The BIT Foundation and the company Terracor collaborate on an important European project to promote sustainability in Mediterranean agri-foods.

Aug 9, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The initiative brings together nine partners from the European regions of Occitania, Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, with the aim of promoting the circular economy.

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The BIT Foundation and the company Terracor

The Bit Foundation and Terracor, a fruit and vegetable producer, are jointly participating in the ambitious European project “The Circular Economy and Sustainable Solutions for Agrifood in the Mediterranean” (CESAM). This project brings together nine partners from the European regions of Occitània, Catalonia, and the Balearic Islands, with the aim of promoting the circular economy and sustainable solutions in the agri-food sector.

The initiative is part of the EGTC Euroregion Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion (EPM), within the Interregional I3 program, a European Commission funding framework that aims to support interregional collaboration in innovation and investment in innovative projects in Europe.

The CESAM consortium, coordinated by the Euroregion Pyrenees Mediterranean (EPM), is composed of four institutional partners belonging to the Regional Innovation Ecosystems (Regional Innovation Agencies, Clusters and Specialized Public Administration), Bit Foundation, Agency for Enterprise Competitiveness – ACCIÓ, Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation (ASOI) and AD’OCC.

It also involves five small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with specific investment needs to scale their innovative solutions: NewTimes, Asclepios Tech, Terracor, Derypol and GoZeroWaste. With this partnership, the CESAM project aims to promote innovative circular economy and sustainability solutions for the three regions, with a high potential for development in other European regions.

The project will also have an open call for initiatives for four areas or solutions of circular economy and sustainability, related to the treatment and recycling of industrial water, the production and use of sustainable packaging and eco-design without plastic and through new materials or circular solutions, the optimization of processes and circular processes for waste reduction, and the valorization of co-products.

As part of the CESAM project, Terracor will work closely with Asclepios Tech (OCC) to test new technology to reduce the use of chemicals and water in cultivation. The Mallorcan company is expected to receive close to 100,000 euros from the European Union through this project, an investment that will strengthen sustainable initiatives and promote innovation in the agri-food sector.

The results of the CESAM project, still in its early stages, are expected to have a significant impact on the promotion of sustainability and the circular economy in the agri-food sector of the regions involved and can be transferred to other regions as well.