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  • LIFE LIVE-WASTE - Sustainable management of livestock waste for the removal/recovery of nutrients
  • The main objective of the project is to develop, demonstrate and evaluate an innovative decentralized approach for sustainable management of livestock waste achieving environmental protection and climate change mitigation in line with the requirements of the EU and National legislation through actions complementary to those of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.

    The project activities introduce high level of innovation concerning the development, operation and evaluation of a prototype system for livestock treatment and for the post-treatment of the by-products derived from the involved processes (combination of advanced biological and chemical treatment processes), resulting in recovery of materials and energy and developing a concrete market for the end products (i.e. energy, compost, reusable effluent, phosphorous).

    Furthermore, innovative assessment methodologies and tools developed and demonstrated for the evaluation of the applied livestock waste management scheme.

    The project provide insight on how the sustainable livestock waste scheme can be implemented in larger scale in Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Spain and in other EU countries.


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LIFE LIVE-WASTE - Sustainable management of livestock waste for the removal/recovery of nutrients
Lead Partner
Cyprus University of Technology
Funding source
LIFE+ Environmental Policy and Governance
Lifetime
2013 - 2016
Abstract

The main objective of the project is to develop, demonstrate and evaluate an innovative decentralized approach for sustainable management of livestock waste achieving environmental protection and climate change mitigation in line with the requirements of the EU and National legislation through actions complementary to those of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.

The project activities introduce high level of innovation concerning the development, operation and evaluation of a prototype system for livestock treatment and for the post-treatment of the by-products derived from the involved processes (combination of advanced biological and chemical treatment processes), resulting in recovery of materials and energy and developing a concrete market for the end products (i.e. energy, compost, reusable effluent, phosphorous).

Furthermore, innovative assessment methodologies and tools developed and demonstrated for the evaluation of the applied livestock waste management scheme.

The project provide insight on how the sustainable livestock waste scheme can be implemented in larger scale in Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Spain and in other EU countries.

Contact person: Costas Costa
Tel: +35 725002515
Fax: +35 725002656
Email: costas.costa@cut.ac.cy

  • LIFE ECOCITRIC - Citric Waste Integrated Management
  • The LIFE + ECOCITRIC project will demonstrate the technical , economic and environmental feasibility of a new system of comprehensive utilization of pruning citrus , from which innovative products with high added value such as essential oils , foliar fertilizer , feed will be obtained feed and biomass ( fuel and bed cattle chips) .


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LIFE ECOCITRIC - Citric Waste Integrated Management
Lead Partner
La Vall d'Uixo Council
Funding source
LIFE +
Lifetime
2014 - 2016
Abstract

The LIFE + ECOCITRIC project will demonstrate the technical , economic and environmental feasibility of a new system of comprehensive utilization of pruning citrus , from which innovative products with high added value such as essential oils , foliar fertilizer , feed will be obtained feed and biomass ( fuel and bed cattle chips) .

Noelia Martínez Serrano 
nmartinez@lavallduixo.es

  • LIFE FAROS Integral Networking of Fishing Sector Actors to Organize a Responsible, Optimal and Sustainable Exploitation of Marine Resources
  • The Project FAROS (the Spanish word for lighthouses) will take advantage of the background of experience, good practices and technologies derived from both the human experience, the literature as well as the results obtained in recent studies to give the guidelines to define a global and real-time information system both on board and in land as the core of an efficient and optimal working network of the actors involved in the fishing activity (fishermen and fleets, ports, industry) by taking advantage of the existing synergies between them.

    One of the main problems in order to apply valorisation processes and technologies of discards/wastes at an industrial scale was the lack of information concerning availability of raw material, since the inherent characteristics of the fishing activity make it very seasonal and quite unpredictable.

    Another problem is related to all the logistics of discards and wastes once they are landing, since a well-defined logistic and management network does not exist there, which could allow, for instance, to efficiently determine and deliver an specific amount of raw material (discard/waste) required by a given transformation/valorisation industry where a gap in the demand exists.

    The Project FAROS will try to go a step further to finish previous work related to the characterisation of discards/wastes and to the definition of valorisation technologies and their pre-industrial application by defining a global network which will imply and interrelate all actors both outland (fleets) as well as inland (ports, transport agents and transformation industries) to efficiently manage the fishing activity, trying to accomplish the “no-discards” policy.


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LIFE FAROS Integral Networking of Fishing Sector Actors to Organize a Responsible, Optimal and Sustainable Exploitation of Marine Resources
Lead Partner
The Spanish National Research Council -CSIC
Funding source
LIFE+ Environment
Lifetime
2010 - 2013
Abstract

The Project FAROS (the Spanish word for lighthouses) will take advantage of the background of experience, good practices and technologies derived from both the human experience, the literature as well as the results obtained in recent studies to give the guidelines to define a global and real-time information system both on board and in land as the core of an efficient and optimal working network of the actors involved in the fishing activity (fishermen and fleets, ports, industry) by taking advantage of the existing synergies between them.

One of the main problems in order to apply valorisation processes and technologies of discards/wastes at an industrial scale was the lack of information concerning availability of raw material, since the inherent characteristics of the fishing activity make it very seasonal and quite unpredictable.

Another problem is related to all the logistics of discards and wastes once they are landing, since a well-defined logistic and management network does not exist there, which could allow, for instance, to efficiently determine and deliver an specific amount of raw material (discard/waste) required by a given transformation/valorisation industry where a gap in the demand exists.

The Project FAROS will try to go a step further to finish previous work related to the characterisation of discards/wastes and to the definition of valorisation technologies and their pre-industrial application by defining a global network which will imply and interrelate all actors both outland (fleets) as well as inland (ports, transport agents and transformation industries) to efficiently manage the fishing activity, trying to accomplish the “no-discards” policy.

Project Coordinator: Antonio Alvarez Alonso 
Marine Research Institute - IIM (CSIC)

C/Eduardo Cabello, 6
CP 36208 Vigo – SPAIN
Tlf: +34 986231930 (Ext.251) Fax: +34 986292762

  • LIFE AQUEMFREE In-Farm remediation by solar photocatalysis of agro-waste water with pesticides from remnants, cleaning and rinse.
  • The project objective is to demonstrate an alternative economic and ecological technique for degrading completely pesticide residues in wastewater produced on farms by remaining in containers and tanks phytosanitary treatment equipment and rinsing of these after use, cleaning machinery and equipment, etc., with innovative equipment located on farms.

    Thus, this project provides solutions to a current European problem, especially in the Mediterranean area as Directive 2009/128 / EC of sustainable use of pesticides requires Member states to take measures to ensure that operations professionals do not endanger human health or the environment.


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LIFE AQUEMFREE In-Farm remediation by solar photocatalysis of agro-waste water with pesticides from remnants, cleaning and rinse.
Lead Partner
Murcia Institute of Agri-food Research and Development (IMIDA)
Funding source
LIFE + Environment
Lifetime
2015 - 2019
Abstract

The project objective is to demonstrate an alternative economic and ecological technique for degrading completely pesticide residues in wastewater produced on farms by remaining in containers and tanks phytosanitary treatment equipment and rinsing of these after use, cleaning machinery and equipment, etc., with innovative equipment located on farms.

