Stories - EIC GHG Programme: The green case with Agristarbio
More and more, companies are implementing carbon reduction measures, products and innovations, but taking that step to go green can require a lot of work and effort. With the EIC Greenhouse Gas Programme, the EIC wants to further stimulate and support companies to reduce their carbon footprint. For those that still need a gentle nudge in the right direction, we gathered several inspiring EIC companies for you, innovators that are taking the motto "climate action is a business case" to the next level. In this week’s edition we meet with Agristarbio, a Portuguese EIC-funded company that created an innovative production process of a unique organic mineral fertilizer.
The fertilizer, agriculture and organic waste management industries are some of the largest carbon emissions producers out there. Agristarbio’s unique organic mineral fertilizers aims to lower their carbon emissions and bring unparalleled sustainability to these industries. Their innovative approach can be implemented for waste management, resource recovery and recycling, and tailored fertilisation processes, contributing to a circular economy, avoiding phosphorus immobilisation and Nitrogen volatilisation and further CO2 emission reductions with shortened supply chains.
Their fertilizer is manufactured in less than three hours, in a closed pressure environment, with no emissions and no by-products, occupying a reduced space of 1500M2 for a unit capable of processing 100 Ton of biowaste sludge a dayunit. All the organic matter and nutrients present in the organic waste are recycled, making it a prime example of circular economy. By adding the ability to produce fertilizer near organic waste and small-scale facilities, a further reduction in GHG emissions is achieved due to the short length of the supply/transport chain. In practical terms this means that a typical production facility for fertilizer from biological sludge processing 40,000 tons of waste per year can recycle 750 tons of nitrogen and 320 tons of phosphorus (P2O5) in addition to almost 9,000 tons of organic matter.
Arlindo Ventura, CEO of Agristarbio is confident that their fertilizer can revolutionize sustainability in livestock and agriculture. "Agristarbio's innovation and business model provides a revolutionary and breakthrough solution for organic waste producers and fertilizer users. By being able to produce high efficiency organic mineral fertilizer from organic waste, Agristarbio is a clear leader in developing a high value product, a disruptive solution for waste management, resource recovery and recycling and fertilization tailored to the protection and maintenance of soil quality so critical in balancing CO2 in the atmosphere. With this approach the synergistic relationship between livestock and agriculture will be possible again!"
About the EIC GHG programme
With the EIC GHG programme, part of the Business Acceleration Services, the EIC offers its beneficiaries the support and expertise needed to assess, track and efficiently reduce their carbon footprint through the use of a dedicated GHG tool, monthly webinars and further resources.
In addition, co-creation activities with corporates, industrial associations, regions in carbon transition and other EIC beneficiaries are planned. Applications for the EIC GHG: Co-creation with SUEZ are open now! More information on the EIC GHG programme can be found here.