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Demonstrable and replicable cluster implementing systemic solutions through multilevel circular value chains for eco-efficient valorization of fishing and fish industries side-streams

Project description

From fish waste to value-added ingredients

The EU-funded EcoeFISHent project will develop innovative biomass pre-treatment and extraction technologies. Its aim is to enable sustainable and efficient exploitation of fish-processing side streams by obtaining bio-actives and galantine for high value-added food supplements and skin care products, as well as biodegradable and compostable barrier layers for food packaging. Moreover, other fishing industry side streams will be converted into soil fertilisers, oil for biodiesel and chitin for cosmetic applications. Even old fishing nets will find new life through their conversion into polymer-based automotive components and packaging for cosmetic products. The project’s overall aim is to demonstrate a replicable systemic and sustainable cluster for territorial deployment of a climate-neutral circular economy.

Objective

EcoeFISHent demonstrates a replicable systemic and sustainable cluster for territorial deployment of the climate-neutral circular economy by creating six multilevel and synergic circular value chains (CVC) interconnecting blue- and green-economies to reconcile human industrial and economic activities with marine ecosystems and marine protected areas.
The EcoeFISHent innovative bio-mass pre-treatment and extraction technologies will enable sustainable and efficient exploitation of fish processing side-streams (FPS) by obtaining bio-actives and galantine for high value-added food supplements and skin care products, biodegradable and compostable barrier layer for food packaging. Other fishing- and fish-industry side-streams (FFS) will undergo the Black Soldier Fly bioconversion to yield innovative soil fertilizer, oil for biodiesel and chitin for cosmetic applications. End of life fishing nets from aquaculture and fisheries will be recycled and converted into automotive polymer-based components and into packaging for cosmetic products. The multilevel interconnected cluster will be managed by a cloud-based platform communicating with physical IoT systems enabling safe and efficient operation of the logistic and transport infrastructure. The cluster busines model and the cluster digital twin will allow simulating critical and optimal scenarios for quantitative analysis of cluster performance measured by dedicated KPIs, also enabling the assessment of the cluster replicability in other geographic areas and fostering investments pipelines. Community and stakeholder?s involvement will be promoted also in the implementation of specific actions for marine ecosystem preservation by modeling, application of better practices and technologies for strongly reducing by-catch and for stopping ghost gears. Social and justice inclusion programs will be implemented by employing disadvantaged individuals, to increase overall cluster employment and to apply distributive justice criteria

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-GD-2020

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Sub call

H2020-LC-GD-2020-3

Coordinator

FINANZIARIA LIGURE PER LO SVILUPPOECONOMICO FI.L.S.E. SPA
Net EU contribution
€ 845 358,75
Address
VIA PESCHIERA 16
16122 Genova
Italy

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Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Other
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Total cost
€ 945 358,75

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