Thus, this project provides solutions to a current European problem, especially in the Mediterranean area as Directive 2009/128 / EC of sustainable use of pesticides requires Member states to take measures to ensure that operations professionals do not endanger human health or the environment.

Murcia Institute of Agri-food Research and Development (IMIDA)
C/ Mayor, s/n. 30150 La Alberca (Murcia) - Spain.

Miguel Ángel Fernández

Project Manager

T +34 968 36 68 03
F +34 968 36 67 33
miguela.fernandez4@carm.es

 

  • LIFE BIOCOPAC PLUS Sustainable bio-based coating from tomato processing by-products for food metal packaging
  • Lacquers for foodstuff packaging mainly consist of petroleum derivatives, with epoxy resin being the most widely utilised component. The use of a petrol-based lacquer increases the carbon footprint of a packaging company by 0.4% for each kilogram of metallic cans produced; 90% of this impact is linked to the production of the epoxy resin that causes 3.31 g of CO2 emissions per kilogram of cans. Some efforts have already been made to introduce into this process components or additives from renewable sources.

    The LIFE BIOCOPACPlus project aims to demonstrate the technical feasibility and the effectiveness on an industrial scale of the production of a bio-lacquer obtained from the reuse of tomato waste (i.e. skins) – the lacquer will serve as a coating for food contact applications in metal cans.


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LIFE BIOCOPAC PLUS Sustainable bio-based coating from tomato processing by-products for food metal packaging
Lead Partner
The Experimental Station for the Food Preserving Industry (SSICA)
Funding source
LIFE + Environment
Lifetime
2014 - 2017
Abstract

Lacquers for foodstuff packaging mainly consist of petroleum derivatives, with epoxy resin being the most widely utilised component. The use of a petrol-based lacquer increases the carbon footprint of a packaging company by 0.4% for each kilogram of metallic cans produced; 90% of this impact is linked to the production of the epoxy resin that causes 3.31 g of CO2 emissions per kilogram of cans. Some efforts have already been made to introduce into this process components or additives from renewable sources.

The LIFE BIOCOPACPlus project aims to demonstrate the technical feasibility and the effectiveness on an industrial scale of the production of a bio-lacquer obtained from the reuse of tomato waste (i.e. skins) – the lacquer will serve as a coating for food contact applications in metal cans.

Coordinator: Angela MONTANARI
Phone: 390521795217
Fax: 390521795218
Email: angela.montanari@ssica.it

  • LIFE BE-FAIR  Benign and environmentally friendly fish processing practices to provide added value and innovative solutions for a responsible and sustainable management of fisheries
  • The project’s main objective focused on developing new approaches for reusing fishing industry waste and by-catch.

    This was based on piloting innovative integrated waste management and processing practices, both on-board fishing vessels and also on shore in a dedicated test plant.

    The latter aimed to demonstrate waste processing approaches capable of creating adding value opportunities for food and pharmaceutical industries from fishing by-catches.


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LIFE BE-FAIR  Benign and environmentally friendly fish processing practices to provide added value and innovative solutions for a responsible and sustainable management of fisheries
Lead Partner
Institute of Marine Research IIM - CSIC
Funding source
LIFE
Lifetime
2006 - 2008
Abstract

The project’s main objective focused on developing new approaches for reusing fishing industry waste and by-catch.

This was based on piloting innovative integrated waste management and processing practices, both on-board fishing vessels and also on shore in a dedicated test plant.

The latter aimed to demonstrate waste processing approaches capable of creating adding value opportunities for food and pharmaceutical industries from fishing by-catches.

Project Manager: Antonio Álvarez Alonso

Phone: +34 986 231930

Fax: +34 986 292762

Email: antonio@iim.csic.es

  • LIFE + TL-BIOFER LIFE + TL-BIOFER Nutrients and regenerated water recycling in WWTPs through twin-layer microalgae culture for biofertilizers production
  • The LIFE + TL-BIOFER project aims to address the environmental problem of wastewater produced by small- and medium-size urban agglomerations. To meet this aim, the project plans to implement two actions.

    First, it will develop and demonstrate a wastewater treatment plant using a Twin-Layer (TL) system: an advanced nutrient removal technology based on immobilised cultivation of microalgae. In this technology, microalgae are immobilised by self-adhesion on a wet, microporous ultrathin substrate (the substrate layer). A second layer, which consists of a macroporous fibrous structure (the source layer), will provide and distribute the growth medium.

    Secondly, the project also plans to address the shortage of P by developing produced and testing biofertilisers derived from the remaining microalgae. The fertiliser will meet high agronomical standards of sustainable farming as well as the requirements of current and future EU regulations.

    The trials will be conducted in microplots for two different crops in northern Italy and four different crops in Spain.


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LIFE + TL-BIOFER LIFE + TL-BIOFER Nutrients and regenerated water recycling in WWTPs through twin-layer microalgae culture for biofertilizers production
Lead Partner
Biomasa Peninsular S.A.
Funding source
LIFE + ENVIRONMENT
Lifetime
2014 - 2017
Abstract

The LIFE + TL-BIOFER project aims to address the environmental problem of wastewater produced by small- and medium-size urban agglomerations. To meet this aim, the project plans to implement two actions.

First, it will develop and demonstrate a wastewater treatment plant using a Twin-Layer (TL) system: an advanced nutrient removal technology based on immobilised cultivation of microalgae. In this technology, microalgae are immobilised by self-adhesion on a wet, microporous ultrathin substrate (the substrate layer). A second layer, which consists of a macroporous fibrous structure (the source layer), will provide and distribute the growth medium.

Secondly, the project also plans to address the shortage of P by developing produced and testing biofertilisers derived from the remaining microalgae. The fertiliser will meet high agronomical standards of sustainable farming as well as the requirements of current and future EU regulations.

The trials will be conducted in microplots for two different crops in northern Italy and four different crops in Spain.

Contact person: Inmaculada Gonzalez

Phone: 34913560181

Fax: 34913556228

Email: igonzalez@bpeninsular.com

  • LIFE Fresh Box: a sustainable transport solution conserving quality of fresh produce, reducing waste & fuel consumption
  • The project aims to improve the sustainability of the distribution of fresh produce to create a more competitive sector that can offer better products to the final consumer.

    Currently, the time span of storage, transportation and distribution of fresh produce from wholesaler to final consumer is exceedingly large. Storage/transportation is performed with standard containers that do not reproduce the ideal conditions of respiration rate of each type of fruit or vegetable.

    The Fresh Box container will be  developed in order to reduce food waste, extend fresh produce shelf life and quality, and reduce fuel/energy consumption.

