These 9 projects have been shortlisted for the “Citizen’s Award” by a panel of National Contact Points. Now it is your turn to vote!
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The winning project will be rewarded during the LIFE Awards ceremony on 16 May 2019, as part of
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Project: LIFE BIOCOPACPlus
Description: The LIFE BIOCOPACPlus project, a follow up to the BIOCOPAC project, aims to demonstrate the technical feasibility and the effectiveness on an industrial scale of the production of a bio-lacquer obtained from the reuse of tomato waste (i.e. skins) – the lacquer will serve as a coating for food contact applications in metal cans.
Specifically, the project aims to:
Give value to tomato industry by-products, by offering alternative strategies for waste reuse and minimisation in accordance with the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC);
Design and scale up a prototype processing plant for the extraction of cutin from tomato skins;
Optimise the prototype plant in terms of resource efficiency and saving (water, energy, emissions) and of economic sustainability, by using automated technologies and low maintenance strategies;
Scale up the formulation of the lacquer processed using the extracted cutin and environmental friendly solvents;
Find the best storage condition for the cutin, to guarantee a continuous production of the bio-lacquer;
Demonstrate the technological suitability of the bio-lacquer for food packaging applications and perform a lifecycle assessment for the new eco-cans;
Demonstrate compliance with the EU regulation for food contact materials at the end of the shelf-life of the food cans; and Analyse the economic potential of the tomato skins (e.g. for bio-energy applications).
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