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LIFE COMP0LIVE - New generation of bioCOMPosites based on OLIVE fibers for industrial applications

LIFE18 ENV/ES/000309


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Contact details:

Contact person: Manuela Cano Galey
Tel: 34953555117
Email: manuela.cano@andaltec.org



Project description:

Background

The EU is the leading producer, consumer and exporter of olive oil in the world. The main European olive producers are Spain (over 65%), Italy (18%), Greece (almost 9%) and Portugal (almost 77%). In Andaluca alone, 30% of the total arable land (1.5 million hectares) iscultivated with olive trees.

This cultivation results in more than 7 million tonnes of pruning residue annually. However, only a marginal amount is used for energy generation. Most pruning waste is burned, with subsequent emission of pollutants into the atmosphere.


Objectives

The main objective of the LIFE COMP0LIVE project is to develop a new generation of biocomposites based on olive pruning waste which can be used in the automotive and furniture sectors.

The project will contribute to implementing European policies on the environment by reducing the uncontrolled release of gases into theenvironment, reducing waste creation, incineration and landfill in line with the Directives on waste and the roadmap for a resource-efficient Europe, and replacing carbon/grass fibres with natural fibres used by the automotive and furniture sectors, in line with the European Strategy for plastics in a circular economy.


Results

Expected results:

  • reuse around 21 tonnes/year of olive pruning waste collected during the implementation of the project, resulting in 15 tonnes/year of fibre produced;
  • 35-45 tonnes/year reduction of fossil-based virgin plastic used in the automotive and furniture sectors by producing a composite with up to 35% olive fibre and based on either biopolymer PLA or recyclable PP;
  • at least three real prototype demonstrators built; and
  • CO2 emissions reduced by over 40 tonnes/year at the end of the project.

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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Climate change Mitigation - GHG reduction in non EU ETS sectors
Industry-Production - Engines - Machinery - Vehicles
Industry-Production - Food and Beverages


Keywords

Agriculture‚  automobile industry‚  residue recycling‚  wood product‚  furniture industry‚  agricultural waste‚  climate change mitigation


Target EU Legislation

  • Waste
  • Directive 75/442/EEC -"Waste framework directive" (15.07.1975)
  • COM(2015)614 - "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" (02.12.2015)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator FUNDACION ANDALTEC I+D+I
Partners Ford(Ford-Werke GmbH), Germany MAT PEÑA(MATRICERIA PEÑA S.L), Spain UJA(University of Jaén), Spain CITOLIVA(FUNDACIÓN CITOLIVA, CENTRO DE INNOVACION Y TECNOLOGÍA DEL OLIVAR Y EL ACEITE), Spain CALIPLAST(Caliplast), France

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Project reference LIFE18 ENV/ES/000309
Duration 01-JUL-2019 to 30-OCT -2022
Total budget 1,818,362.00 €
EU contribution 946,826.00 €
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