The project coordinated by Agricultores de la Vega of Valencia is included within the framework of the Horizon 2020 research program “Food security, sustainable agriculture and Forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy” (H2020-S CE-SFS-25.2018 ). It will be developed during 48 months and has a global budget of almost 11 million Euros. The Consortium consists of 27 participants, Bio-Bean Uk, Draxis Grècia, Valencia City Council, Aimplas, TBW (Finland), Metsa (Finland), National Technical University of Athens, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, Novamont (Italy), Nafigate (Czech Republic), Crever (Belgium), CIRCE Foundation, Tierra y chufa, Biosense (Servía), Imecal and Universitat d’Alicant among others.
The project will integrate different industrial bio-processes that establish a system that will transform different urban organic waste into nine products such as gelatins, valuable chemical principles for the bio-chemical industry (bioplastics, cosmetics, etc.), insect proteins, bioethanol, bio -solvents and even Biochar (coal) to improve fertilizers in agriculture in a sustainable manner. The technical phase of the project will be developed in Valencia-Alicante, Uk (London), Czech Republic (Prague), Italian (Terni), Greece (Athens and Greta).
This project aims to boost the bio-economy in the EU as it brings advantages, such as a reduction in the dependence of oil-producing countries through the substitution of fossil resources, the promotion of the use of local raw materials and the activation of rural economies , reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and promotion of job creation, economic growth and reindustrialization.