About the Project

LIFE GREEN ADAPT project will implement and demonstrate actionable solutions to trigger significantly improvements on the landfill resilience through bio-technosoils and treatment wetlands (TW) systems application, enhancing their adaptation against climate related hazards (e.g. water scarcity, storms, floods, landslides, fires) caused by primary climate drivers (i.e. extreme temperatures or extreme rains).

The risk of landfills being affected by climate change increases due the longevity of the infrastructure, being operated and remaining active for decades (a closed landfill is issuing leachates and greenhouse gases for up to 25 years). 

A number of climate impacts threatens the waste sector: 

  1. Increased risk of flooding affecting soil stabilization and increasing rates of waste decomposition, 
  2. reduced water availability for wet processes and site management (particularly during summer), 
  3. increased risk of fires and explosions caused by drought periods and unusual heatwaves. 

LIFE GREEN ADAPT enables a climate adaptation system deploying resilience to waste infrastructures (particularly, landfills). For this purpose, the project proposes the enhanced wider use of BGI as climate adaptation solutions:

  1. The use of bio-technosoil (formulated with landfill waste) for soil stabilization, preventing from landslides caused by extreme rain and floods,
  2. The combination of innovative TW to storage and treat leachates and the temporarily high contaminated run-off water,
  3. The reuse of treated wastewater to mitigate and cope the effects of high temperatures preventing from fires or explosions and contributing to guarantee water availability.

LIFE GREEN ADAPT offers a great replication and transfer potential, aiming to be a catalyst for further leveraging private and public funding for infrastructure adaptation to Climate Change. 

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