Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
European Biosolids & Bioresources Conference
Celebrating it’s 25th year, this industry-leading
conference provides an essential annual update on the latest
innovations, best practice, cutting-edge technology and research in the
wastewater and resource management industries.
Now that AMP7 is underway, the UK water industry is striving to meet
Ofwat’s challenging final determinations, which will require it to do
more with less: reducing customers’ bills whilst meeting tighter
With £200million being made available to stimulate innovation, we can
expect to see a renewed focus on sludge processing and associated value
chains – but we may also see a slew of initiatives prompted by
COVID-19. What opportunities might there be to increase remote
operability or to set up a future pandemic early warning system through
strategic sludge testing?
Alongside these operational challenges, the Environment Agency is
taking a close look at regulation of both treatment and land application
of biosolids – which could provide clarity around co-processing, even
if compliance costs continue to impose a significant economic barrier.
It remains to be seen whether closer regulatory alignment between the
sludge and biowaste sectors leads to meaningful cross-sector
collaboration on thorny issues such as microplastics.
These topics and more will be addressed at the 2020 European Biosolids and Bioresources’ conference in Newcastle.