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LIFE CERamic Sustainable Urban Drainage System

A short description of the NBS project

Funded by the European Commission through the LIFE programme, European project LIFE CERSUDS (Ceramic Sustainable Urban Drainage System) is developing a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) that uses ceramic tiles of low commercial value as a flooring filter system. The main aim of LIFE CERSUDS is to enhance city adaptability to climate change and to foster the use of SUDS and green infrastructure. This is done by designing and implementing a sustainable urban drainage system demonstrator, consisting of a permeable surface whose skin is made up of an innovative system, with low environmental impact. SUDS, which are being increasingly applied worldwide, provide cities with new means and techniques for a sustainable approach to city rainwater management, integrating run-off management in the urban landscape, based on the natural behaviour of the river basin at issue prior to urban development. In example, the demonstrator envisaged for Benicàssim (Spain) involves construction of a sustainable urban drainage system via development of a permeable ceramic flooring, using ceramic tiles of low commercial value. The space foreseen for the demonstrator consists of a street section with light and pedestrian traffic in an established urban setting of about 3.000sqm. Furthermore, during CERSUDS project development, two pre-projects will also be carried out: one in the Aveiro region (Portugal) and the other in the Fiorano region (Italy), countries with ceramic clusters and climate problems similar to those of Spain. These projects will be evaluated by both municipalities in order to foster the system’s feasibility.

NBS Implementation context
Location Spain, Benicàssim (Spain), Aveiro (Portugal) and Fiorano (Italy)
Status Ongoing (01.10.2016 – 30.09.2019)
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale • Object (Flooring surface) • Neighbourhood • City
Urban density/ Soil consumption • High (dense city center, etc.) • Medium
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
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NBS Typology
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NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
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Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
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Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Other 0
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Other 0
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 0
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Governments • Local government/municipality
Contracting Authority
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project.
Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster5_network_governanceCollaborative_governanceThe European project LIFE CERSUDS (Ceramic Sustainable Urban Drainage System) is funded by the European Commission through the LIFE programme.
Global Estimated cost of the project -
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM • LIFE – Climate action
Description of the financing mechanism The European project LIFE CERSUDS (Ceramic Sustainable Urban Drainage System) is funded by the European Commission through the LIFE programme.
Business Model
Class Type Description
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
Expected life time of the intervention
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Success and limiting factors
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversCollaboration Information accessibility and sharing • Networks; • Knowledge platforms -
Governance_driversProcess efficiencies Co-creation and participation • Collaboration; • Involvement of urban government
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversUncertainty • Operational unknown • Performance unknown
Governance_driversDisconnection between short-term actions and long term goals; Participation and awareness • Lack of participation
What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
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