    Fresh Box container characteristics:

     -   Active/smart container that stores/transports each type of fresh produce in the ideal conditions of respiration rate

     -   Monitored with an innovative Integrated Sensor Kit to check the main environmental features in the container and allow traceability

     -   Light-weight, manufactured with a technology that saves energy and made of innovative recyclable material

     -   Transports fresh produce harvested at a higher maturity stage: consumers will be able to enjoy fruits and vegetables with better features


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LIFE Fresh Box: a sustainable transport solution conserving quality of fresh produce, reducing waste & fuel consumption
Lead Partner
The Aula Dei Science and Technology Park (PCTAD)
Funding source
LIFE + Environment
Lifetime
2014 - 2017
Abstract

The project aims to improve the sustainability of the distribution of fresh produce to create a more competitive sector that can offer better products to the final consumer.

Currently, the time span of storage, transportation and distribution of fresh produce from wholesaler to final consumer is exceedingly large. Storage/transportation is performed with standard containers that do not reproduce the ideal conditions of respiration rate of each type of fruit or vegetable.

The Fresh Box container will be  developed in order to reduce food waste, extend fresh produce shelf life and quality, and reduce fuel/energy consumption.

Fresh Box container characteristics:

 -   Active/smart container that stores/transports each type of fresh produce in the ideal conditions of respiration rate

 -   Monitored with an innovative Integrated Sensor Kit to check the main environmental features in the container and allow traceability

 -   Light-weight, manufactured with a technology that saves energy and made of innovative recyclable material

 -   Transports fresh produce harvested at a higher maturity stage: consumers will be able to enjoy fruits and vegetables with better features

Contact person: Sara Remón
Phone: +34 976713800
Email: sremon@pctad.com

  • LIFE SMILE - Strategies for Marine Litter and Environmental prevention of sea pollution in coastal areas
  • The LIFE SMILE project’s main aim focuses on reducing and recovering marine litter in coastal areas. This will be achieved through the development of governance processes for implementing an innovative ‘catching mechanism’ for marine litter in a pilot area. All work will contribute to the region’s ICZM operations.

    Specific actions will include:

           • Implementation of an integrated approach to solid waste management including specific activities related to marine litter in waste management strategies

           • Extension of existing ICZM operations further inland

           • Standardisation and harmonisation of related monitoring programmes

           • Development of governance processes, at local and regional level, for promoting more shared policies and actions in coastal areas

           • Implementation of a catching mechanism to reduce and prevent the transport of solid wastes from river basins, including a cost/benefit analysis of the system

           • Raising the awareness of environmental stewardship amongst sea and coastal users in order to improve the efficacy of existing law and regulations in addressing marine litter problems.


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LIFE SMILE - Strategies for Marine Litter and Environmental prevention of sea pollution in coastal areas
Lead Partner
The Environment Department of Liguria Region (Italy)
Funding source
LIFE
Lifetime
2013 - 2016
Abstract

The LIFE SMILE project’s main aim focuses on reducing and recovering marine litter in coastal areas. This will be achieved through the development of governance processes for implementing an innovative ‘catching mechanism’ for marine litter in a pilot area. All work will contribute to the region’s ICZM operations.

Specific actions will include:

       • Implementation of an integrated approach to solid waste management including specific activities related to marine litter in waste management strategies

       • Extension of existing ICZM operations further inland

       • Standardisation and harmonisation of related monitoring programmes

       • Development of governance processes, at local and regional level, for promoting more shared policies and actions in coastal areas

       • Implementation of a catching mechanism to reduce and prevent the transport of solid wastes from river basins, including a cost/benefit analysis of the system

       • Raising the awareness of environmental stewardship amongst sea and coastal users in order to improve the efficacy of existing law and regulations in addressing marine litter problems.

Contact person: Ilaria Fasce
Phone: 390 105 484 694
Fax: 390 105 373 804
Email: ilaria.fasce@regione.liguria.it

  • LIFE VALPORC Valorization of pig carcasses through their transformation into biofuels and organic fertilizers
  • The LIFE VALPORC project's main objective is the enhancement of products obtained in the process of treatment of pig carcasses (SANDACH, category 2):

           • Production of flour and fat of optimum quality for subsequent recovery as biofuels.

           • Obtaining of 2nd generation biodiesel from fat.

           • Using MBM as a substrate for biogas production by co-digestion with manure.

           • Using the digestate as fertilizer.

    Thus, the project integrates processes that generate added value to environmental and socio-economic level in the pig sector.


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LIFE VALPORC Valorization of pig carcasses through their transformation into biofuels and organic fertilizers
Lead Partner
The Pork Farming Health Protection Association No.2 for the municipality of Ejea de los Caballeros (Zaragoza, Spain)
Funding source
LIFE +
Lifetime
2014 - 2017
Abstract

The LIFE VALPORC project's main objective is the enhancement of products obtained in the process of treatment of pig carcasses (SANDACH, category 2):

       • Production of flour and fat of optimum quality for subsequent recovery as biofuels.

       • Obtaining of 2nd generation biodiesel from fat.

       • Using MBM as a substrate for biogas production by co-digestion with manure.

       • Using the digestate as fertilizer.

Thus, the project integrates processes that generate added value to environmental and socio-economic level in the pig sector.

Asoc. de Defensa Sanitaria nº 2 Comarcal Porcino

Carretera de Erla, nº 43. C.P. 50.600

Ejea de los Caballeros, Zaragoza (Spain)

info@lifevalporc.eu

Phone +34 976 662 526

  • LIFE PECHEAPIEDELOISIR Pilot experiments on sustainable and participatory management of recreational seafood hand harvesting
  • The core goal of the project is to validate effective and transferable methods for promoting sustainable approaches to shore-based sea angling in 11 pilot areas.
    Specific aims include:

           • Implementing an ecosystem approach to managing the activity thereby increasing sustainability. This will be achieved through a new local and national-level governance system; Better understanding and dealing with the impacts of recreational fishing from the shore on the natural coastal environment

           • Developing awareness in order to stop the erosion of coastal biodiversity linked to fishing practices

           • Contributing to the design and implementation of management plans for Marine Protected Areas that are subjected to pressure linked to recreational fishing from the shore

     

     


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LIFE PECHEAPIEDELOISIR Pilot experiments on sustainable and participatory management of recreational seafood hand harvesting
Lead Partner
The French Marine Protected Areas Agency
Funding source
LIFE +
Lifetime
2013 - 2017
Abstract
The core goal of the project is to validate effective and transferable methods for promoting sustainable approaches to shore-based sea angling in 11 pilot areas.
Specific aims include:

       • Implementing an ecosystem approach to managing the activity thereby increasing sustainability. This will be achieved through a new local and national-level governance system; Better understanding and dealing with the impacts of recreational fishing from the shore on the natural coastal environment

       • Developing awareness in order to stop the erosion of coastal biodiversity linked to fishing practices

       • Contributing to the design and implementation of management plans for Marine Protected Areas that are subjected to pressure linked to recreational fishing from the shore

 

 

Gaëlle Quemmerais-Amice

Phone: +33 2 98 344 037
Email: gaelle.amice@aires-marines.fr

  • LIFE SYNSPIRIT - Sustainable production of bio-methanol by bio-methane and biogene CO2 gas from organic waste and residues
  • The LIFE SynSpirit project aims at demonstrating a new anaerobic fermentation process through which organic waste streams and low quality crude glycerine are efficiently converted into high value bio-methanol. 

