Overall economic analysis of management options

Utilities can adopt different management options for the treatment of sludge, many of which are related to the concept of "Circular economy". In order to spread the technologies on which these options are based, it is necessary to identify and analyse the options from both an economic and social viewpoint, referring to different contexts and developing suggestions for enabling public policies, so to incentive the adoption of the options by the utilities.

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Planned activities within PerFORM WATER 2030

The activities related to the overall economic analysis of management options for sludge treatment technologies are part of the research line about Economic and social issues included in PerFORM WATER 2030. They are focused on the identification of possible policy interventions, that allow and incentive the adoption of options by the utilities, and on the integrations of these policy interventions with the evaluation related to social acceptability and modalities of the O&M phases previously identified.

Objectives and expected results

  • Overall analysis of management options for sludge treatment technologies by means of the identification of the factors that lead to their adoption.

  • Analysis of the structure of related investment, maintenance and operation costs.

  • Analysis of the management modality and of the relationship between social stakeholders and utility, in given contextual scenarios.

  • Development of suggestions for enabling public policies.

Description of the activities

  • Case study analysis in national and European region.

  • Identification of the current and emerging policies, including the instruments for tariff regulation, that enable the adoption of management options.

  • Suggestion for the development of support policies for the evaluated technologies.

Partners involved

DIG Department of Politecnico di Milano, has provided the support and the basis for the design of the analysis, and the scientific support of the activities. In particular, among the activities by POLIMI the execution of case studies in national and European regions is planned, in order to develop suggestions for enabling public policies.
CAP Group contributed in the discussion about suggestions for public policies.

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