Project Details


• Establish a baseline of resource intensity (chemicals, power, equipment) of water and wastewater services and examine ways to reduce this in line with circular economy principles
• Building on existing examples, define and map circular economy opportunities against the range of possible resources that are contained within typical wastewater and water streams, nature-based systems and wider asset base.
• Identify the established technologies, feasibilities and innovations required to recover the resources and consider the implications of recovery on downstream processes
• Consider the costs, benefits and landscape of opportunity and optimum hierarchy of resource recovery and reuse
• Develop the roadmap to enable creation of resource factories at wastewater treatment works, taking account of: (i) the potential economic scale for resource recovery and where it may be achievable in our wastewater system; and (ii) market and regulatory enablers that need to be in place
• Determine social / customer / stakeholder interaction and behaviours required to move towards circular economy adoption
Short titleHydronation RLF Circular Economy
StatusNot started

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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