    For the first time, the project will connect a biological anaerobic digestion process for crude glycerine with the sustainable thermochemical production of bio-methanol, based on high quality glycerine. 


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LIFE SYNSPIRIT - Sustainable production of bio-methanol by bio-methane and biogene CO2 gas from organic waste and residues
Lead Partner
Shanks Group PLC
Funding source
LIFE + Environment
Lifetime
2014 - 2018
Abstract

The LIFE SynSpirit project aims at demonstrating a new anaerobic fermentation process through which organic waste streams and low quality crude glycerine are efficiently converted into high value bio-methanol. 

For the first time, the project will connect a biological anaerobic digestion process for crude glycerine with the sustainable thermochemical production of bio-methanol, based on high quality glycerine. 

Martijn Bovee
Phone: 31736872600
Fax: 31736872609
Email: m.bovee@orgaworld.nl

  • LIFE GISWASTE - GIS based decision making tool for food by-products valorization alternatives in the Basque Country
  • Life GISWASTE is a local-level demo project which can be applied to any other European region which is struggling to manage its agrifood by-products.

    The aim is to develop a GIS-based methodology and IT tool which simulates the technical, economic, and environmental viability of the recovery alternatives for the agrifood by-products (chiefly vegetables, meat, and dairy products) in the Basque Autonomous Community.

    The recovery alternatives which are evaluated in the Life GISWASTE project focus on two specific areas: biogas generation and animal feed production.


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LIFE GISWASTE - GIS based decision making tool for food by-products valorization alternatives in the Basque Country
Lead Partner
AZTI Tecnalia (Spain)
Funding source
LIFE + Environment
Lifetime
2013 - 2017
Abstract

Life GISWASTE is a local-level demo project which can be applied to any other European region which is struggling to manage its agrifood by-products.

The aim is to develop a GIS-based methodology and IT tool which simulates the technical, economic, and environmental viability of the recovery alternatives for the agrifood by-products (chiefly vegetables, meat, and dairy products) in the Basque Autonomous Community.

The recovery alternatives which are evaluated in the Life GISWASTE project focus on two specific areas: biogas generation and animal feed production.

AZTI-Tecnalia 

Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia

Edificio 609 Derio (Bizkaia)

Phone: +34 94 657 40 00

 info@azti.es

  • QUARTERBACK for LIFE - Crude glycerine water used on-site as a feedstock in an anaerobic digestion reactor to produce the renewable fuel biogas
  • The QUARTERBACK for LIFE project’s main objective is to mitigate the environmental consequences of the production of crude glycerine in the oleochemical industry.

    The aim is to demonstrate, in the first full-scale application of its kind, both the technical and economic feasibility of operating an integrated process in which crude glycerine is used as the only feedstock for an anaerobic digestion process in order to produce biogas for local use.

    This innovative process will enable oleochemical producers to meet part of their energy consumption with a carbon-neutral biofuel that enables a 25% (12 000 tonnes CO2/year) reduction in the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions.


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QUARTERBACK for LIFE - Crude glycerine water used on-site as a feedstock in an anaerobic digestion reactor to produce the renewable fuel biogas
Lead Partner
Croda Europe Ltd
Funding source
LIFE + Environment
Lifetime
2014 - 2017
Abstract

The QUARTERBACK for LIFE project’s main objective is to mitigate the environmental consequences of the production of crude glycerine in the oleochemical industry.

The aim is to demonstrate, in the first full-scale application of its kind, both the technical and economic feasibility of operating an integrated process in which crude glycerine is used as the only feedstock for an anaerobic digestion process in order to produce biogas for local use.

This innovative process will enable oleochemical producers to meet part of their energy consumption with a carbon-neutral biofuel that enables a 25% (12 000 tonnes CO2/year) reduction in the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Ron van 't Hof
Phone: 31 182 542 391
Fax: 31 182 542 250
Email: Ron.van.t.hof@croda.com

  • VADEAR – VAlorización de la fracción legalmente comercializable del DEscarte producido por la pesca de ARrastre en el Mediterráneo Occidental Español
  • VADEAR Project will make a valorization of the bycatch of the trawl fishery in the Andalucía and Murcia regions, with the aim to improve the fishery environmental ecosystem conditions by the reduction of discards and at the same time provide new economic insight by the reduction of the fishing cost per unit of effort.

    This proposal is based in the integration of the scientist knowledge on trawl fisheries, and the enterprise of fish manufacture industry.

    The increasing effect of the human activity on the marine ecosystem need to conceive new action plans with the aim to achieve a sustainable exploitation, and simultaneously the maintenance of fishing activity.

    The proposal will look for tailored solutions of the trawl fishery to the new EU Common Fishery Policy (EU CFP), it will assign both environmental and economic value of bycatch, reducing discards and making advance in the fishery joint management.

     


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VADEAR – VAlorización de la fracción legalmente comercializable del DEscarte producido por la pesca de ARrastre en el Mediterráneo Occidental Español
Lead Partner
Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO)
Funding source
Fundación Biodiversidad (Spain)
Lifetime
2014 - 2014
Abstract

VADEAR Project will make a valorization of the bycatch of the trawl fishery in the Andalucía and Murcia regions, with the aim to improve the fishery environmental ecosystem conditions by the reduction of discards and at the same time provide new economic insight by the reduction of the fishing cost per unit of effort.

This proposal is based in the integration of the scientist knowledge on trawl fisheries, and the enterprise of fish manufacture industry.

The increasing effect of the human activity on the marine ecosystem need to conceive new action plans with the aim to achieve a sustainable exploitation, and simultaneously the maintenance of fishing activity.

The proposal will look for tailored solutions of the trawl fishery to the new EU Common Fishery Policy (EU CFP), it will assign both environmental and economic value of bycatch, reducing discards and making advance in the fishery joint management.

 

Centro Oceanográfico de Murcia - IEO
 
Jose Mª Bellido Millán

Email: josem.bellido@mu.ieo.es

  • LIFE + 3R FISH: Integral Management Model of recovery and recycling of the proper solid wastes from the fishing and port activities
  • 3R FISH is a project launched within the framework of the European programme LIFE+ (Component 2: Environment Policy and Governance, 2007) to be implemented over the period 2009-2011

    The main objective is to improve the quality of marine waters and seabed through the correct use of the devices and equipment that are handling in the fishing sector, together with the proper solid waste management and recycling from those activities.

    It represents a key component in a strategy of fisheries and ports’ sustainable development, according to the European Union (EU) policy guidelines, as the Common Fisheries Policy, the Integrated Maritime Policy, the Integrated Coastal Zone Management and the Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste.


