Welcome to AgroCycle's Newsletter

AgroCycle started on the 1st June 2016 and this Newsletter is to let you know what we've been up to and inform you of possible events that might be of interest to you around Europe. 

AgroCycle is a H2020 funded project that will undertake a holistic analysis of agri-food waste value chains, from farm-to-table, including livestock and crop production, food processing and the retail sector. It will address a wide range of valorisation pathways, including: bio-fuels, high value-added biopolymers, energy and microbial fuel cells.

Work Package 1: Agricultural Waste Value Chain Assessment

The first work package of our project was to undertake an assessment of the agricultural waste value chain with the aim of mapping, characterising and quantifying the available agricultural waste co-products and by-products.
This work package has now been completed with its outputs D1.1; D1.2; D1.3; D1.4 and D1.5 now available on our project website.

Work Package 6: Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing

Deliverable 6.1 was written to provide AgroCycle Protocol Rules (APR) for an assessment framework for the sustainability performance of agri-food waste and by-product valorisation (both processes and products are covered by this protocol). This APR is suitable for application of life cycle assessment (LCA) methods to evaluate both the technology (e.g. anaerobic digestion, fermentation) and valorised product (e.g. energy, fertilizer) from agri-food waste and by-products.


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Stakeholder Workshops on Agricultural Production Systems and Sustainable Value Chains

2 workshops were held (October 2016 & January 2017) to bring together key players to identify important resources, constraints and opportunities to developing novel value chains and creating sustainable business models, to feed into subsequent activities in WP8 (Sustainable Value Chains and Business Models) and elsewhere in the project.

  • The first workshop named “Sustainable municipal and agricultural waste management and the possibility of applying advanced technologies for waste utilization” was organized in Zagreb and the Island of Krk as part of a larger three-day event co-hosted with the Bin2Grid project, from 13th-15th October 2016.
  • A second more project-focussed workshop entitled “Barriers and Opportunities to Valorising Agri-food wastes, co-products and by-products (AWCBs)” was held in Brussels, on 26th January 2017, to gain attendance of stakeholders from a wider geographic spread across the EU.
The proceedings from the workshop are available to read online and you can watch the presentations on our YouTube Channel.
Sustainable Value Chains and Business Models Workshop
Sustainable Value Chains and Business Models Workshop - Dr. Caitlin Burns

Other European Projects of interest

Over the last 12 months or more, many new European funded project in the area of the Circular Economy have come on-line. This section will give a quick introduction to these projects.

aims close the research and innovation divide by connecting practitioners from agriculture and forestry with research and academia as well as with associations and clusters. Find out more here

is an EU-funded project that is developing and demonstrating the production of multiple, high-value products from crop and food-processing waste. The project aims to maximise the EU’s sustainability, while providing new bio-based compounds for the food, packaging and farming sectors. Find out more here

network, representing many leading bio-based economy experts, will advise SMEs from across North-West Europe on how to develop new ideas into marketable products. The BioBase4SME project intends to help Start-ups and SME to overcome technological and non-technological barriers to bring their innovation to market.

is an innovation project funded by the H2020 call Cluster facilitated projects for new value chains (Innosup 2015-1) managed by EASME (Executive Agency for SMEs). The call aimed for projects with a concrete strategic vision to build new industrial value chains by integrating and supporting groups of SMEs in collaboration with other innovation actors. Find out more here

Upcoming Events that might be of interest

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