On 13 October, “Food for Life: Less waste.More Quality and Sustainability”, an event organised as part of the NOSHAN project, was held in Madrid.The event programme focused on ways to use food to improve quality of life, by means of cutting waste, promoting the production of traditional foods and improving the food supply chain for human consumption, among other measures.   The event brought together professionals and experts involved in research and from the industry from all around Europe, and European projects of the ilk of Fusions, Tradeit, Sanos Menores Cereales, Sunniva and GISWASTE took part.

The NOSHAN project was set up in 2012 in order to research the process and the technologies needed to use food waste and to thus produce low-cost food, encourage low energy consumption and the maximum recovery of initial waste.

With partners from 7 European countries, the project has fostered cooperation between small and medium-sized companies, large corporations and research centres in the food production sector, in order to offer a competitive advantage, cut production costs and increase the impact of the final product.

Further information:NOSHAN project 


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AZTI-Tecnalia, the Life GISWASTE project coordinator, will be taking part in the “From waste to energy” international conference that will take place in Bilbao on 2 to 3 June, as part of the Coolsweep European project.

The Life GISWASTE team will give an oral presentation of the project, whose aim is to prioritise agri-food waste recovery alternatives in two channels:biogas generation and production of animal feed.

Waste as a resource is the theme of the conference, whose purpose is to gather together companies, universities, technology centres and administration from all around Europe in the search of solutions to change waste into energy.The “From waste to energy” conference is part of the Coolsweep project and its objective is alsoto share synergies between regions and business opportunities regarding waste and energy.

Further information: Coolsweep Project

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The 2nd external annual follow-up meeting for Life GISWASTE project was held in the headquarters of AZTI-Tecnalia in Derio, Bizkaia, last 23 March, with the delegate of NEEMO by the European Commission and the other project partners: LKS, Geograma and Ihobe-Basque Government.

During the meeting, the technical advances made over the last year were presented: current status of the work performed under each of the planned actions, progress to date, review of activities and forecasts for the coming months. It was completed with an administrative and financial review, and an exposure of the latest actions in communication.

Further information: Project progress

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On 5 March, the Life GISWASTE technical team met with Aclima, the Basque Country’s environmental cluster.It is mainly made up of private companies, mostly from the industrial and service sector, along with institutional partners and from the world of knowledge.

In addiction, on 9 March, a video conference was held with Inderen Ingeniería, a small company in Valencia with extensive experience in the field of industrial facilities. The company promotes and develops renewable energies and is particularly environmentally aware.With over 10 facilities set up in international (The Netherlands) and national (Spain) biogas plants, its main activity focuses on manufacturing, assembling, commissioning and maintenance of the necessary facilities in the biogas plants.

The purpose of these meetings and visits is to seek common ground and further enhance the collaboration network.

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During the first fortnight of Feburary, technicians from the Life GISWASTE project have held meetings with Bioazul and Ekotek Ingeniería y Consultoría Medioambiental, and with the French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for the Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA) with the aim of expanding its partner network. Apart from showcasing the project, the meetings explored different synergies between the different lines of work of each of the centres with regard to establishing future collaborations.

Bioazul is a consultancy firm that provides innovative commercial and technical solutions in the fields of the environment, energy engineering and water, validating expertise and techniques acquired from extensive experience in different industrial sectors.It is also involved in marketing highly innovative products in the fields of environmental protection and energy efficiency.

IRSTEA is a public research institute focused on territory management in areas related to water resources and agricultural technology.It has 9 centres distributed throughout France and 29 research units.

Finally, Ekotek Ingeniería y Consultoría Medioambiental is a company specialising in contributing innovative and integral solutions to the sector, thus contributing to sustainable development.During the meeting held at its Erandio offices (Bizkaia), the Ekotek technicians explained the goals of the Life BIOLCA project and the tool developed during the project. The LIFE GISWASTE project was also presented and the lines of work discussed.The participants ended the meeting by discussing both projects and centres in order to establish future collaborations.

Further information: Cooperation network

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It has participated in 7 international congresses and published 2 technical articles

2014 has come to an end and the emphasis on showcasing and disseminating the project has paid off. Thus, during the last year, Life GISWASTE managers have managed to take part in the 7 leading congresses of the agri-food sector, where they successfully showcased the goals of the project in different ways.

In June, a paper on the project was given at Bioterra, a trade fair for organic products, bioconstruction, renewable energies and responsible consumption, held in Irun. A scientific post was also presented in June at Orbit 2014, the conference on organic resources and biological treatment, which was held in the Hungarian city of Godollo.

