Fostering the biological activity of soil, a new innovative kit

Jean-Louis Reverter, a french fruit farmer, developed a kit to improve the biological activity of the soil. The invention made him won the Pierre Sarazin Foundation innovation award. The tool consists in a kit and a methodology to interpret the results. The kit allows farmers to analyse samples of their soil and understand how to adapt their practice and foster the biological activity.

Find here the full story

Future of CAP: Evolutionary or revolutionary approach?

Last November, the European Commission presented a proposal on how to address the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) going forward. Czeslaw Siekierski, Chair of the Parliament’s Agriculture Committee and EPP Member, stated that the sector needs to be strengthened in order to be adapt itself faster, as technological developments, for example, occur more rapidly than changes in the agricultural sector. Moreover, the return of capital is very long.

Regarding the changes that the Commission want to implement to adopt a tailor-made approach in CAP, Czeslaw Siekierski acknowledges that is not an easy path but important to take into account the diversity around Europe. Finally, he also noted the need to have a continuous dialogue in order to address the problem of agriculture, considering the need of interaction with other policies such as cohesion or trade. The objective is to ensure its stability but also promoting the sector to become attractive for young people and adapt to new techniques.

This interview followed the issue of ‘The Future of Food and Farming’ discussed at the EC the 29/11/2017 which aimed to ensure that the CAP remains future-proof and addresses the public concern about sustainability in the agricultural sector.

To read more of Czeslaw Siekierski views, click here.
The Press Release of the European Commission ‘The Future of Food and Farming’ can be accessed here.

In Italy, Agro-Industrial waste to be used as biofertiliser – practices and statistics from Italy on waste management

A biofertiliser is being produced in Italy by recovering digestate generated after anaerobic digestion from municipal waste. The process is not only using waste as a resource but helping farmer as the biofertiliser is a resource of organic carbon that does not exceed the maximum N-application for fertilisation.

Read the entire EIP-Agri article here
Good practices and Statistics from Italy on Waste Management can be accessed here

Call for experts for the EIP-AGRI Focus Group: Reducing food loss on the farm

Are you a professional in the field of the European farming sector? EIP-AGRI is looking for 20 experts to join its Focus Group and answer this core question: Which new on-farm practices and technologies can limit food loss? 

Farmers, advisers and researchers are welcome to share their knowledge and experience, in order to assure a concrete impact in the farming field. The aim of the Focus Group is to explore problems and opportunities of the food loss topic, and identify innovative solutions learning from previous projects’ experience. The Focus Group will meet at least twice, in a 12 to 18 months period, and the first meeting is already scheduled for 12 and 13 September 2018. On the EIP-AGRI dedicated website you will learn more about the initiative and find the application form.

Please note that the initiative is included in a general call for expression of interest for a total of three Focus Groups: New feed for pigs and poultry, Protecting fruit production from frost damage, and Reducing food loss on the farm.

The deadline for application is 3 April 2018 23:59 hrs CET.

Drilona Shtjefni, Deputy Secretary General of EUBIA won the 2018 @Association Awards!

EUBIA is glad to announce that its Deputy Secretary General, Ms Drilona Shtjefni was awarded as the best Young Association Executive of 2018.

Each year, the Association International & European awards selects the most successful executives of the year, and for its 2018 edition, it recognised the success and efforts made by Ms Shtjefni in her job at EUBIA. The ceremony followed the international women day, and it reflected a good gender balance among the winners. Being not only young, but also a woman, Ms Shtjefni is particularly sensitive to this issue, and she strongly supports this call for an increased women’s leadership.

Ms Shtjefni and the other winners of 2018 edition

Drilona Shtjefni, Deputy Secretary General of EUBIA shortlisted @Association Awards

 

Drilona Shtjefni, Deputy Secretary General of EUBIA has been shortlisted for the Award Young Association Executive of the Year at the Association International & European awards. The awards ceremony will take place on the 13th of March in Antwerp.

The International Renewable Energy Forum 2018 will to take place on 6-7 September 2018 in Vienna

On 6-7 September 2018, ICT Solutions will organise the International Renewable Energy Forum 2018 which will bring together renewable energy experts, professionals and leaders from across the world.

The two-day event will take place in Vienna, Austria and will cover a number of key topics which includes:

  • New European Climate and Energy Framework 2030
  • Insights on Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreement (Corporate PPA)
  • Market and Industry Trends in Renewable Energy and Emerging Markets
  • Climate Investments in Europe after Brexit
  • Access to finance for green investments
  • Project financing of renewable energy with and without long term price security
  • Renewable Energy Investment in Europe in Biomas

EUBIA is proud to be a media partner at the International Renewable Energy Forum 2018. Members of EUBIA will receive a 20% discount when purchasing a ticket. Further information is available here.

Ghent University to launch new biobased business platform

Ghent University will soon launch the new End-of-Waste Business Development Unit which aims at setting up an academic-industrial collaborations in the field of reprocessing organic-biological bypass flows into valuable chemicals, energy, materials and products which can be re-used in a range of sectors.

The platform will bring together a multidisciplinary consortium of 32 driven professors and their departments in order to provide a strong synergetic effect on concept developments and realisations and result in commercialization initiatives at Ghent University.

The End-of-Waste Business Development Unit will work in synergy with the BioRefine Cluster Europe, a development oriented cluster of European and national projects which focuses renewable resources and resource recovery from biobased wastestreams.

Further information about the platform can be found here.

Supporting start-ups and SMEs in the energy transition 21st February 2018, Brussels.

The event ‘Supporting start-ups and SMEs in the energy transition’ is taking place the 21st of February in Brussels. This event constitutes an unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, policy-makers and change-makers to build new collaborations and share thoughts on how to boost innovation. It will be organised between the International Climate Show and the Jacques Delors Institute, being within the EU Industry Days.

Please find here more about the event.