5.1 Development of tools for the transfer of knowledge and lessons learned 

Climate change mitigation strategies are not usually sufficient in themselves for the sector’s agents to adopt them. They must be part of new management models reinforced by economic incentives such as savings in energy costs or in the consumption of synthetic fertilizers. In order to transfer technical knowledge to end users and achieve knowledge transfer, the following tools will be developed:

A GUIDE of Good Practices that gathers all the practical information for the implementation of the demonstrated techniques.
The creation of two Local Platforms (LP), one in Aragon and the other in Piedmont in which administration, agricultural sector and civil society (i.e. consumers, etc.) participate. The project will benefit from the support of I+Porc – national cluster of pig producers in Spain – and the Italian Biogas Consortium. 
The objectives pursued by the local platforms will be:

– Raise awareness in the agricultural sector of the growing challenges: climate change, ammonia emissions, water quality, fertilizer consumption, circular economy of nutrients and energy balances.

– To report on the development of the project and transfer know-how and lessons learned. The data and results of the project will generate discussions to better understand how the techniques demonstrated in the project can be part of the solution.

– Discuss effective incentives to reduce emissions in agriculture in a way that also promotes new and innovative solutions.

– Contribute to the development or improvement of environmental and agricultural regulations.

– Provide support and advice on the replication of the techniques on other farms by demonstrating that the project results are widely transferable and deployable in other areas.

5.2 Replication of the mitigation techniques in other farms.

Building on the work done by the local platforms, the project will develop a Transfer plan that will address the transfer of the techniques demonstrated in the project to other farms as follows:

1. Identify key criteria, indicators and barriers to find favourable scenarios that maximize the benefits of the techniques (year 1).

2. Explore and contact new farms. The coordinators of the local platforms will explore the intention of their members to adopt the proven techniques and identify potentially interested entities (year 2).

3. A preliminary study and a short-term baseline assessment of scenarios with interest in replicating the demonstrated techniques or practices (year 3).

4. Implementation of the techniques at the new sites under the monitoring and supervision of the project partners (year 4).