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LIFE + 3R FISH: Integral Management Model of recovery and recycling of the proper solid wastes from the fishing and port activities
Lead Partner
Marine Technological Center - CETMAR Foundation (Spain)
Funding source
LIFE +
Lifetime
2009 - 2012
Abstract

3R FISH is a project launched within the framework of the European programme LIFE+ (Component 2: Environment Policy and Governance, 2007) to be implemented over the period 2009-2011

The main objective is to improve the quality of marine waters and seabed through the correct use of the devices and equipment that are handling in the fishing sector, together with the proper solid waste management and recycling from those activities.

It represents a key component in a strategy of fisheries and ports’ sustainable development, according to the European Union (EU) policy guidelines, as the Common Fisheries Policy, the Integrated Maritime Policy, the Integrated Coastal Zone Management and the Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste.

Marine Technological Center - CETMAR Foundation

C/ Eduardo Cabello s/n, 36208 (Bouzas) VIGO

Phone.: +34 986 247 047

info@cetmar.org

  • LIFE GESTINMER: System for the integral management of the wastes produced by the mussel cultured in rafts and longlines
  • The GESTINMER project aimed to develop an integrated system for the environmental management of the wastes produced by raft-cultured mussels.  The project anticipated to establish a system for extracting the sediments deposited under the mussel rafts and organise the selective sorting, collection and transportation of the wastes.

    A system would also be developed to make use of the recycled wastes to restoredegraded soils in areas around mines.

    The mussel produce would be involved at all stages of the project implementation in order to develop good working practices for waste management and for ecosystem preservation.

     


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Title
LIFE GESTINMER: System for the integral management of the wastes produced by the mussel cultured in rafts and longlines
Lead Partner
Marine Technological Center - CETMAR Foundation
Funding source
LIFE Programme
Lifetime
2004 - 2007
Abstract

The GESTINMER project aimed to develop an integrated system for the environmental management of the wastes produced by raft-cultured mussels.  The project anticipated to establish a system for extracting the sediments deposited under the mussel rafts and organise the selective sorting, collection and transportation of the wastes.

A system would also be developed to make use of the recycled wastes to restoredegraded soils in areas around mines.

The mussel produce would be involved at all stages of the project implementation in order to develop good working practices for waste management and for ecosystem preservation.

 

Marine Technological Center - CETMAR Foundation

C/ Eduardo Cabello s/n

36208 (Bouzas) VIGO

Phone: +34 986 247 047

info@cetmar.org

  • LIFE AGROWASTE
  • The objective of this project is to help companies of processed vegetables to making decision on the recovery of their waste and organic byproducts, clean technologies "a la carte".

    This is going to build a software tool (Intelligent Decision Support, SDI), allowing employers to easily obtain an economically profitable and environmentally friendly products for their waste or organic.

    This tool will have a large database of organic waste and by-products generated in processed vegetable companies in the Region of Murcia, and environmentally clean technologies able to exploit such waste. Will also extensive information on different technological possibilities of recovering organic wastes including economic and feasibility studies of the most interesting.


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Title
LIFE AGROWASTE
Lead Partner
The Centre of Edaphology and Applied Biology of the Segura River - Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research CEBAS - CSIC
Funding source
LIFE + Environment policy & Governance
Lifetime
2012 - 2014
Abstract

The objective of this project is to help companies of processed vegetables to making decision on the recovery of their waste and organic byproducts, clean technologies "a la carte".

This is going to build a software tool (Intelligent Decision Support, SDI), allowing employers to easily obtain an economically profitable and environmentally friendly products for their waste or organic.

This tool will have a large database of organic waste and by-products generated in processed vegetable companies in the Region of Murcia, and environmentally clean technologies able to exploit such waste. Will also extensive information on different technological possibilities of recovering organic wastes including economic and feasibility studies of the most interesting.

Margarita Ros (Project Manager)
CEBAS-CSIC
Campus Universitario de Espinardo. 30100 Murcia
Tel. 968 39 62 00
agrowaste@agrowaste.eu

  • FOOD WASTE TREATMENT Integrated process for a sustainable and cost effective food waste treatment
  • Food Waste Treatment is a collaboration project co-financed by the European Commission within the Life+ call for proposals, a programme that aims at fostering the environmental and competitive position of Europe by supporting cutting-edge solutions that protect the environment.

    The purpose of this project is to develop an innovative concept for the sustainable management of both packaged and unpackaged food waste through an optimisation of the reception systems, de-packaging systems and technologies for separation of the organic and inorganic fractions.

    To this end, new equipment for separation of food waste into two fractions will be devised to separate the organic matter from packagings, thus enabling to recover each fraction independently. The purpose is to offer a cheaper food waste management solution that is also more environmentally friendly.


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Title
FOOD WASTE TREATMENT Integrated process for a sustainable and cost effective food waste treatment
Lead Partner
Biogas Fuel Cell, S.A. (Spain)
Funding source
LIFE
Lifetime
2012 - 2015
Abstract

Food Waste Treatment is a collaboration project co-financed by the European Commission within the Life+ call for proposals, a programme that aims at fostering the environmental and competitive position of Europe by supporting cutting-edge solutions that protect the environment.

The purpose of this project is to develop an innovative concept for the sustainable management of both packaged and unpackaged food waste through an optimisation of the reception systems, de-packaging systems and technologies for separation of the organic and inorganic fractions.

To this end, new equipment for separation of food waste into two fractions will be devised to separate the organic matter from packagings, thus enabling to recover each fraction independently. The purpose is to offer a cheaper food waste management solution that is also more environmentally friendly.

Antonio Dominguez 

Biogas Fuel Cell, S. A. (BFC)

Parque Científico Tecnológico - Edificio Pisa

C/Ada Byron, nº 107, 1º izq.

33203 Gijón, Asturias

e-mail: a.dominguez@grupobfc.com

Phone: +34 984 292 020

  • DISCARDLESS - Strategies for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries
  • DiscardLess will help provide the knowledge, tools and technologies as well as the involvement of the stakeholders to achieve the gradual elimination of discarding. These will be integrated into Discard Mitigation Strategies (DMS) proposing cost-effective solutions at all stages of the seafood supply chain.

    The first focus is on preventing the unwanted catches from ever being caught. This will promote changes in gear using existing and innovative selectivity technology, and changes in fishing tactics based on fishers’ and scientists’ knowledge.

    The second focus is on making best use of the unavoidable unwanted catch. We will detail technical and marketing innovations from the deck, through the supply chain to the final market, including monitoring, traceability and valorization components


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Title
DISCARDLESS - Strategies for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries
Lead Partner
National Institute of Aquatic Resources - DTU Aqua (Denmark)
Funding source
EU Horizon 2020
Lifetime
2015 - 2019
Abstract

DiscardLess will help provide the knowledge, tools and technologies as well as the involvement of the stakeholders to achieve the gradual elimination of discarding. These will be integrated into Discard Mitigation Strategies (DMS) proposing cost-effective solutions at all stages of the seafood supply chain.

The first focus is on preventing the unwanted catches from ever being caught. This will promote changes in gear using existing and innovative selectivity technology, and changes in fishing tactics based on fishers’ and scientists’ knowledge.

