Policy implications

The planned actions of the LIFE BIOAs project will contribute to the implementation of the following EU directives:

  • Directive 2000/60/EC (Water Framework Directive): this directive describes a framework for the development and implementation of programs aimed at enhancing the quality of any water source. The project will furnish a new water treatment technology that can be applied for the safeguard of every water body.
  • Directive 2020/2184/EC: Drinking Water Directive: the main objective of this Directive is to protect human health from the adverse effects of any contamination of water intended for human consumption. The project will contribute by the development and demonstration of innovative technology for the reduction of arsenic concentration in tap water at levels lower than the EU limit.

  • Directive 96/61/CE (integrated pollution prevention and control): the main objective of this directive is to prevent or to reduce emissions in the air, water and land from several different industrial activities. This project will furnish a new and cheaper technology able to facilitates the removal of arsenic and other pollutants from industrial effluents, allowing a further minimization of pollutants emission in the environment.

  • Directive 2008/98/EC (Waste Framework Directive): the basic objectives of current EU waste policy are to prevent waste and promote re-use, recycling and recovery so as to reduce the negative environmental impact. The project aims to avoid olive oil pomace disposal demonstrating how it can be transformed in a product with high added value for the removing of arsenic from drinking water.
  • Directive 2020/741/UE (Minimum requirements for water reuse): it establishes harmonized parameters to ensure safe water reuse in agricultural irrigation, with the aim of encouraging this practice and helping to address droughts and water scarcity. From the process for the production of bio-adsorbents developed and validated in the project, an aqueous by-product is obtained which can be reused for field irrigation.

The planned actions of the LIFE BIOAs project will contribute to the implementation of the following ONU objectives  for a Sustainable Development for the Agenda 2030:

SDG

Description

LIFE BIOAs project contribution

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

  • Gender equality.

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

  • Universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
  • Improve water quality by reducing pollution.
  • Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water.

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

  • Creation of jobs.
  • Decent work and economic growth, the consortium promotes the generation of full and productive employment for all, contributing to the reduction of the unemployment rate.

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

  • Development of sustainable industry.
  • Resilient infrastructures.

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

  • Efficient use of natural resources.
  • Less wastes produced.
  • Less energy consumption.

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

  • Reduction kg eq. of CO2 emitted, consequently improving air quality in European cities and rural areas.

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

  • Avoid the contamination of the soil using the wastewater produced by the bio-adsorbent production process and consequently the ecosystems present will not be altered and at the same time both the contamination of aquifers intended for human use and an improper consumption of water which could be destined for treatment of purification.