Connecting the cereal value chain and creating sustainable certification for carbon neutral production in Europe.

Reference: LIFE21-CCM-ES-LIFE Innocereal EU/101074009 | Acronym: LIFE21-CCM-ES-LIFE Innocereal EU

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

Sustainable food systems and supply chains have a crucial role to play in ensuring food security. Cereal production is key to this, as it provides the basis of human diets. Europe produces around 280 million tons of cereals per year, from which wheat represents 46%. One of the biggest challenge for the cereal industry in Europe is to connect the different sectors of the value chain in order to comply with the 2030 climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies set out in EU policy (e.g. European Green Deal, Farm to Fork Strategy). To achieve a circular and carbon neutral agricultural sector, investment is needed in solutions that connect industry stakeholders to close the loop of cereal production, and in this way guarantee and promote food security and the transition to sustainable agriculture.


OBJECTIVES

The LIFE Innocereal EU project’s main objective is to facilitate connections between the links of the cereals value chain, by creating certification systems for low emission production, demonstrating its benefits for all the supply chain, and increasing the final product’s added value (bread, pasta, beer). The project team will create an ecosystem throughout the entire cereal production chain, to demonstrate high sustainability standards and competitiveness in all production stages of flour, malting and baking industries.

Specific objectives:

  • Connected cereal supply chain allowing the implementation of innovative good practices.
  • A quality and sustainability certification to improve competitiveness of sustainable cereal producers.
  • Mitigate the carbon footprint of cereal production in Europe.
  • Improve knowledge of varieties of hard and soft wheat and barley for better adaptation to climate change.
  • Create knowledge at EU level to help promote supporting policies.
  • A communication plan, including a manual of agricultural good practices.
  • A reach plan (close-to-market) to demonstrate the replication potential at EU level.


RESULTS

Expected results:

Connection of the cereal supply chain with socioeconomic benefits:

  • Sustainable certification and label “Innocereal EU".
  • Promote at least 8 contracts between the different food industries.
  • Reduce production costs by 30%.
  • Increase cereal quality by 10%.
  • Increase cereal production by 25% (500 kg/ha).
  • Selection of at least 9 certified seed varieties.
  • Creation of qualified jobs in rural areas (8 FTE).
  • Organisation of at least 22 events, at least 3 meetings with policymakers, and dissemination of results to reach over 1 million people.

Improved environmental sustainability of cereal production:

  • Improving soil health, due to increased soil carbon sink (0.8 t COS/ha/year), increased organic matter by 0.5-1%, and increased soil biodiversity (e.g. at least 20 nematode species present).
  • Reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, due to decreased CO2 emissions as a result of 25% less use of nitrogenated fertilisers (from 150 kg N/ha to 112.5 kg N/ha), 75% less use of phosphorous fertilisers (from 82 kg P/ha to 20 kg P/ha), 45% less use of fossil fuels, and a 50% decrease in herbicide use.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


Reference: LIFE21-CCM-ES-LIFE Innocereal EU/101074009
Acronym: LIFE21-CCM-ES-LIFE Innocereal EU
Start Date: 01/07/2022
End Date: 30/06/2026
Total Eligible Budget: 3,057,003 €
EU Contribution: 1,831,177 €
Project Location:

CONTACT DETAILS


Coordinating Beneficiary: UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA
Legal Status: PUBLIC
Address: AVENIDA DE MEDINA AZAHARA 5, 14005, CORDOBA, España
Contact Person: Emilio González-Sánchez
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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

THEMES

  • GHG reduction in EU ETS sectors
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Agriculture - Forestry

KEYWORDS

  • dry farming
  • fertiliser
  • emission reduction
  • Agriculture
  • agri-environmental measures
  • carbon sequestration
  • chemical use reduction
  • climate change mitigation
  • greenhouse gas
  • herbicide
  • precision agriculture
  • soil degradation

TARGET EU LEGISLATION

  • Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Signed on 22.04.2016 |Entry into force 04.11.2016)
  • COM(2011/0571) - Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe (20.09.2011)
  • COM(2018) 673 – A Sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: Strengthening the connection between economy, society and the environment (11.10.2018)
  • COM(2019) 640 final Communication-The European Green Deal 
  • COM(2013)216 - EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (16.04.2013)
  • Regulation (EU) 2018/842 - Binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions by Member States from 2021 to 2030 contributing to climate action to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement (30.05.2018)
  • Regulation (EU) 2018/841 – Inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry in the 2030 climate and energy framework (30.05.2018)
  • COM(2011)112 - "A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050" (08.03.2011)
  • COM(2010)672 - The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future (18.11.2010)
  • COM/2020/381 final. Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. A Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system
  • COM(2020) 380 EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 Bringing nature back into our lives (20.05.2020.) 
  • Directive 2009/128/EC - A framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides (21.10.2009)
  • United Nations (A/RES/70/1) Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (25.9.2015.)
  • COM(2021)699 - EU Soil Strategy for 2030: Reaping the benefits of healthy soils for people, food, nature and climate (17.11.2021)
  • COM(2006)231 - “Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection” (22.09.2006)

BENEFICIARIES

Name Type
EUROPEAN CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE FEDERATION Participant
CUETARA S.L.U. Participant
SIPCAM IBERIA S.L Participant
INTERMALTA SA Participant
AGRIFOOD SECTOR COMMUNICATION, S.L. Participant
INSTITUTO ANDALUZ DE INVESTIGACIONY FORMACION AGRARIA PESQUERA ALIMENTARIA Y DE LA PRODUCCION ECOLOGICA Participant
Artadi Alimentacion S.L. Participant
ANTONIO TARAZONA, S.L.U Participant
GREENFIELD TECHNOLOGIES SL Participant
PRODUCTOS ALIMENTICIOS GALLO S.L. Participant
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE TECNICOS CEREALISTAS Participant
MONBAKE GRUPO EMPRESARIAL S.A.U. Participant
UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA Coordinator
LIMAGRAIN IBERICA S.A. Participant
HEINEKEN ESPANA SA Participant
HARINAS POLO, S.A Participant
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE AGRICULTURA DE CONSERVACION SUELOS VIVOS Participant
COOPERATIVAS AGRO-ALIMENTARIAS DE ESPANA U DE COOP SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA Participant
M. FERREIRA & FILHAS LDA Participant