The second focus is on making best use of the unavoidable unwanted catch. We will detail technical and marketing innovations from the deck, through the supply chain to the final market, including monitoring, traceability and valorization components

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
National Institute of Aquatic Resources
Section for Ecosystem-based Marine Management
Coordinator: Pr. Clara Ulrich
E-mail: clu@aqua.dtu.dk
Telephone: + 45 2115 7486 / + 45 3588 3300
  • LIFE + PISCES - Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem
  • PISCES (Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem) is a pioneering project linking people from the major sectors operating in the Celtic Sea.*

    These stakeholders are working together to find a way to manage their activities using the ‘ecosystem approach'. By thinking about the complex interactions in this marine ecosystem (including living and non-living components and human activities), they've created their own practical guide to safeguard a future for all.

    This innovative process is the first opportunity for people whose livelihoods depend on this region to translate EU policy into sustainable practice for a whole range of sectors spanning France, Ireland, England, Wales and Spain.


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Title
LIFE + PISCES - Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem
Lead Partner
WWF - World Wildlife Found
Funding source
LIFE +
Lifetime
2009 - 2012
Abstract

PISCES (Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem) is a pioneering project linking people from the major sectors operating in the Celtic Sea.*

These stakeholders are working together to find a way to manage their activities using the ‘ecosystem approach'. By thinking about the complex interactions in this marine ecosystem (including living and non-living components and human activities), they've created their own practical guide to safeguard a future for all.

This innovative process is the first opportunity for people whose livelihoods depend on this region to translate EU policy into sustainable practice for a whole range of sectors spanning France, Ireland, England, Wales and Spain.

General questions: pisces@wwf.es 

Contact in UK: pisces@wwf.org.uk

 


 

  • FISH SCALE - Food Information and Safeguard of Habitat a Sustainable Consumption Approach in Local Environment
  • The FISH SCALE project aims to address the problem of over-exploitation of marine resources and fishing discards by promoting a more sustainable use of the sea and by improving the protection of marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean. The project will seek to change the attitudes of consumers by increasing their awareness of the importance of by-catch species.

    The project will develop integrated communication and demonstration actions involving the whole supply chain of the fishing sector, together with the final consumers, so that they can become pro-active and discover mutual benefits in using currently neglected fish species.


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Title
FISH SCALE - Food Information and Safeguard of Habitat a Sustainable Consumption Approach in Local Environment
Lead Partner
Costa Edutainment S.p.A. (Acquario di Genova)
Funding source
LIFE
Lifetime
2010 - 2013
Abstract

The FISH SCALE project aims to address the problem of over-exploitation of marine resources and fishing discards by promoting a more sustainable use of the sea and by improving the protection of marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean. The project will seek to change the attitudes of consumers by increasing their awareness of the importance of by-catch species.

The project will develop integrated communication and demonstration actions involving the whole supply chain of the fishing sector, together with the final consumers, so that they can become pro-active and discover mutual benefits in using currently neglected fish species.

Project Manager: Bruna Valettini
Phone +390 102 345 268
Email: bvalettini@acquariodigenova.it

  • WASTE-C-CONTROL - Waste management options for greenhouse gases emissions control
  • The WASTE-C-CONTROL project aimed to reduce GHG emissions by developing a software tool to assess, monitor, control and report on the emissions resulting from the entire life cycle of solid waste management activities.

    Using a systematic approach, different waste management options were assessed with regards to their GHG emissions, with the goal of enabling the project to identify procedures and practical tools within Local Action Plans (LAPs).

    The project aimed to reduce GHG emissions in pilot studies in three regions in Greece: Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Western Macedonia, and Chania (Crete).


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Title
WASTE-C-CONTROL - Waste management options for greenhouse gases emissions control
Lead Partner
EPEM SA - Environmental Planning, Engineering and Management (Greece)
Funding source
LIFE
Lifetime
2010 - 2013
Abstract

The WASTE-C-CONTROL project aimed to reduce GHG emissions by developing a software tool to assess, monitor, control and report on the emissions resulting from the entire life cycle of solid waste management activities.

Using a systematic approach, different waste management options were assessed with regards to their GHG emissions, with the goal of enabling the project to identify procedures and practical tools within Local Action Plans (LAPs).

The project aimed to reduce GHG emissions in pilot studies in three regions in Greece: Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Western Macedonia, and Chania (Crete).

Project Manager: A. MAVROPOULOS

Phone: +30-210-8627598 

Email: amavrop@epem.gr

  • LIFE + SIG AGROASESOR - Customized Advanced GIS advisory Tools for the sustainable management of extensive crops
  • The sigAGROasesor project aims to develop and refine a series of Decision Support Tools (DST) for extensive agriculture. These tools will make it possible to create a web platform offering on-line services to farmers, directed at allowing them to work more efficiently, effectively and competitively yet always in line with environmental and social sustainability.

    The sigAGROasesor on-line services platform comprises three pillars on which this expert system and decision-support tool are based:

           • The application of the latest GIS technologies in the management of geo-referenced information, to make use of soil variability, climate, crop condition, plant health alerts, and biotic and abiotic risks in the decision-making process.

           • The use of web-based Decision Support Tools (DST) to systematise the decision-making processes.

           • The use of Geo- referenced Traceability as a tool to manage the records of the Crop Management Units.

    The Decision Support Tools (DST) will provide recommendations on the following issues: crop varieties, fertilization, irrigation, and risk of plagues, diseases and weeds.


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Title
LIFE + SIG AGROASESOR - Customized Advanced GIS advisory Tools for the sustainable management of extensive crops
Lead Partner
INTIA, SA (Spain)
Funding source
LIFE +
Lifetime
2012 - 2015
Abstract

The sigAGROasesor project aims to develop and refine a series of Decision Support Tools (DST) for extensive agriculture. These tools will make it possible to create a web platform offering on-line services to farmers, directed at allowing them to work more efficiently, effectively and competitively yet always in line with environmental and social sustainability.

The sigAGROasesor on-line services platform comprises three pillars on which this expert system and decision-support tool are based:

       • The application of the latest GIS technologies in the management of geo-referenced information, to make use of soil variability, climate, crop condition, plant health alerts, and biotic and abiotic risks in the decision-making process.

       • The use of web-based Decision Support Tools (DST) to systematise the decision-making processes.

       • The use of Geo- referenced Traceability as a tool to manage the records of the Crop Management Units.

The Decision Support Tools (DST) will provide recommendations on the following issues: crop varieties, fertilization, irrigation, and risk of plagues, diseases and weeds.

Project Manager: Alberto Lafarga
Phone: +34 948 013 056
Email: alafarga@itga.com

  • LIFE AGROLCA MANAGER - Software for sustainable environmental management in agribusiness
  • The LIFE + AGROLCA MANAGER project aims at supporting Agrifood businesses, especially SMEs, to become more sustainable by managing the main environmental impacts associated to the use of resources and waste generation while minimizing environmental impact throughout Life Cycle of products.

    This will be achieved by providing companies with a software tool adapted to the calculation of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the Agrifood industry, which has a strong emphasis on processes associated with Best Available Techniques.


