Sustainable treatment of municipal waste water

Peter Augusto Hansen, Henrik Fred Larsen

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    Abstract

    The main goal of the EU FP6 NEPTUNE program is to develop new and improve existing waste water treatment technologies (WWTT) and sludge handling technologies for municipal waste water, in accordance with the concepts behind the EU Water Framework Directive. As part of this work, the project will develop and implement a methodology to compare and prioritize these technologies and optimizations based on a holistic approach. This will be achieved through the use of life cycle assessment (LCA) along with cost/efficiency analysis with focus on the effects of nutrients, pathogens and micropollutants (i.e. heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors) in the waste water. As a novel approach, the potential ecotoxicity and human toxicity impacts from a high number of micropollutants and the potential impacts from pathogens will be included. In total, more that 20 different waste water and sludge treatment technologies are to be assessed. This paper will present the first LCA results from running existing life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) methodology on some of the waste water treatment technologies. Keywords: Sustainability, LCA, micropollutants, waste water treatment technologies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2008
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventSETAC Europe 18th Annual Meeting: World under stress : scientific and applied issues in environmental toxicology and chemistry. - Palace of Culture and Science congress centre, Warsaw, Poland
    Duration: 25 May 200829 May 2008
    Conference number: 18

    Conference

    ConferenceSETAC Europe 18th Annual Meeting
    Number18
    LocationPalace of Culture and Science congress centre
    CountryPoland
    CityWarsaw
    Period25/05/200829/05/2008

    Keywords

    • LCA
    • Micropollutants
    • Sustainability
    • Waste water treatment technologies

    Cite this

    Hansen, P. A., & Larsen, H. F. (2008). Sustainable treatment of municipal waste water. Poster session presented at SETAC Europe 18th Annual Meeting, Warsaw, Poland.