LIFE14 CCM/ES/000311

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Contact details:

Contact person: Javier Porcar Vives
Tel: 34963522297
Fax: 34963940848
Email: elico@fundacioninvestigacion.org

Project description:


A general objective of the LIFE programme is to contribute to the transition to a low-carbon economy that is based on efficient use of resources and is resilient in the face of climate change. The transition should be aligned with the European Union's greenhouse gas reduction goals: presently there is a legal obligation to achieve a 20% reduction by 2020, compared to 1990. The EU also has adopted complementary legislation that, among other priorities, promotes the development and safe use of greenhouse-gas capture technologies, either at landfill sites or in industrial processes. Different projects have moved beyond the capturing of greenhouse gases, to using the captured gases in systems that work in accordance with circular economy principles by using waste from one sector as an input for another.


In the LIFE_FERTILIFE project, waste gases from the ceramic industry will be used in agriculture as an acidifier in irrigation water. The LIFE_FERTILIFE project aims to develop a prototype in which CO2 emissions from a ceramics factory will be captured and used to carbonate water that will be used to irrigate crops. The project will: 1. Demonstrate the feasibility of “carbonic fertigation” – the injection of carbon into an irrigation system – for citrus crops, and analyse the impact of the continued use of CO2 in the soil and plant irrigation network. 2. Design and implement techniques for proper CO2 dissolution in a drip irrigation system, and monitor the implementation of the system and its deployment on different plots. 3. Assess the impact of carbonic fertigation on root respiration, and thus on total soil organic matter content. 4. Quantify the impact of carbonic fertigation on the use of chelates and other fertilisers. The use of chelates (chemical compounds) in agriculture is necessary to help plants absorb trace elements such as iron from soils with high pH, as in the Mediterranean basin.

Expected results: The beneficiary aims to achieve the following results:

  • Capture of 30-50% of the CO2 emitted by a ceramics factory;
  • Develop a technology for the correct dosage and dispersion of CO2 in an irrigation network;
  • Reduce the use of chelates by 95% through the dissolution of CO2 in irrigation water, which will promote absorption by crops of iron from the soil. The project will estimate economic savings from the reduced use of chelates; and
  • The use of CO2 in the irrigation water is expected to reduce soil respiration values by 5-10%, helping limit the decomposition of organic matter in the soil.



Environmental issues addressed:


Climate change Mitigation - GHG reduction in EU ETS sectors
Climate change Mitigation - Energy efficiency
Industry-Production - Agriculture - Forestry


carbon capture and storage‚  fertiliser‚  irrigation‚  Agriculture‚  waste use‚  emission reduction‚  greenhouse gas‚  ceramics industry‚  energy efficiency

Target EU Legislation

  • Waste
  • COM(2015)614 - "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" (02.12.2015)
  • COM(2014)398 - "Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe" (02.07.2014)
  • Industry and Product Policy
  • Directive 2010/75 - Industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control) (24.11.201 ...
  • Climate Change & Energy efficicency
  • COM(2011)112 - "A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050" (08.03.2011)
  • Directive 2012/27 - Energy efficiency (25.10.2012)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Type of organisation Large enterprise
Description SISTEMA AVANZADOS ENERGÉTICOS aims to promote a culture of innovation and continuous improvement as a driver of sustainable development. Innovation should always generate social benefits, so that new developments improve quality of life for citizens. SAE's priorities are energy efficiency, information and communication technologies, biomedicine, climate change and water supply improvements.
Partners LA UNIO(La Unió de Llauradors i Ramaders del País Valencià), Spain AICE-ITC(Asociación de Investigación de las Industrias Cerámicas), Spain ASCER(Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Azulejos y Pavimentos Cerámicos), Spain EATOMIZADO(EUROATOMIZADO, S.A.), Spain


Project reference LIFE14 CCM/ES/000311
Duration 01-OCT-2015 to 31-DEC -2018
Total budget 1,047,073.00 €
EU contribution 626,106.00 €
Project location Comunidad Valenciana(España)


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