AdP participates in a project to raise the city of Lisbon’s resilience levels

The AdP Group is participating in a European innovation project designed to bring about improvements to the levels of city resilience to climate change taking Lisbon (Portugal), Barcelona (Spain) and Bristol (the United Kingdom) as the case studies.

Lisbon was also the city chosen to host the second meeting of the RESCCUE (RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas – a multisectorial approach focusing on water) project committee that took place on 21 and 22 November at the facilities of LNEC, the Portuguese case study coordinator.

The project, with a budget of eight million euros, with €6.9 million in financing from the European Union under the auspices of Horizon 2020, seeks to develop a methodology for evaluating the resilience of cities with water management a correspondingly core factor. 

Based on this methodology, supported by a technological platform for integrating the respective information, cities become able to identify their main vulnerabilities, evaluate the impacts on urban services, analyse the viability of mitigation and adaptation measures and draft a plan of action designed to bring about effective improvements to resilience.

The AdP Group participation in this project derives from its management of the urban water cycle in the city of Lisbon, with particular importance in managing the transport and treatment of the wastewaters produced in the capital. 

Within this context and the framework for the aforementioned meeting, the Group staged a visit to the Alcântara wastewater treatment plant, a crucial infrastructure within the Lisbon wastewater treatment system and especially due to its location within a critical zone as regards the incidence of flooding. The visit program also included a tour around the EPAL Museum of Water.

The RESCCUE project, coordinated by the company Aquatec - SUEZ Advanced Solutions, stands out for its multisectorial approach, involving 18 partners from various European countries, including entities managing water, waste and energy services as well as research centres, SME technology suppliers, among others.

Currently, 54% of the world population lives in cities and with trends forecasting this to rise to 66% in 2050. These cities daily confront the different realities stemming from climate change that necessarily impact on the way urban services supplying water, energy, transport, waste, among others, get managed. 

24 of November of 2016