Climate protection and energy efficiency potentials in the wastewater sector (KlimAW)
The wastewater sector is usually the single biggest energy consumer in a municipal context. At the same time, usable energy in the form of gas, electricity or heat is generated at wastewater treatment plants, so it could also be a component of the regional energy system. In the context of the Climate Action Plan 2050 with its far-reaching climate and energy policy objectives, the wastewater sector is therefore an important municipal field of action.
The primary objective of the research project is to determine the contribution that the wastewater sector could make to achieving the climate targets. The aim is to identify adaptation requirements with regard to a consistent optimization of wastewater treatment plants and their integration into the energy system and reveal factors hindering implementation.