The study is the result of a thorough literature review and expert engagement in discussions and workshops with over 200 participants from academia, civil society, public administration, and industry. The researchers at the JRC used a normative back-casting approach, which means they took the goals of the European Green Deal as a starting point, and then examined the opportunities and pitfalls in the green and digital transitions in achieving this goal.
The development of best practices is an important part of the recently launched strategic guidelines for a more sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture. The European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP) and the Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) jointly organized this workshop to stimulate sharing of knowledge and to promote best practice development across aquaculture systems and regions in Europe.
Investment in research & innovation is needed to ensure long-term resilience & sustainability of EU food systems. This report presents the main results of a comparative study of food systems research and innovation (R&I) investment levels in the EU, considering public and private R&I spent at both national and EU level.
How to promote innovative and sustainable practices to prevent and control damage to wild animals on farms and, at the same time, protect wildlife? This is the main topic of the new factsheet published by EIP-AGRI, which also details ideas for operational groups and areas in need of investigation.
Industrial crops can offer new market opportunities, support the replacement of petroleum-based materials and contribute to achieving climate and energy targets. Farmers growing these crops can improve their revenue by playing an active role in producing high added-value products such as bioplastics, biolubricants, biochemicals, pharmaceuticals, biocomposites and bioenergy. Entering these new value chains often requires significant changes in agricultural business models, as well as new investments and economic interactions.
The European Commission published the findings of a study related to the implementation of the Farm Sustainability Tool for Nutrients (FaST). FaST is a digital agriculture tool that can be operated on smartphones, tablets and computers. It will combine existing data with manual input from farmers to provide customised recommendations on crop fertilisation through a nutrient management plan, which will have economic and environmental benefits for farmers and society at large.
DEMETO proposes a highly innovative approach to the Process Intensification of the chemical recycling reaction (de-polymerization) of PET plastic waste, based on the adoption of microwave radiations as energetic catalyser, to reduce reaction time and the complexity of the purification steps of PTA, while increasing productivity through a continuous process (instead of the batch ones typical of the industrial state-of-the-art).
The data included in the report show that the EU has made progress towards most goals over the last five years, in line with Commission's priorities in key policy areas such as the European Green Deal, the Digital Strategy and the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan. While progress towards reaching some goals was faster than for others, movement away from the sustainable development objectives occurred only in few specific areas.
This publication is the final report of a study aiming to map and analyse the deployment of strategies related to the bioeconomy at regional level in the EU-27. The findings show that 194 regions in the EU-27 (NUTS 1, NUTS 2 or NUTS 3 level) have, or are working towards, a strategic framework related to the bioeconomy. Of these, 28 regions have fully dedicated bioeconomy strategies, while another region is elaborating such a strategy. 62 regions have strategic frameworks with a strong bioeconomy focus, with another 7 regions elaborating such a strategy.
This interactive online workshop aimed to take stock of on-going successful projects and initiatives that collect and make use of farm generated data to improve farm performance; explore the role of the different stakeholders on-farm data collection at farms and their use for agricultural production; and provide an environment to exchange best practices on-farm data collection, use and sharing.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its latest report, setting out the action we need to take to put a brake on global warming, avoid irreversible impacts on our planet and meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C by the end of this century. With the contribution of hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists, the report on mitigation of climate change shows that, despite growing warnings, global emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise.
IFWC conducted a survey at over 80 sites and collected data from additional 1,000 locations in order to build a picture of bio-waste sorting and utilization in the French hospitality & food service sectors (HaFS). While almost all HaFS sites involved in the survey have a waste sorting policy in place, bio-waste is only segregated completely in less than 20% of cases. This proportion gets higher with large and medium sized sites (30% and 50% respectively) but this still does not meet the upcoming French regulation.