AGROCYCLE - H2020 project

The AGROCYCLE consortium - in which CEMA is a partner organisation - was selected for funding by the European Commission under the Waste-7-2015 topic as part of the Horizon 2020 call for proposals 2014-2015.

The 3-year large-scale project, lead by the University College of Dublin, involves 25 partners from the EU, Hong Kong and Mainland China and will look for innovative technologies that will increase the sustainable use of agricultural waste (crop residues and livestock effluents), co-products and by-products.

What is the main goal?

AGROCYCLE will aim at developing and demonstrate a protocol to deliver a 10% increase in agricultural waste valorisation by 2020 and contribute to the European policy target of reducing food waste by 50% in 2030 as well as contributing to enhance greater sustainability in China in this field.

What will be done?

  • Understanding and mapping the agri-food waste streams and finding out the various valorisation pathways with their high-value products
  • Optimised design for multi-feedstock biofuels production with higher conversion yield and improved functionalities
  • Optimised biofertilisers production and use
  • Development of a generic modular design for valorisation and reuse of nutritional wastewaters from the agri-food processing industries
  • Integrated, flexible multi-feedstock extraction of proteins, fibres and SPMs from horticultural waste
  • Implementation of a multi-actor joint stakeholder platform for knowledge exchange
  • Definition of sustainable value chains and new models for business

The AGROCYCLE project will start in 2016 and will run for 36 months. CEMA is looking forward to starting the work with all partners and to actively contributing to the success of the project.