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Sustainable wastewater treatment, resources recovery and the SDGs

Grant number: 19/23624-6
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 02, 2021 - March 01, 2023
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Convênio/Acordo: Lund University
Mobility Program: SPRINT - Projetos de pesquisa - Mobilidade
Principal Investigator:Marcelo Antunes Nolasco
Grantee:Marcelo Antunes Nolasco
Principal researcher abroad: Kenneth Persson
Institution abroad: Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Principal researcher abroad: Miklas Scholz
Institution abroad: Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Host Institution: Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades (EACH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers: Karin Jonsson ; Vitor Cano
Associated research grant:17/24524-0 - Development of microbial fuel cell prototype for bioeletricity production in wastes treatment, AP.BIOEN.R


In 2015, the world's leaders agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that describe a new agenda for sustainability. Given the large populations and environmental footprint of cities, SDG 11 'Sustainable cities and communities' should be considered a critical goal that will affect the achievements of several other SDGs. In particular, clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), and affordable and clean energy (SDG 7) provide the 'resource foundation' for cities. Water, food and energy form the so-called Water-Energy-Food Nexus. Achieving sustainable management of these resources requires use of a circular economy approach in which "waste" is recovered and reused. Here there is great potential for interactions between sectors in ways that can achieve multiple SDGs. For example, the safe treatment of wastewater can recover water, energy and nutrients, which in turn provide affordable energy and fertilizers to produce more food. (AU)

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