The project, “Technology transfer and exchange on recovery of waste from the vegetable processing industry” holds its kick-off meeting.
The ERDF finances 75% of the cost of the inclusion of the project in the South-West Europe Territorial Cooperation Programme (SUDOE).
A problem that concerns the agrofood industry and administrations in Europe is what to do with the waste. . The search for solutions that will benefit the environment and that will be a source of added value for companies centres an innovative research line in Europe. The project, “Technology transfer and exchange on recovery of waste from the vegetable processing industry”, coordinated by La Rioja, aims to provide solutions for SMEs in the south-west of Europe.
The problem of waste is especially serious in areas where there are a lot of agrofood industries, such as the area of south-west Europe (France, Portugal and Spain) and, more specifically, in regions with an important presence of vegetable processing industries (La Rioja, Navarra and Aragon). Thus, research centres and business associations from the food and energy sectors of the area covered by the South-West European Space Territorial Cooperation Programme (SUDOE) have formed an association to provide SMEs with the necessary instruments to manage their waste and give them uses that produce an added value.
The main objective of the project, “Technology transfer and exchange on the recovery of waste from the vegetable processing industry” is to identify, experiment, validate and disseminate technologies for the processing and recovery of waste for their application in vegetable processing companies of the area of the SUDOE (Portugal, France, Spain and Gibraltar).
The research also pursues several secondary objectives such as collecting available information on the generation, processing and recovery of waste from the vegetable processing industry, identifying the best available technologies, favouring the exchange of experiences and development of pilot experiments, facilitating the dissemination of technologies among the SMEs and contributing to the development of an eco-innovation sector.
The budget for the project amounts to 1,226,235.48 Euros, 75 percent of which will be financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that the SUDOE Programme, which has included this R&D&I work, is fostered by.
Partners from France, Portugal and Spain
The consortium, integrated by seven partners from Spain, Portugal and France, has met in Lorgroño to start the research work. The technical kick-off meeting has analysed the association agreement, the financing and, among other aspects, has established the different work lines to develop the project, which will be executed over a 26-month period.
The consortium is coordinated by the Association for Research Development and Food Innovation of La Rioja (AIDIA), which works in collaboration with ASICAR. Both associations are managing bodies of the CITA and CTIC, respectively. The other partners are: The Spanish Federation of Food and Drink Industries (FIAB), of national scope in Spain; the National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER), the Food Research Unit of AZTI (Euskadi), APESA- ASS pour l’ Environnement el la Securité en Aquitaine (France), the Centre d’Application et de Transfert des Agroressources (CRT CATAR-CRITT) (France) and the Portuguese CVR –Centro para a Valorização de Residuos.
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