Territorial circular systemic solution for the upcycling of residues from the agrifood sector

    Project: EU project

    Project Details


    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 Region de Murcia (Spain) and replicable systemic solution throughout Europe for the territorial deployment of the circular economy.
    Effective start/end date1/10/2130/09/24

    Collaborative partners

    • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    • Fondazione iCons (Project partner)
    • Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) (Project partner)
    • University of Alicante (Project partner)
    • Green World Compounding SL (Project partner)
    • European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) (Project partner)
    • Fundación Cluster Agroalimentario de la Región de Murcia (Project partner)
    • Mellizyme Biotechnology Limited (Project partner)
    • Centre of Expertise Water Technology (CEW) (Project partner)
    • DMC Research Center SL (Project partner)
    • Cetec Biotechnology SL (Project partner)
    • Solplast S.A. (Project partner)
    • Tecnoalimenti (S.C.p.A.) (Project partner)
    • Fundación Cajamar (Project partner)
    • Ecotrace Solutions SL (Project partner)
    • Centro Tecnológico del Plástico y el Calzado (Project partner) (lead)
    • Bocconi University (UBIEFE) (Project partner)
    • University of Valencia (Project partner)
    • Asociación de Productores-Exportadores de Frutas y Hortalizas de la Región de Murcia (PROEXPORT) (Project partner)
    • Tribu Bio & Wild SL (Project partner)
    • Exus Software Single Member LLC (Project partner)
    • Agrotransformados SA (Project partner)
    • EVRYTHNG Sàrl (Project partner)
    • Wetsus - European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology (Project partner)
    • Saperatec GmbH (Project partner)
    • Centro Tecnológico Nacional de la Conserva y Alimentación (Project partner)
    • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) (Project partner)
    • Región de Murcia (Project partner)
    • Stazione Sperimentale per l'Industria delle Conserve Alimentari (SSICA) (Project partner)
    • University of Milano-Bicocca (Project partner)
    • MKS Instruments Italy S.r.l. (Project partner)
    • Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (Project partner)
    • Instituto de Fomento de la Región de Murcia (Project partner)
    • Fundación Primafrio (Project partner)
    • Citromil SL (Project partner)
    • Eversia S.A. (Project partner)
    • Regenera Levante S.L. (Project partner)
    • KVELOCE I+D+i (Project partner)
    • Equmetrics SL (Project partner)
    • IRIS Technology Solutions S.L. (Project partner)
    • Laboratorios Almond S.L. (Project partner)

    Funding category

    • EU-H2020


    • LC-GD-3-2-2020
    • recycling
    • fruit growing
    • coating and films
    • vegetable growing
    • sustainable economy