LIFE Vertalim in few facts

  • What? Analyse the environmental and economic impacts of the urban water cycle.
  • How? Life cycle thinking perspective.
  • Why? Support decision making to Improve eco-efficiency of urban water cycle.
  • Where? Medium and small cities of the Mediterranean and Atlantic Spanish coast.
  • When? 3-years project: From July 2016 to December 2019.
  • How much? With a total budget of 1.958.998 € and the support of the LIFE+ European financial instrument. (56% of the total budget).

The European initiative LIFE VERTALIM is intended to alleviate the problem of the impact caused by discharges to the collector from fish canning companies through the controlled integration of their wastewater into the urban sanitation system.

One of the fundamental aspects of this project is that it has managed to bring together all the agents involved in this problem: canning companies, water management entities and administrations, to achieve a comprehensive solution allowing joint management of the sustainable management of a limited resource as Is the water.

  • It is an innovative proposal whose objective is the search and demonstration of an integrated solution (technical, legislative and environmental) for the reduction in origin and the controlled integration of the spills of small canners in the urban sanitation system.
  • Through clean and eco-efficient production in enterprises and through low-cost actions, 30% of cane effluent discharges into the environment will be eliminated at source, a reduction of 10% in protein loss Increase in productivity by 1%.
  • Implementation of a remote management system in the sanitation network that will allow the remote and intelligent management of the different discharges, urban and industrial, based on the modeling of the operation of the Collector Network and the WWTP in different landfill scenarios.
  • The demonstration test of the project will be carried out in the Lea-Artibai area, although the results will be extrapolated to the entire canning industry in Europe.