Goal of the project: The long-term strategic objective of the Baltic Manure project was to change the general perception of manure from a waste product to a resource, while also identifying its inherent business opportunities with the right manure handling technologies and policy framework.
To achieve this objective three interconnected manure forums were established with the focus areas knowledge, policy, and business, where researchers, developers, administrators, and business people can come together to develop the many opportunities of manure as fertilizer and energy. Research and development within renewable energy and nutrient recycling was combined with business innovation efforts to achieve sustainable agriculture, prosperity, and job creation in the BSR.
The overall project goals were to enhance business, improve nutrient cycles, foster renewable energy use in the region, and reduce environmental load from agriculture to the Baltic Sea. In other words to contribute to making the Baltic Sea region an attractive place to invest, work, and live.
Five themes were treated in the project:
- Innovative technology for animal feeding and housing, processing, storage, and spreading of manure
- Standardisation of manure types with special emphasis on the phosphorus challenge
- Assessing sustainability of manure technology chains
- Energy potentials of manure
- Business innovation
Baltic Manure was a Flagship Project in the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region adopted by member states in 2009. It involved 18 project partners from 8 countries with MTT – Agrifood Research as lead partner. The total project budget was € 3.7 million and it was partly financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund).
Start of the project: 2010-09-17, end of the project: 2013-12-16
Contact persons for POMCERT: dr inż. Andrzej Tonderski, dr inż. Ksawery Kuligowski
More information can be received from Renata Smagacka