European wastewater treatment plants could be producing up to twelve power plants’ worth of efficient, renewable, flexible energy that contributes to the low-carbon, circular development of the European economy.

The EU PowerStep project needs to be understood in the context of the EU’s political priorities. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has identified ten priorities for his mandate from 2015 to 2019. Two of these are: 1) jobs, growth and investment, and 2) energy and climate.

Building up an energy efficient sewage infrastructure for Europe is a “no regret” investment measure matching the criteria of the Juncker Plan. The construction or maintenance of municipal wastewater treatment plants supports the creation of green jobs. PowerStep is a natural fit with the Juncker Plan’s growing emphasis on climate, energy and circular economy investments.


Read here our policy brief dealing with the potential of the wastewater sector in the energy transition.