An integrated solution

The INCOVER project is developing innovative technologies along the whole technology chain of waste water treatment (WWT). These technologies will produce added-value products and energy from these otherwise wasted material and energy streams and thus fosters circular economy and resource efficiency. All the outcomes of the technology development efforts will be integrated in a Decision-Support System (DSS), where the different technologies are evaluated according to their environmental, social and economic performance. Environmental assessment carried out by means of the Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, whilst economic and social aspects will be evaluated via Life-Cycle Costing (LCC) and social Life-Cycle Assessment (sLCA), respectively. These three aspects together compose the Life-Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), the evaluation framework of the INCOVER project. The DSS will be based on this 3-dimensional LCSA evaluation framework to form a multi-criteria decision support tool. The DSS is tailored to the needs of the target audience, mainly authorities and managers and their typical decision making situations. In order to establish a user-friendly application, it will benefit from the INCOVER knowledge base and the INCOVER stakeholder dialogue. The DSS will provide the following:

  • Assistance to authorities at comparing various technology alternatives based on their technical performance and sustainability properties in view of future investments;
  • Assistance to facility managers towards improving the performance of their WWT and added-value processes through choosing optimal technologies; 
  • Communicate the benefits of INCOVER technologies to support market uptake.