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PECT Coastal Besòs Sustainable Territory
The PECT abbreviations correspond to Specialization and Territorial Competitiveness Projects, with which a series of projects led by local public entities are defined to promote actions aimed at the economic transformation of the territory that have a strong component of innovation and favor the creation of employment.
The objective of the PECT Litoral Besòs is to turn the mouth of the river, and its surroundings, into a reference territory in terms of innovation in sustainable development for large metropolitan cities through the improvement of energy efficiency and environmental, the impulse of a low-carbon economy and able to put the necessary instruments to mitigate climate change in a densely populated and urbanized urban environment.
The town councils of Sant Adrià de Besòs and Badalona -which, among the two, bring together a population of more than 250,000 inhabitants-, the Besòs Consortium, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the b_TEC Campus Diagonal Besòs Foundation, the latter in the capacity of participating non-beneficiary entity, cooperate in its launching.
The experience of all these institutions in matters such as energy, waste treatment, electrical generation, water cycle management -both in the river and in the sea coast itself- or the creation of cooling and heating networks, has consolidated a knowledge that is to be used to turn a zone historically punished from an environmental point of view, in a reference area with regard to a sustainable territorial development, capable of attracting business investments and open to experimenting with new products, services and processes with which to open the door to the emergence of new technical, scientific and entrepreneurial talent, to improve the quality of life of citizens and improve the management of natural resources.
The place where the project is developed is defined by the mouth of the Besòs river and the immediately adjacent coastline area. This is a space in the heart of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, with a strong limitation due to its growth due to the lack of land, where, historically, companies related to the chemical industry, the generation and distribution of energy have proliferated.
A territory specialized in energy and resources
A large number of agents related to the field of specialization of the project (energy and resources) are established within the area where the PECT is developed. In fact it’s the area of Catalonia that brings together the largest number of environmental and energy facilities of a metropolitan character, to the point of becoming a specialized territorial network. Some of the companies present are TERSA, Districlima, Enel-Endesa and Naturgy, to which the waste water treatment plant of the AMB must be added.