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Waste 2 Protein

Project

Project information

The project Waste2Protein is entitled „Pilot plant for insect protein production from biowaste as sustainable alternative to fish and soy meal for animal feed“  (LIFE 18 ENV/DE/000011). The LIFE program is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action, which began in 1992 and has to-date co-financed more than 5,400 projects. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

Project location

Pegau, Germany

Objectives

By 2050, the demand for animal protein will be 75% higher than it was in 2007 due to population growth in combination with an increase in meat consumption. Today, 70% of agricultural area is used for production of feed for animals; this inevitably leads to a shortage of feed for the increasing demand for livestock. Insects as an alternative source of protein are able to fill this gap. Feed experiments have shown that insect protein can in in fact replace conventional protein sources such as soy and fish meal. The increasing demand for fish meal has led to overfishing and loss of biodiversity; the cultivation of soy takes place on cleared forest areas.

The LIFE Waste2Protein project fosters the use of organic residues as a resource for the production of insect protein from larvae of the Black Soldier Flies (BSF). Insect protein meal is a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to soy and fish meal in the feed stuff industry. The project implements the EU’s waste and circular economy approach by closing the loop and using resources in an efficient and sustainable way. Specific project aims are as follows:

  • To create a circular economy by using organic residues to produce valuable protein based on insect base, which creates new value chains and economic possibilities in the European Union.
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by substrating fish and soy flour in pet feed with sustainable insect protein. Dispersion due to the modular construction of the plant. Fast scaling of the plant to offer insect protein in large amounts on the market.-
  • Preserving biodiversity by promoting alternative proteins.
  • Conservation of biodiversity by production of alternative proteins.
  • Reduction of pesticide use and land use.
  • To create an industrial showcase which motivates policy makers to establish insect protein production as an alternative method for organic residues use and to encourage actors along the value chains to invest in sustainable concepts, as well as inform citizens about this sustainable solution.

Partner

AviComp Controls GmbH is a leading independent engineering contractor and a provider of superior Engineering consultancy services. The Company is our local partner, located in Leipzig. They specialize in the development and commissioning of industrial control systems.

Financing

Project budget in total:   2,795,247 Euro        
Financial funding by the EU: 1,238,001 Euro (55%)

Time period

Start:15.07.2019            

End: 14.01.2023

Networking: other LIFE projects

LIFE BAQUA – Full recovery of banana plant resiudes to aquaculture feed and plastics.

LIFE Food2Feed – Transformation of Hotel Food residues into animal feed.

LIFE Brewery – Full recovery of brewery residues to aquaculture feed.

Communication

Newsletter

December 2020

News

Winner of “Best EU backed sustainability startup”

Winner of “Best EU backed sustainability startup”

Won! We were awarded as “Best EU backed sustainability startup” out of over 1000 European start-ups, by pitching in front of over 100 international investors. We thank the jury, consisting of 3 highly knowledgeable venture capital proffesionals, and Dealflow.eu. With this award, we receive financial support from the Dealflow.eu venture building team to keep growing as
Nominated as most innovative start up
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Nominated as most innovative start up

We are grateful to be among the last 7 finalists of the most innovative early stage sustainability start ups! We were selected by Dealflow of the EU, an investor platform that supports promising startups. Our LIFE funded project Waste2Protein is the first LIFE project to be selected. We are honored! After an online pitch of
The future is bright. The future is LIFE.
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The future is bright. The future is LIFE.

From now until 2027, the EU will provide more funding and introduce new sub-programs to the LIFE program. These new programs include Nature and Biodiversity, Circular Economy and Quality of Life, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, and Clean Energy Transition. LIFE program funding will increase by nearly 60% for the next period. Since 1992, the
European Week of City and Regions
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European Week of City and Regions

We are happy to be part of this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities. This Thursday, October 15th, our colleague Charlott will give a lecture about us with a special focus on our concept of recycling management. This online exchange with other European projects serves to promote the local bio-economy and to exchange experiences.
Inside a good LIFE proposal: tips, insights, experiences
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Inside a good LIFE proposal: tips, insights, experiences

This article is the second in a short series on how to apply for LIFE Funding. EU LIFE is a great support to a Projects which aim at reducing the environmental Impact like ours. There is a variety of funds available for topics such as nature conservation, biodiversity, climate action and resource efficiency. Founder Kai