CHM is a participant in the European LIFE CERSUDS – Ceramic Sustainable Urban Drainage System research project, whose main objective is to improve the resilience of cities to climate change and promote the use of green infrastructure through the development and implementation of a demonstration SUDS. The system consists of a low-carbon emission, sustainable drainage system for rehabilitating urban areas.
The system will consist of a permeable surface with a very low environmental impact, based on the use of tiles in stock with low commercial value and is expected to achieve a reduction in runoff with volumetric yield close to 90%, as well as a major reduction in diffuse pollution and improved water quality compared to traditional systems. The contaminant removal efficiency can be expected to reach more than 70% for hydrocarbons, over 50% for phosphorus, more than 65% for nitrogen and above 60% for heavy metals, as well as significant CO2 emissions reductions.
As well as CHM, other participants in the LIFE project are, the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Benicàssim City Council, (the demonstrator host city), the Bologna Ceramic Centre (CCB-Italia), Ceramic and Glass Technology Centre (CTCV-Portugal) and the company Trencadís de Sempre, S.L., all coordinated by the ITC.
The project is expected to run until the end of September 2019 with a total budget of €1,817,972, 60% of which is financed by the European Commission through the LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance Programme.