Agro2Circular (A2C) project is focused on the implementation of the first territorial systemic solution for the upcycling of most relevant residues in the agrifood sector (fruits& vegetables and plastic multilayers) into high added value products, powered by a digital tool and constructed upon a systemic approach with high replicable/scalable potential. Through this solution, A2C will face important industrial, economic & social challenges in the agrifood sector.
Agro2Circular (A2C) project is focused on the implementation of the first territorial systemic solution for the upcycling of most relevant residues in the agrifood sector (fruits& vegetables and plastic multilayers) into high added value products, powered by a digital tool and constructed upon a systemic approach with high replicable/scalable potential. Through this solution, A2C will face important industrial, economic & social challenges in the agrifood sector:
1) The fruits & vegetables (F&V) are the group of major contribution to food waste along the food supply chain rising up to > 40% of waste, and are as excellent source of natural bioactives. However, these F&V wastes are not exploited. A2C will valorise them by green routes to obtain these bioactives for the production of nutraceuticals, functional foods, and cosmetics.
2) Multilayer plastic films are widely used as industrial packaging for the protection of food and agriculture for crops due to their unique barrier properties. However, there is a lack of sorting and recycling technologies for an economic and environmentally sustainable valorisation of these multilayer structures. A2C will develop the first recycling value chain for post-industrial multilayer films based on a synergistic approach combining innovative sorting, physical delamination, enzymatic depolymerisation, decontamination & mechanical recycling.
3) There is a lack of digitalisation in the agrifood sector. A2C will implement a Data Integration System (DIS) as a digital tool for ensuring traceability and as Predictive Decision Tool in the agrifood sector.
A2C will be a demonstrated in the Regi?n de Murcia (Spain) and replicable systemic solution throughout Europe for the territorial deployment of the circular economy.
A2C territorial decoupling model is able to create increasing economic returns, reducing the social gap and regenerating the natural capital for regions. By tackling this potential, A2C will enable addressing socioeconomic and environmental global concerns, contributing to the recovery of European impacts of COVID19 crisis while increasing the security of some of the key product value chain for Europe, such as packaging, plastics and food as following sections will demonstrate it.
Asociación empresarial de investigación Centro Tecnológico del Calzado y del Plástico de la Región de Murcia (SPAIN)
Green World Compounding, SL (Spain)
Saperatec GmbH (Denmark)
Iris Technology Solutions, SL (Spain)
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien Austria
Mellizyme Biotechnology Ltd (United Kingdom)
Cetec Biotechnology, SL (Italy)
University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy)
Universidad de Alicante (Spain)
Stichting Wetsus - European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology
Regenera Levante, SL (Spain)
Stichting Centre of Expertise Watertechnologie (Netherlands)
Asociación Empresarial de Investigación Centro Tecnológico Nacional de la Conserva (Spain)
Agrotransformados, SA (Spain)
Laboratorios Almond, SL (Spain)
Asociación de Organizaciones de Productores de Frutas y Hortalizas de la Región de Murcia (Spain)
DMC Research Center, SL (Spain)
Citromil, SL (Spain)
MKS Instruments Italy, SRL (Italy)
Stazione Sperimentale per L'Industria delle Conserve Alimentari – Fondazione di Ricerca (Italy)
Senior Europa, SL (Kveloce I+D+i)- (Spain)
Universitat de Valencia (Spain)
Fundación Cajamar (Spain)
Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Murcia (Spain)
Association Europeenne des Agences de Developpement (Spain)
Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy)
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT OY (Finland)
Fondazione ICONS (Italy)
Fundación Primafrio (Spain)
Exus Software Monoprosopi Etairia Periorismenis Evthinis (Greece)
Evrythng, Sárl (Spain)
Eversia, SA (Spain)
Tribu Bio & Wild SL (Spain)
Tecnoalimenti s.c.p.A (Italy)
Lietuvos Pramonininku Konfedracija (Lithuania)