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NoAW - Innovative approaches to turn agricultural waste into ecological and economic assets

11 - Sustainable cities and communities; Research Projects; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020

NoAW : No Agro-Waste.
Innovative approaches to turn agricultural waste into ecological and economic assets.
Driven by a “near zero-waste” society requirement, the goal of NoAW project is to generate innovative efficient
approaches to convert growing agricultural waste issues into eco-efficient bio-based products opportunities with
direct benefits for both environment, economy and EU consumer. To achieve this goal, the NoAW concept relies on
developing holistic life cycle thinking able to support environmentally responsible R&D innovations on agro-waste
conversion at different TRLs, in the light of regional and seasonal specificities, not forgetting risks emerging from
circular management of agro-wastes (e.g. contaminants accumulation).
By involving all agriculture chain stakeholders in a territorial perspective, the project will:
(1) develop innovative eco-design and hybrid assessment tools of circular agro-waste management strategies and
address related gap of knowledge and data via extensive exchange through the Knowledge exchange Stakeholders
Platform,
(2) develop breakthrough knowledge on agro-waste molecular complexity and heterogeneity in order to upgrade
the most widespread mature conversion technology (anaerobic digestion) and to synergistically eco-design robust
cascading processes to fully convert agro-waste into a set of high added value bio-energy, bio-fertilizers and biochemicals
and building blocks, able to substitute a significant range of non-renewable equivalents, with favourable air,
water and soil impacts
and (3) get insights of the complexity of potentially new, cross-sectors, business clusters in order to fast track NoAW
strategies toward the field and develop new business concepts and stakeholders platform for cross-chain valorisation
of agro-waste on a territorial and seasonal basis.

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