Circular and Bio-Based solutions for the Ultimate Prevention of Plastics and Rivers Integrated with Elimination And Monitoring Technologies

Project information

Programme and call: Horizon Europe, HORIZON-MISS-2022-OCEAN-01-04
Start Date: 1 September 2023
Duration: 48 Months
Granting authority: European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency
Project Coordinator: Fundacion AITIIP (Spain)

Project partners

Aitiip Centro Tecnológico, Leitat Technological Center, VITO, Kemijski inštitut – National Institute of Chemistry, BIOENG-PT, Faculty of Sciences, University of the Aegean, Wasser 3.0 gGmbH, Van Remmen UV Technology, Tecnopackaging, BOAXT, Novamont, ZINNAE, Gruppo CAP, Narinder Bains, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), Severn Trent, University of Birmingham, Think Ocean CIC, Daphne Water Solutions, Ecociudad Zaragoza S.A.

Co-Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.


UPSTREAMS addresses the challenges related to the monitoring, prevention, elimination, and valorisation of litter (L), plastics (P), and microplastics (MP).

Action plan

Demonstrating a suite of 14 solutions addressing pollution at every step in the water system, connected to 7 rivers in 5 countries, with the objective of enabling the co-creation of an extensive database of knowledge and sustainable business models with a focus on making information as widely accessible as possible.


The involvement of wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) owners, industrial partners with existing supply chains, innovative SMEs, and a water cluster association will ensure the exploitation of the project solutions. Furthermore, the project includes €350k cascade funding that will enhance replication across Europe. The UPSTREAM consortium will thus establish circular value chains with the potential to decrease plastic litter by 50% and MP pollution by 30%.