Project LIFE CLINMED - Farm

Towards a Mediterranean Climate
Neutral Farm scheme

Project LIFE CLINMED - Farm

Towards a Mediterranean Climate
Neutral Farm scheme

Project LIFE CLINMED - Farm

Towards a Mediterranean Climate
Neutral Farm scheme

Project LIFE CLINMED - Farm

Towards a Mediterranean Climate
Neutral Farm scheme

What is
LIFE CLINMED-Farm?

In some Mediterranean areas coexist intensive livestock and agricultural production systems, which, although highly vulnerable to global warming, also play a role among its causes. Current emission inventories give importance to slurry management and fertilization activities as sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) and ammonia (NH3) emissions. 

Agriculture is often faced with the widespread application of inefficient slurry management techniques and, in some cases, the abuse of bad practices such as over-fertilization with excessive amounts of organic and mineral fertilizers. This hinders the environmental and economic sustainability of agricultural activity in rural areas and results in GHG emissions, excessive consumption of mineral fertilizers, inefficient energy schemes, excessive road transport, etc., in addition to other no less important issues such as NH3 emissions.

Goal of
LIFE CLINMED-Farm

 This project aims at developing sustainable and resource-efficient slurry management models that approach the idea of “climate-neutral farms”. These models will be supported by the development and validation of robust monitoring methods that reliably evaluate the results obtained. 

The partners will apply simple and innovative techniques in the three key stages of slurry management (in-house production + storage + agricultural fertilization) to mitigate CH4, N2O and NH3 emissions, recover methane generated in storage, valorise biogas and surplus heat in biomethane production processes as renewable energy sources for farm activities and/or adjacent industries and reduce mineral fertilizer consumption, all in accordance with the principles of the circular economy.  These models will be analysed from an environmental and socioeconomic point of view by developing measurement and monitoring methodologies that provide objective data.

Granja Porcino Aragón
Granja Vacuno Piedmonte

Goals of
LIFE CLINMED-Farm

1

Reduce approx. 70% of GHG emissions and 60% of NH3 emissions from slurry management in intensive production farms.

2

Reduce N2O emissions linked to fertilizing activities.

3

Evaluate field application strategies that maximize nutrient recycling of organic fertilizers with fertigation, acidification, use of nitrification inhibitors, direct incorporation, etc.

4

Replace the use of synthetic fertilizers with organic fertilizers in livestock production areas.

5

Identify synergies and cross effects of mitigation techniques in the different stages of slurry management.

6

Produce green energy by valorizing biogas and avoiding the consumption of fossil fuels on the farm.

7

Develop more efficient technologies in bioenergy production systems. Synergies with other local industries.

8

Support the capacity of the agricultural sector to adopt sustainable strategies and techniques with useful tools and clear information.

9

Develop reliable methodologies for measuring emissions at real scale that contribute to the development of policies and strategies based on results in Mediterranean areas at farm scale.

10

Involve all agents of society in the definition of sustainable production models.

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News
LIFE CLINMED-Farm

First meeting of the Italian Local Platform (Turin)

First meeting of the Italian Local Platform (Turin)

NEWSThe first meeting of the Italian Local Platform of the LIFE CLINMED-FARM project was held on the afternoon of October 19. The Platform had the participation of entities from both the public and private administrations as well as from the social sector. The meeting...

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The LIFE CLINMED-FARM project has received funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union.

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