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Title
LIFE AGROLCA MANAGER - Software for sustainable environmental management in agribusiness
Lead Partner
Neiker - Tecnalia (Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development)
Funding source
LIFE +
Lifetime
2011 - 2014
Abstract

The LIFE + AGROLCA MANAGER project aims at supporting Agrifood businesses, especially SMEs, to become more sustainable by managing the main environmental impacts associated to the use of resources and waste generation while minimizing environmental impact throughout Life Cycle of products.

This will be achieved by providing companies with a software tool adapted to the calculation of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the Agrifood industry, which has a strong emphasis on processes associated with Best Available Techniques.

Neiker-Tecnalia

Bizkaiko Parke Teknologikoa, 812.L. – E-48160-Derio (Bizkaia, Spain)

Phone: +34 944 034 300 

E-mail: gbesga@neiker.net

  • MINOUW - Science, Technology and Society inititiative to minimize unwanted catches in European Fisheries
  • The project’s overall objective is to minimise unwanted catches by incentivising the adoption of fishing technologies and practices that reduce pre-harvest mortality and post-harvest discards, while avoiding damage to sensitive marine species and habitats.

    The general approach will be to develop and demonstrate technical/technological and socioeconomic solutions that enable and incentivise the fisher to firstly avoid taking unwanted catch and, where this cannot be reasonably or practically achieved, to utilise it productively and sustainably, but without profit to the producer.


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Title
MINOUW - Science, Technology and Society inititiative to minimize unwanted catches in European Fisheries
Lead Partner
Marine Sciences Institute - CSIC
Funding source
EU H2020 RIA
Lifetime
2015 - 2019
Abstract

The project’s overall objective is to minimise unwanted catches by incentivising the adoption of fishing technologies and practices that reduce pre-harvest mortality and post-harvest discards, while avoiding damage to sensitive marine species and habitats.

The general approach will be to develop and demonstrate technical/technological and socioeconomic solutions that enable and incentivise the fisher to firstly avoid taking unwanted catch and, where this cannot be reasonably or practically achieved, to utilise it productively and sustainably, but without profit to the producer.

Marine Sciences Institute, CSIC

Psg Maritim de la Barceloneta 37-49. 08003 Barcelona. SPAIN

secredir@icm.csic.es

  • SECUREFISH FP7 - Improving food security by reducing post harvest losses in the fisheries sector
  • Food security is a major concern for all countries in the face of population increase and diminishing energy and water supplies. Over one billion people in low and middle income countries suffer from malnutrition. To meet the UN Millennium Development Goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, it is essential to reduce post harvest losses, including in the fisheries sector.
     
    The overall objectives of SECUREFISH are to:
     

           • Strengthen capacity in low cost technology

           • Improve the preservation of existing fish supplies

           • Utilise waste and by-catch to produce value-added products

           • Develop an integrated quality management tool

           • Test the developed technology and quality management tools in different real third country conditions

     


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Title
SECUREFISH FP7 - Improving food security by reducing post harvest losses in the fisheries sector
Lead Partner
University of Surrey, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (UK)
Funding source
European Union's Seventh Framework Programme
Lifetime
2012 - 2015
Abstract
Food security is a major concern for all countries in the face of population increase and diminishing energy and water supplies. Over one billion people in low and middle income countries suffer from malnutrition. To meet the UN Millennium Development Goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, it is essential to reduce post harvest losses, including in the fisheries sector.
 
The overall objectives of SECUREFISH are to:
 

       • Strengthen capacity in low cost technology

       • Improve the preservation of existing fish supplies

       • Utilise waste and by-catch to produce value-added products

       • Develop an integrated quality management tool

       • Test the developed technology and quality management tools in different real third country conditions

 

Professor Nazlin K Howell BSc PhD CChem FRSC FIFST FRSA 
 
Professor of Food Biochemistry 
University of Surrey 
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences 
Guildford, 
Surrey GU2 7XH 
United Kingdom
 
Tel No: +44 1483 686448 
Fax No: +44 1483 686401
  • ECOPUERTO - Clean and Solidarity Coastal Waters
  • The project turns around two main goals: to get a reduction of pollutants in the coastal fisheries of Granada (Spain) and achieve a change in the image that exists in public opinion about professionals of the artisanal fisheries sector; so that they become considered as active agents in the conservation of the marine environment as well as a solidarity sector with the most disadvantaged strata of society.


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Title
ECOPUERTO - Clean and Solidarity Coastal Waters
Lead Partner
Cátedra RELEC, University of Cádiz
Funding source
European Fisheries Fund (EFF)
Lifetime
2013 - 2014
Abstract

The project turns around two main goals: to get a reduction of pollutants in the coastal fisheries of Granada (Spain) and achieve a change in the image that exists in public opinion about professionals of the artisanal fisheries sector; so that they become considered as active agents in the conservation of the marine environment as well as a solidarity sector with the most disadvantaged strata of society.

RELEC - Cathedra

University of Cádiz

enrique.montero@uca.es

Phone: +34 956 01 61 51

http:/www.catedrarelec.es

  • DESMAN:Study on possibilities for manipulation of unwanted catch on board within the main fleets of Euskadi (inshore, deep-sea and small-scale fishing gear)
  • The overall objective of this project is to identify and characterize the best options for each of the major fishing fleets Euskadi (fresh deep-sea fishing, inshore fishing and minor arts) to integrate the increased workload and reduced space for handling unwanted catches within their work processes, on the deck, fishing park and hold.
     
    All this taking into account the specifications imposed by the regulation and on the basis of permissible uses / destinations for such unwanted catch.

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Title
DESMAN:Study on possibilities for manipulation of unwanted catch on board within the main fleets of Euskadi (inshore, deep-sea and small-scale fishing gear)
Lead Partner
AZTI - TECNALIA - Bizkaia Technology Park (Vasque Country, Spain)
Funding source
European Fisheries Fund (EEF)
Lifetime
2014 - 2014
Abstract
The overall objective of this project is to identify and characterize the best options for each of the major fishing fleets Euskadi (fresh deep-sea fishing, inshore fishing and minor arts) to integrate the increased workload and reduced space for handling unwanted catches within their work processes, on the deck, fishing park and hold.
 
All this taking into account the specifications imposed by the regulation and on the basis of permissible uses / destinations for such unwanted catch.

Bizkaia Technology Park - AZTI TECNALIA

Astondo Bidea, Ed. 609 

48160 Derio, Bizkaia

info@azti.es

 

  • METABIORESOR - Integrated Pilot Plant for complete energy recovery of different municipal and livestock waste materials and by-products.
  • The Metabioresor project is co-financed by the European Union LIFE+ program (call 2008) and the Autonomous Community of Murcia (Spain). It aims to solve the environmental and economic problems caused by the disposal of livestock by-products and waste (pig manure, slaughterhouse residues…) and some municipal non-recyclable by-products and waste.

    In order to do so, the project will demonstrate that energy can be efficiently recovered from these wastes, which become raw materials for energy production through a process that generates more energy than it consumes. Thus, this method can become a source of income for local or regional governments, large farms, farmer’s cooperatives and associations and waste managers.

