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Innovative approaches to turn agricultural waste into ecological and economic assets

Project description

Turning agro-waste into eco-efficient assets

For decades, agricultural waste has posed a challenge. As the global population continues to grow, so does the demand for food production. This increased production inevitably leads to a surge in agricultural waste, which includes crop residues, animal manure and food processing by-products. In this context, the EU-funded NoAW project recognises the urgent need for environmentally responsible solutions. Specifically, the project will develop eco-design tools and strategies for circular agro-waste management, filling crucial knowledge gaps through an extensive exchange on the Knowledge Exchange Stakeholders Platform. By upgrading existing conversion technologies and designing cascading processes, this project will create high-value bio-energy, bio-fertilisers, bio-chemicals and building blocks, reducing our reliance on non-renewable resources while minimising air, water and soil impacts.

Objective

NoAW : No Agro-Waste.
Innovative approaches to turn agricultural waste into ecological and economic assets.
Driven by a “near zero-waste” society requirement, the goal of NoAW project is to generate innovative efficient approaches to convert growing agricultural waste issues into eco-efficient bio-based products opportunities with direct benefits for both environment, economy and EU consumer. To achieve this goal, the NoAW concept relies on developing holistic life cycle thinking able to support environmentally responsible R&D innovations on agro-waste conversion at different TRLs, in the light of regional and seasonal specificities, not forgetting risks emerging from circular management of agro-wastes (e.g. contaminants accumulation).
By involving all agriculture chain stakeholders in a territorial perspective, the project will:
(1) develop innovative eco-design and hybrid assessment tools of circular agro-waste management strategies and address related gap of knowledge and data via extensive exchange through the Knowledge exchange Stakeholders Platform,
(2) develop breakthrough knowledge on agro-waste molecular complexity and heterogeneity in order to upgrade the most widespread mature conversion technology (anaerobic digestion) and to synergistically eco-design robust cascading processes to fully convert agro-waste into a set of high added value bio-energy, bio-fertilizers and bio-chemicals and building blocks, able to substitute a significant range of non-renewable equivalents, with favourable air, water and soil impacts
and (3) get insights of the complexity of potentially new, cross-sectors, business clusters in order to fast track NoAW strategies toward the field and develop new business concepts and stakeholders platform for cross-chain valorisation of agro-waste on a territorial and seasonal basis.

Call for proposal

H2020-WASTE-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-WASTE-2015-two-stage

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
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€ 1 084 227,50
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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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