Innovative approaches to turn agricultural waste into ecological and economic assets


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 biochemicals 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.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Annamaria Celli

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali
Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

Inra Cnrgv(France)

Other Participants:
Confagricoltura-Confederazione Generale dell’Agricoltura Italiana (Italy)
Apesa-Association Pour L'Environnement Et La Securite En Aquitaine (France)
Fraunhofer Ipa (Germany)
Innoven Srl (Italy)
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Dlo Food And Biobased) (Netherlands)
Vinarija Aleksandrović Doo Vinča (Serbia)
Chinese Academy Of Agricultural Sciences (China)
Sun Yat-Sen University (China)
Grap'Sud Societe Cooperative Agricole (France)
Campden Bri Magyarorszag Nonprofit Kft. (Hungary)
INSTITUT ZA ARHITEKTURU I URBANIZAM SRBIJE-Institute of Architecture, Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia (Serbia)
Rise Research Institutes Of Sweden Ab - Rise (Sweden)
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark)
Aalborg Universitet (Denmark)
Inra Transfert Sa (France)
IFV (French Vine and Wine Institute ) (France)
Schiesslhof GbR (Germany)
Vermicon Aktiengesellschaft (Germany)
Instituto De Biologia Experimental E Tecnologica (Portugal)
Industrial Technology Research Institute Incorporated (Taiwan)
Ningbo Tianan Biologic Material Co. Ltd (China)
City University of Hong Kong (China)
Ecozept Gbr (Germany)
Ibbk Fachgruppe Biogas Gmbh (Germany)
National Technical University of Athens - NTUA (Greece)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Sofies Sa (Switzerland)
"Sapienza" Universita' Di Roma (Italy)
Universite De Montpellier (France)
Agriport A7 B.V. (Netherlands)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 6.887.570,00
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/10/2016
End Date: 30/09/2020

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Sustainable cities This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688338