ULTIMATE aims to become a catalyst of a particular type of industrial symbiosis – hence termed “Water Smart Industrial Symbiosis” (WSIS) – in which water/wastewater plays a key role both as a reusable resource.

Turning Wastewater into a Resource

ULTIMATE is a 4-year Horizon2020 project under the EU Water in the Context of the Circular Economy programme. The aim is to create economic value and increase sustainability by valorising resources within the water cycle. Wastewater plays a key role both as a reusable resource but also as a vector for energy and materials to be extracted, treated, stored and reused within a dynamic socio-economic and business oriented industrial ecosystem.

With the symbiosis demonstrated in ULTIMATE, the project looks beyond water reuse. In the ambitious concept called “Water Smart Industrial Symbiosis” the consortium promotes recycling in various industrial settings. As a pilot the consortium has selected nine large-scale business cases from the international agro-food, petrochemical and biotech sector.