mininni, CNR

12.45-13.15 Discussion

SESSION III: Industrial experiences of valorization of secondary flows

Session organized in collaboration with ASSOBIOTEC


Section Chairs:

Mario Bonaccorso, ASSOBIOTEC

Mauro Majone, Sapienza University of Rome


14.15-14.30 Alessandro Carfagnini, Sabio srl (TBC)

14.30-14.45 Mixed culture polyhydroxyalkanoate production experience: Insights on qualities for market Potential

Alan Werker Promiko AB

14.45-15.00 Urban Biorefinery PERSEO Bioethanol®: Bioethanol, bioproducts and bioenergy from Organic Municipal Solid Waste

Caterina Coll Lozano, IMECAL

15.00-15.15 The chemical recycling of residual waste: an industrial-scale case study of a transition to a circular economy”

Alex Miles, ENERKEM

15.15-15.30 FATER spa (TBC)

15.30-16.00 Discussion


SESSION IV: How to Close the Circle (if one segment handles with urban waste)

Hot spots on methodologies and their peculiarities when having an urban waste at hand

Section Chairs:

David Newman, World Biogas Association

Giuseppe Mininni, CNR


16.00-16.15 The Life Cycle Assessment

Alessio Boldrin, Danish Technical University

16.15-16.30 Waste “cost” and business models

Fabiana Fantinel, InnoEXC

16.30-16.45 “End of waste” criteria for novel waste-based products

David Bolzonella, Verona University

16.45-17.00 The social perception of waste-based end-use goods: integrating the consumer in the closed loop supply chain strategy

Ivan Russo, Verona University 

17.00-18.00 Round Table with invited speakers and discussion with the floor

Other invited presentations will be displayed in a poster session and discussed during the round table on invitation (their list will follow soon).


Discussion and Closure


EN/IT translation will be provided