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The LIFE LEACHLESS project (LIFE15 ENV/ES/000530) will promote water resources management actions in accordance with the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC by enabling managers of landfills and waste treatment centres to achieve good qualitative and quantitative status of their effluents.

Large amounts of leachates are generated in Europe and, because of their composition, having a high pollution load. The LEACHLESS project proposes a treatment model that will be carried out “in-situ” using a cost-effective novel technology that combines solar evaporation/condensation plus forward osmosis. The prototype will be powered by renewable energies (solar energy, biomass and residual heat), which will minimise the carbon footprint of the process.

The final effluent quality will be very high, allowing reuse (preferred) or discharge into watercourses. In the particular case of this project, the final effluents will be reused for cleaning and gardening purposes. A minority semi-solid residual stream will be also generated in the process. Due to its special composition (rich in metals and inorganic elements), this stream will be valorised in ceramic industries to improve the final products characteristics.

Participate with us

If you represent a facility where leachates are generated or a ceramic company, LIFE LEACHLESS invites you to participate as an observer in the different stages of the project. To do this, please complete the corresponding questionnaire (it will not take you more than 2 minutes).




LIFE LEACHLESS in the spotlight


Barcelona hosts the “LIFE Waste-Water Treatment Platform Meeting”

The LIFE LEACHLESS project has participated in the “LIFE Waste-Water Treatment Platform Meeting”, in Barcelona (Spain), on 29 and 30 January 2020. The Urban Waste Water Treatment (UWWT) Directive is one of the oldest pieces of EU legislation. Many Member States are...


Representatives of the LIFE LEACHLESS project, attended last week ECOMONDO, the leading event in Europe for the new models of circular economy. The event took place between 3 and 6 November in Rimini (Italy). ECOMONDO consisted of an international exhibition with an...

LIFE LEACHLESS is part of the World Waste Congress, ISWA 2019

The ISWA World Congress is the most important congress in the world in the field of waste management. The 29th ISWA World Congress was held at the Palacio de Congresos y de la Música Euskalduna in Bilbao (Spain), from 7 to 9 October 2019. Bilbao welcomed around 1,500...

LIFE LEACHLESS in the researchers’ night 2019

Researchers from the NTUA team presented the LIFE LEACHLESS project during "Researchers' Night" at the National Technical University of Athens on September 27, 2019. The "Researchers' Night" is a European Union initiative aimed at familiarising the public with the...

LIFE LEACHLESS is announced at the XXXVI National Conference on Chemical Engineering

On 3, 4 and 5 September, the XXXVI National Conference on Chemical Engineering (JNIQ) took place in Zaragoza (Spain). The objective of this Conference was to present the most relevant national research being carried out in this field. The aim was to visualise the way...

LIFE LEACHLESS promoting the Circular Economy

The LIFE LEACHLESS project attended the Innovation Workshop "Circular economy in cities: the need for a change in production model, consumption and distribution in a sustainability key" framed in the Regional Program Centr@tec and coordinated by the Institute of...