    The main action of the project is to develop a new industrial process that integrates various physicochemical processes: hydrolysis of various organic by-products, methane fermentation, digestates recovery and biomass combustion. All this is combined in a pilot plant that is capable of treating different types of waste and by-products.

    At the same time, the project seeks to make active efforts to disseminate its technologies and procedures to facilitate their implementation in other areas.

    Through its actions, the project Metabioresor aims to demonstrate the feasibility of this process and provide the technical and economic adjustments to its different phases allowing for the construction of full-scale plants. These plants, for example, could be used by municipalities, cooperatives and large pig farms for the management of waste and by-products. Return on investment would be ensured by the energy produced and the environmental problem would be resolved.


Ficha del proyecto


Title
METABIORESOR - Integrated Pilot Plant for complete energy recovery of different municipal and livestock waste materials and by-products.
Lead Partner
IMIDA - Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Development
Funding source
LIFE+ Environmental Policy and Governance
Lifetime
2010 - 2015
Abstract

The Metabioresor project is co-financed by the European Union LIFE+ program (call 2008) and the Autonomous Community of Murcia (Spain). It aims to solve the environmental and economic problems caused by the disposal of livestock by-products and waste (pig manure, slaughterhouse residues…) and some municipal non-recyclable by-products and waste.

In order to do so, the project will demonstrate that energy can be efficiently recovered from these wastes, which become raw materials for energy production through a process that generates more energy than it consumes. Thus, this method can become a source of income for local or regional governments, large farms, farmer’s cooperatives and associations and waste managers.

The main action of the project is to develop a new industrial process that integrates various physicochemical processes: hydrolysis of various organic by-products, methane fermentation, digestates recovery and biomass combustion. All this is combined in a pilot plant that is capable of treating different types of waste and by-products.

At the same time, the project seeks to make active efforts to disseminate its technologies and procedures to facilitate their implementation in other areas.

Through its actions, the project Metabioresor aims to demonstrate the feasibility of this process and provide the technical and economic adjustments to its different phases allowing for the construction of full-scale plants. These plants, for example, could be used by municipalities, cooperatives and large pig farms for the management of waste and by-products. Return on investment would be ensured by the energy produced and the environmental problem would be resolved.

  • MAPDESCAR Project - Atlas of fish discards of the trawl and driftnet fishing fleet in the Northeast Cantabrian National fishing ground
  • The scope of the project is to build a tool that will facilitate characterizing fish discards in the Northeast Cantabrian National fishing ground. The Atlas comprises a web tool to plot maps after selection of specie, fishing art and year.

    The project employs scientific data recorded by observers working on-board commercial vessels who have collaborated with the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO). The information is analyzed by the IEO to:

    • Characterize fish discards along last years and plot spatio-temporal maps in the Northeast Cantabrian National fishing ground.
    • Get an approach to main causes that may explain fish discards intensity and its impact in terms of biomass and biodiversity on the trawl and driftnet fishing fleet in the Northeast Cantabrian National fishing ground.

    The Atlas allows to establish the bases for elaborating the fish discards plans and the long-term fishing plans, requirement of the new Common Fisheries Policy.

    The main project outcomes are:

    Atlas of fish discards of the trawl and driftnet fishing fleet in the Northeast Cantabrian National fishing ground.

    Visual guide of demersal species of the continental shelf of Galicia and the Cantabrian Sea (Fishes).

    Visual guide of demersal species of the continental shelf of Galicia and the Cantabrian Sea (Invertebrates).

    Link to MAPDESCAR web viewer


Ficha del proyecto


Title
MAPDESCAR Project - Atlas of fish discards of the trawl and driftnet fishing fleet in the Northeast Cantabrian National fishing ground
Lead Partner
Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO)
Funding source
Fundación Biodiversidad (Spain)
Lifetime
2014 - 2014
Abstract

The scope of the project is to build a tool that will facilitate characterizing fish discards in the Northeast Cantabrian National fishing ground. The Atlas comprises a web tool to plot maps after selection of specie, fishing art and year.

The project employs scientific data recorded by observers working on-board commercial vessels who have collaborated with the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO). The information is analyzed by the IEO to:

  • Characterize fish discards along last years and plot spatio-temporal maps in the Northeast Cantabrian National fishing ground.
  • Get an approach to main causes that may explain fish discards intensity and its impact in terms of biomass and biodiversity on the trawl and driftnet fishing fleet in the Northeast Cantabrian National fishing ground.

The Atlas allows to establish the bases for elaborating the fish discards plans and the long-term fishing plans, requirement of the new Common Fisheries Policy.

The main project outcomes are:

Atlas of fish discards of the trawl and driftnet fishing fleet in the Northeast Cantabrian National fishing ground.

Visual guide of demersal species of the continental shelf of Galicia and the Cantabrian Sea (Fishes).

Visual guide of demersal species of the continental shelf of Galicia and the Cantabrian Sea (Invertebrates).

Link to MAPDESCAR web viewer

  • LIFE SEACAN - Reducing the pressure of fish canneries on the marine environment with novel effluent treatment and ecosystem monitoring
  • The LIFE SEACAN project will foster the reduction of the environmental impact caused by the fish transforming industries by addressing the integrated management of nutrients and organic pollution for the achievement of the Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive requirements. The results attained for the study developed in the Galician coastline can be transferred to other coastal areas in Europe, where industrial activity is causing the same environmental problems that are being faced by Galician estuaries.

    Objective: To reduce the environmental pressure exerted in the marine environment by the effluents generated by fish canneries located in coastal areas. LIFE SEACAN aims at demonstrating effective treatment systems that will allow to decrease the impact of the industrial activity on marine ecosystems. Environmental pressure will be reduced by application of biofilm-based effluent treatment systems and the effect of proposed treatment technology will be assessed by benthic ecosystem monitoring.


Ficha del proyecto


Title
LIFE SEACAN - Reducing the pressure of fish canneries on the marine environment with novel effluent treatment and ecosystem monitoring
Lead Partner
Fundación Centro Gallego de Investigaciones del Agua, Cetaqua
Funding source
LIFE ENVIRONMENT
Lifetime
2015 - 2019
Abstract

The LIFE SEACAN project will foster the reduction of the environmental impact caused by the fish transforming industries by addressing the integrated management of nutrients and organic pollution for the achievement of the Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive requirements. The results attained for the study developed in the Galician coastline can be transferred to other coastal areas in Europe, where industrial activity is causing the same environmental problems that are being faced by Galician estuaries.

Objective: To reduce the environmental pressure exerted in the marine environment by the effluents generated by fish canneries located in coastal areas. LIFE SEACAN aims at demonstrating effective treatment systems that will allow to decrease the impact of the industrial activity on marine ecosystems. Environmental pressure will be reduced by application of biofilm-based effluent treatment systems and the effect of proposed treatment technology will be assessed by benthic ecosystem monitoring.

irodriguezve@cetaqua.com