Senior forskareContact Susanne
60-70% of all soil in Europe is damaged, due to pollution, intensive agriculture and climate change. MarginUp! shall develop sustainable value chains to produce bio-based products and biofuels from raw materials that are grown on low-productive agricultural land, so-called marginal land.
30% of all land in the EU 28 region is classified as marginal land. The project is coordinated by the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) and takes place in collaboration between 29 partners from eight different European countries and two international partners (Argentina and South Africa).
The goal of the project is to increase knowledge about the production and use of biomass with low Iluc risk (indirect land use change) for different agricultural systems and climate conditions in Europe.
The consortium is built around seven regional demonstration sites known as "use-cases" located in Europe - in Spain, Greece, Sweden, Germany and Hungary - as well as in Argentina and South Africa.
The demonstration sites in Europe intend to develop the following value chains:
Each use case takes into account the area's current use and characteristics and suggests crops and crop rotation strategies that improve biodiversity and increase soil productivity according to local requirements.
In Sweden, land use efficiency is to be improved in Västerbotten and Norrbotten by developing and optimizing a value chain for turnip rape in northern Sweden for biodiesel production and obtaining protein-rich animal feed and biogas from by-products. Cultivation trials will be set up at Öjebyn Agropark in Piteå and tests will be carried out in the Ernst Express biodiesel plant. The work in Sweden is carried out in collaboration with RISE AB, Hushållningssällskapet Norrbotten and Västerbotten and Ernst Express.
Region Norrbotten, Region Västerbotten
Project partner, Swedish use-case leader, WP-leader
8 700 000 SEK
ATB, RISE, ZALF, CLUBE, ATLANTIS, INTER3, IFAU, G!E, CICYTEX/JUNTAEX, PILZE, SUN, UBA, UNSAM, ZIC, MODULARHOME, CERESNET, AMBIENTA, CTAEX, DIADYMA, ALFA WOOD, ERNSTS, HUSHÅLLNINGSSÄLLSKAPET, SECALFLOR, INNOMINE DIH, BZN, KUJÁNI