LIFE VERTALIM project collaborates with other projects with similar goals or methodologies in order to establish synergies and create a network that improves all parts:
TAPAS is a four-year EU Horizon 2020 collaborative research project, which began in March 2016. It aims to promote and consolidate the environmental sustainability of the European aquaculture. Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector in the world. However, the EU self-sufficiency in terms of seafood is low, with nearly 70% of the seafood consumed being imported. To turn this situation, EU member states prepared national strategies for an ambitious 25% growth by 2020. The TAPAS project will provide scientific research data to support this action.
The LIFE ALGAECAN project (LIFE16 ENV/ES/000180) will promote the fulfilment of important directives and EU priorities, such as the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC, the Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste, Directive 2008/1/EC on the integrated prevention and pollution control (IPPC) and Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of renewable energies in the European Union by treating fruit and vegetable processing wastewaters industry through solar-powered micro-algae plant.
The technology to be applied in the project is an innovative concept for wastewater treatment, reuse and resource recovery to obtain a high quality water stream and reusable. The treatment proposed for high loaded and salty effluents is simple, from a technological point of view, with low costs associated to the treatment (both process and energy) and it would be carried out in-situ. The prototype will be powered by renewable energies (solar energy supported by biomass), which will minimise the carbon footprint and operating costs of the process. The final effluent quality will be very high, allowing reuse for equipment cleaning and irrigation purposes.
The main objective of LIFE BAQUA project is to establish a new circular economy approach to take advantage of wastes from banana plantation (pseudo stem of the plant). From this pseudo stem, and using mechanical processing, two different raw materials are obtained: high quality natural fibres from one side and the residual pulp on the other side. Treated fibre is going to be used to obtain natural reinforced composites, which, as such, may be applied to the automotive sector, as well as bio-based films, which can be employed, among other applications, in the plantation for agricultural use and in the packaging of fish feed. With the residual pulp, as a great technological innovation, it will be held the development of antioxidant additives which serve as a supplement in the production of fish diets for aquaculture.
LIFE BEVERAGE PROJECT aims to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases caused by beverage production through a new process technology that will be piloted at breweries in Belgium and UK. The fundamental principles of the most energy consuming step in the brewing process are being questioned and carefully re-verse engineered. The main objectives of the project are to reduce water usage to a leading-edge 3.2 hectoliters per hectoliter of production, the energy usage by at least 10% per hectoliter of production on top of the level and finally, the greenhouse gas emissions in beverage production by another 10% per hectoliter of production.
The main objective of LIFE REFRESHMENT is to develop an innovative method for the reuse of spent grain as a raw material for the production of two types of non -alcoholic beverages. The first will be a clear organic fermented and carbonated drink. The second will be a healthy cereal-based breakfast drink, containing fibre and probiotics. Moreover, the by-products generated during the production of the healthy beverages from spent grain will potentially again be re-used for the production of cereal bars.
AgroCycle is a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project addressing the recycling and valorisation of waste from the agri-food sector. The project takes a holistic approach to understanding and addressing how to make best use of the full range of waste streams associated with the agri-food industry. It will deliver the AgroCycle Protocol, a blueprint for achieving sustainable agri-food waste valorisation.
The overarching goal of ParaFishControl is to increase the sustainability and competitiveness of the European aquaculture industry by improving our understanding of fish-parasite interactions and by developing innovative solutions and tools for the prevention, control and mitigation of the most harmful parasitic species affecting the main European farmed fish species.
Bacteriophages (or phages) are organisms that infect and destroy target bacteria. In recent years, bacteriophages have been postulated as alternative to antibiotics in aquaculture. At low scale, researchers have obtained very promising results, but utilization at industrial scale will require knowing the environmental impact of phages, especially on bacteria ecology. This project seeks to address this gap between laboratory and industrial scale treatment. Based on genetic technologies, this project will study the effect of bacteriophages on environmental and intestinal bacteria communities.
The aim of DiscardLess is to provide the knowledge, tools, and methods required for the successful reduction of discards in European fisheries. To achieve this, DiscardLess is working through collaborations between scientists, stakeholders and policy makers to support and promote practical, achievable, acceptable and cost-effective discards mitigation strategies, and to make the EU landing obligation functional, credible and legitimate.
PerformFISH has the direct support and endorsement of the MMFF industry, with producers’ associations from Greece, Spain, Italy, France and Croatia directly involved as partners in the project. 92.8% of all sea bream and sea bass production in the EU is represented through their membership. Their involvement will ensure that the needs of the sector are met and knowledge is transferred effectively to their members. PerformFISH will work to ensure sustainable growth of the MMFF industry, based on consumer perceptions and real market requirements. It aims to support fish farms to operate not only in optimal economic and environmental conditions, but also in a socially and culturally responsible manner.
The LIFE-FOODWASTEPREV project aims to change attitudes to food waste in Hungary, leading to a reduction in the quantity of such waste generated by Hungarian households. Specific objectives are as follows:
- To raise awareness about food waste among primary school children;
- To establish four working groups to develop good practices for stakeholders in the food chain;
- To feed conclusions from the working groups into the legislative process on food waste;
- To network with other EU countries to learn from their experiences of food waste prevention campaigns;
- To widely disseminate the results of the project by networking with organisations across the EU.
LIFE-PLA4COFFEE project n. ENV/IT/000744 will validate the use on industrial level of new polymer formulations with improved functional properties and based on commercial poly(lactic acid) (PLA) grades primarily for the production of compostable coffee capsules but also for the production of other consumer goods.
The technical results, expected within the two years of the project, can be summarized as follow:
- A fine-tuned PLA formulation able to meet processing conditions and performance criteria;
- Prototypes of new coffee capsules with 100% fossil feedstock reduction and the same, if not improved, performances;
- A specifically designed pre-industrial compounding plant;
- Moulding and compression technologies adequately adapted to the new material and demonstrating the feasibility of the new solution to the whole plastic industry.
REFRESH is an EU research project taking action against food waste. 26 partners from 12 European countries and China work towards the project's goal to contribute towards Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 of halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level and reducing food losses along production and supply chains, reducing waste management costs, and maximizing the value from un-avoidable food waste and packaging materials.
LIFE YEAST aims to develop a new methodology to process (hydrolise) BSY into valuable constituents that can be used as raw materials with high market value in a wide range of industrial applications. The constituent parts include customised yeast extract , yeast cell wall , partially autolysed yeast, and bioactive peptides.
MedAID (Mediterranean Aquaculture Integrated Development) is a four-year project, funded by the European Union in the frame of Horizon 2020, grant agreement number 727315. The goal of MedAID is to increase the overall competitiveness and sustainability of the Mediterranean marine fish-farming sector, throughout the whole value chain.
LIFE-ANSWER will demonstrate an integrated and innovative technology for treating wastewater from breweries, and other food and drink sectors. In particular, the proposed technology will combine electrocoagulation and bioelectrogenesis microbial treatments for the complete (100%) removal of wastewater pollutants.