In September, a paper was given which explained the scope, goals and results of the Life GISWASTE project at the international forum on logistics in the agri-food sector, Agri-Food Logistics, held in Poznan, Poland.

Later on, in October, another scientific poster was presented at Aquaculture Europe, the international aquaculture conference, in Donostia-San Sebastián.A paper was also given in October at the Cooperativas y León Regional Union of Farming Cooperatives.

Apart from these interventions, Life GISWASTE was also at another two events in Stuttgart (Germany) and Norwick (United Kingdom), where the representatives distributed information and leaflets on the project. They also seized the opportunity to make contacts and network, as the setting up of a cooperation network is precisely one of the key goals of the Life GISWASTE project.


Presence in the media 

After the public unveiling of the project in March 2014, which was well covered in the media, two technical articles were published, one of them in the March-April issue of RETEMA, the technical journal on the environment, and the second in May, in the Automática e Instrumentación journal.

In June, there was coverage in the local press, coinciding with the celebration of World Environment Day, with the publication of different articles and reports on the project and its expected results in different newspapers.

All this external communication activity went hand-in-hand with the dissemination online. Apart from the corporate website (www.lifegiswaste.eu), the project has channels in Flickr, Vimeo and Twitter (@LifeGISWASTE), which keep people up to date on the latest about the project and other interesting news from the sector.


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The Life GISWASTE project started just over a year ago and one of the most significant milestones achieved during this year has been the successful passing of the first audit by the European Commission, corresponding to the Inception Report, which encourages the partners of the project to continue along this path to achieve the goals set in the proposed schedule.

A consortium of Basque companies is leading this project: AZTI-Tecnalia as the coordinating entity, the companies Geograma and LKS, in charge of the technical aspects, and Ihobe-Basque Government, responsible for the communication and divulgation activites.

The partners of Life GISWASTE had the chance to meet last 25th November at the headquarters of Ihobe, where they held the annual meeting of the project and they analysed the progress made during recent months and upcoming activities.

The Life GISWASTE project, financed by the European Commision's Life+ Programme, seeks to develop a methodology based on GIS to prioritise alternatives for the recovery of agri-food by-products, mainly vegetable, dairy and meat. This project aims to propose viable recovery alternatives for at least 70% of the agri-food by-products in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. With a budget of almost one and a half million euros, it is expected to be completed by June 2017.

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Using food by-products for animal feed was the main theme of the AZTI-Tecnalia paper at the waste management technical sessions, organised in Valladolid by the Regional Union of Farming Cooperatives of Castilla y León (URCACYL).

The paper presented the Life GISWASTE project. Its aim is to develop a computer tool to help to recover, at least, 70% of the agri-food by-products generated in the Basque Country and which are not currently used.

Under the slogan "How to Change a Problem into an Opportunity", the participants discussed the problem of waste, showcasing experiences similar to the Life GISWASTE project one. There is an ever increasing call to use and recover that waste, thus converting the problem of its control and management into an opportunity to generate new products and income.

Further information: URCACYL

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A team of researchers from Life GISWASTE project will move next week, from 11 to 13 November, to the British city of Norwick to take part in Total Food 2014.

Total Food 2014 is the fourth in a series of international conferences which focus on the sustainable exploitation of agri-food co-products and related biomass, thereby helping to minimise waste.

Under the auspices of the Royal Society of Chemistry (Food Group), this three day event will provide an open forum to highlight recent developments and to facilitate knowledge transfer between representatives of the agri-food industries, scientific research community, legal experts on food related legislation and waste management, and consumer organisations.

Themes to be explored will range from the adding of value to co-products through to the recovery of energy from waste streams.

Further information: http://www.ifr.ac.uk/totalfood2014/

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The Life GISWASTE objectives will be showcased in a scientific poster to be presented during Aquaculture Europe 2014.

The conference, whose theme is "Adding Value", will get underway in Donostia-San Sebastián next Tuesday, 14 October.Over four days, the culinary potential of fish-farmed fish and shellfish will be analysed and the speakers will discuss innovation and diversification to improve the productivity, profitability and quality of aquaculture products.

Aquaculture case studies will also be showcased that are examples of positively interacting with the environment, reducing the carbon footprint, giving impetus to the certification and construction of a sustainable brand, and of embarking on new markets.

Further information: Aquaculture Europe 2014 



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