Progetto Horizon 2020 (call Water-2015) “Smart Plant - Scale-up of low-carbon footprint material recovery techniques in existing wastewater treatment plants” (WP5 - T.5.2 “Public-private water utility management perspectives”)

Starting date
June 1, 2016
Duration (months)
Biotechnology, Management
Managers or local contacts
Guerrini Andrea , Leardini Chiara
efficiency, sustainability, water utilities, community engagement

The research activities, carried out in collaboration with the Cranfield Water Science Institute, involved-in the first year-a phase of analysis of the organisation of water and wastewater utilities and tariff systems in the different European countries; an elaboration of possible business models for Smart Plant that take into account the different characteristics of country context. During the 2018 the project discussed with the companies of water services both public and private the actual implementation of the model and the valorization of the waste as under product of the purification plant. In 2019 a community engagement activity is planned in order to recognize a social value to the choices of the water utilities.


Funds: assigned and managed by an external body

Project participants

David Bolzonella
Full Professor
Nicola Frison
Associate Professor
Andrea Guerrini
Associate Professor
Chiara Leardini
Full Professor
Sara Moggi
Associate Professor
Research areas involved in the project
CSR, sustainability and business ethics


Research facilities