LIFE GISWASTE project: an innovative environmental protection tool

07 Jun, 2016

On World Environment Day, the Life GISWASTE project celebrated over two years’ working on the GIS tool that will help to efficiently manage plant, meat and dairy waste of the BAC and thus reduce its environmental impact. 

The European Commission has pointed out that food waste means that an opportunity has been lost to lift people out of hunger, and also that work and natural resources such as the earth, water and energy have been wasted. The environmental impact of food waste is not limited to the use of land and water. According to the European Commission’s work plan, the food and drink value chain in the EU causes 17% of our direct greenhouse gas emissions and 28% of material resource use.

The European Commission’s work programme calls for a “combined effort by farmers, the food industry, retailers and consumers through resource-efficient production techniques. Europe’s goal is clear:to halve food waste in the EU by 2020.

In this context, the Life GISWASTE project has recently been showcased as an innovative solution in waste management, along with its goal of providing viable recovery alternatives for at least of 70% of agri-food by-products in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, which currently stands at 4 million tons.

In April 2016, the project was selected for the PPI4Waste international workshop on innovative solutions, waste and public procurement, as part of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Town.In May that year, it was also chosen as one of the activities of the Euroscola projects to foster awareness of the new technologies and the involvement of new generations in the sustainability of their environment.  

At the start of the year, the Basque consortium leading the project, whose members at AZTI-Tecnalia, Geograma, LKS and Ihobe, the Basque Environmental Management Agency, unveiled the first prototype of the GIS-multicriteria decision-making tool, in order to validate its structure and content regarding:recovery options, geolocation information, data on technical viability of the by-product generation points, and information to analyse the environmental and economic feasibility of the waste recovery.

The GIS tool will be finalised by the end of 2016 and 2 waste recovery alternatives will be presented: biogas generation and production of animal feed.