LIFE CERSUDS: fighting climate change with ceramic tiles

EU projects
24 October 2018


LIFE CERSUDS, an innovative project with which the European Commission aims to mitigate the effects of climate change.


LIFE CERSUDS has presented in Benicàssim, Spain, the first milestone in the adaptation of cities to climate change, co-financed by the European Union.


The project delivers a sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS) made from ceramic tiles in order to reduce the problem of flooding and recover rainwater. The European Commission, in line with the Sustainable Development Objectives, is committed to innovative projects that integrate different solutions to combat climate change and its consequences.


The project consists of a permeable pavement made up of ceramic paving blocks of low commercial value. These paving stones are placed on draining bases that filter the water and lead it to a tank or channel located under the bicycle lane. In this way, the water is recovered for the irrigation of the landscaped areas. In addition, the system also acts as a collector, preventing the sewage network from being overloaded during rainfall peaks.


On reducing the impact of climate change, Javier Mira of the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica noted "This reduction is possible thanks to the use of ceramic products already manufactured."


Read more about the project here (in Spanish) via CIC Construcción.


Read more about the LIFE CERSUDS programme here.


Read more about projects under the EU's LIFE programme here.