Nutri2Cycle closes loops for a circular economy

(30-11-2018) 19 partners across Europe join forces in this 4-year H2020 research project on nutrient recovery, with Ghent University as coordinator.

During the next 4 years, 19 organisations from 12 EU countries will work together to provide an essential contribution to circular economy by closing nutrient loops in the framework of the Nutri2Cycle project.

Tackling the existing nutrient flow gaps in Europe will help decrease greenhouse gas emissions, reduce soil degradation and improve EU independence for energy and nutrients. The kick-off meeting took place at Ghent University, the institution coordinating this initiative.

The project has been allocated a total amount of 7,048,003.75 euros under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission.

Improved systems for sustainable farm production

Nutri2Cycle will provide important developments for the sustainable and efficient management of our natural resources.

Nutri2CycleEuropean agriculture is still characterized by a high overall contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and inefficient recovery of carbon and re-use of major plant nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus).

The Nutri2Cycle project will assess the current Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Carbon (C) flows looking into existing management techniques in different farms across Europe and analysing their related environmental problems.

The recovery of nitrogen and phosphorus in farms can be significantly improved by creating better synergies between animal breeding and crop production. These improvements will facilitate the return of carbon to soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which could be combined with the production of energy for self-consumption on-farm.

The Nutri2Cycle project will target the whole value chain from farmers to end-users.

The results obtained in the targeted farms will be spread at regional, national and European level throughout a comprehensive network of regional operational groups, National Task Forces and European stakeholders.

The research performed during the first stage of the project will be used as a starting point to re-design, test and implement more mature and sustainable farm business models for nutrient recovery and recycling. In a final stage, the Nutri2Cycle consortium will assess how the products obtained through the identified business models can aim for labelling and reach end-users.

In addition to the input for the agro-business sector, Nutri2Cycle will also align itself with relevant EU environmental policy positions to provide scientific support on effective regulatory frameworks to reduce emissions and increase self-reliance of Europe for food, energy and nutrients in the next century.

A comprehensive network of nutrient recycling experts

The project brings together leading experts in the field of nutrient cycling actively involved in previous national and European projects, as well as in the EIP-Focus Group on Nutrient Recycling coordinated by the European Commission.

The project consortium is composed of 19 partners from 12 EU countries, including research institutes and universities, farmer groups, agro-business experts and EU NGO's promoting circular economy.

Project partners

Ghent University, Universita Degli Studi di Milano, Politechnika Czestochowska, United Experts, Fundación Cartif, Johann Heinrich Von Thuenen-Institut, Soltub, Trade And Service Providing Limited Liabilty, Stichting Wageningen Research, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Kobenhavns Universitet, Terra Humana, Chambre Departementale d'Agriculture, Zuidelijke Land- En Tuinbouworganisatie Vereniging, Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries, Teagasc - Agriculture And Food Development Authority, European Biogas Association, Ips Konzalting Doo Za Poslovne Usluge, Inagro, Consorzio Italbiotec.


Angela Sainz
Communications Officer of Nutri2Cycle

+32 483 04 10 76

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