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Denmark takes the top position on the EU28 Eco-Innovation Scoreboard for 2015: This an improvement in ranking compared to previous years which already showed good performance with a second position in 2014 and fourth position in 2013 and never ranked lower than fourth since 2010. In terms of eco-innovation output, compared to 2013 Denmark slides down the ranking from first place to fourth in the Scoreboard, while on the other hand Denmark moves up from a fourth place to the first spot in terms of eco-innovation input, which is also Denmark’s best performing indices. The country does not manage to translate the high eco-innovation output into a higher socio-economic output, where it is below EU average.

Denmark has been promoting eco-innovation since 2006, when thr Danish Parliament requested the Danish Government to launch the first eco-innovation scheme, underpinned by a comprehensive policy framework in support of activities and initiatives in favour of the environment and combating climate change. After the Danish Local Government Reform in 2007 created five completely new regions in Denmark, green growth initiatives got off due to the synergy effects that the reform offered. Industrial symbiosis and public procurement are two areas that seem particularly to have benefitted from this. However, the new Danish Government (June 2015) has taken a more market oriented approach to green transition with the view that enterprises will implement green business models without the need of comprehensive state support, hence some drastic cuts have been proposed and taken place that will affect circular economy developments. In view of this, the latest Scoreboard results are a result of the work of previous governments and it needs to be seen how the latest policy developments will affect Denmark’s result in the future.

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BioBooster, Decentralised Wastewater Treament

denmark_Biobooster_resizedThe Grundfos Biobooster is developed to treat and cleanse untreated wastewater locally, so water can be discharged directly back to the local environment. In countries or regions with water shortages, the biobooster plant can contribute to a more sustainable practice, as the treated wastewater will be reused for agricultural, recreational, or industrial purposes and thus save on scarce water resources.

Grundfos BioBooster (GBB) is a complete, compact, and modular wastewater treatment plant based on ultrafiltration membranes. The goal is to deliver tailormade treatment plants for small urban communities to decentralise the cleaning of their waste water, and to achieve a water quality that can meet emissions requirements for vulnerable recipients, making it possible to reuse the water for agricultural, recreational, municipal or industrial purposes locally.

The Biobooster plant offers a paradigm shift (in Denmark) in relation to the current centralization trend of wastewater treatment, as the cleaning process reaches a better water quality than large wastewater treatment plants, and simultaneously keep the water in the local environment for the benefit of small streams and water recipients. In countries or regions with water shortages, the plant will therefore contribute to a more sustainable practice, as the treated wastewater can be reused and thus save on scarce water resources.

The heart of the Biobooster wastewater treatment plant is the biological reactor with active biomass (bacteria) that break down the pollutants, and the membrane reactors with ultrafiltration membranes that prevent the plant bacteria and other particulate pollutants to be discharged with the purified water. The biological process also takes place in a closed environment, so the sourrounding environment is not affected by odour from the plant.

Economic Performance

Cleaning and reusing wastewater in local industrial or agricultural processes will not only reduce water consumption, but also benefit the costs of local businesses.  In a more general perspecitve, smaller communities can reduce the investments in development of infrastructure connecting them to larger treatment facilities, and as a benefit avoid the costly necessity to maintain a large grid of e.g. underground pipes.  

Social Performance

The Grundfos Biobooster plant is an off-the-shelf solution based on modular components, and it can be scaled to match any capacity between the equivlant of 500-5000 people. The Grundfos Biobooster can support wastewater treament in remote areas, which also makes it interesting in the perspective of developing countries and regions with limited resources to implement large infrastructure. The packaged system emits no odours.  

Environmental Impact

Reuse of purified water for irrigation or in industrial processes will reduce local water consumption. By treating the water upstream, neighborhood assets requiring irrigation can receive the treated discharge, which in-turn can percolate underground and help refill aquifers. Large-scale sewage treatment plants are often unable to make use of the treated water and instead of being recycled and returned to the aquifers upstream, much of it is discharged downstream or into large water streams. It has the potential to contribute to the formation of an infrastructure to sustain watershed integrity.

Further Information

For more information please visit the website for Grundfos Biobooster: http://grundfos-biobooster.com/#start

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