On the 6th of November, the launch of the LIFE project LIFE farm4more took place in University College Dublin. LIFE farm4more is a four-year agricultural pilot project jointly funded by the EU’s LIFE programme and the Irish Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment. The 5.5 million project which is being led by UCD (Prof Kevin McDonnell, Dr Fionnuala Murphy & Dr Joe Sweeney) is the first Irish led LIFE climate action project and is being split evenly between partner organisations in Ireland (UCD, BRID & BMRS) and Austria (TBWR, AREC & Biochar-Nergy).
LIFE farm4more aims to implement a suite of technologies, strategies and techniques to achieve climate mitigation in animal protein production. The two technology implementations central to this project are a novel biochar- and green biorefinery-pilot plant both of which are being commissioned in Austria. The biochar pilot plant aims to produce GHG reducing animal feed additives while the green biorefinery aims to process organic grass-silage into high value organic protein feeds (pigs and chickens) and green chemicals. The biorefinery pilot plant will also produce an organic grass silage press cake which will be tested for its ruminant animal feed properties.
LIFE farm4more partner group photo at LIFE farm4More’s project launch held in UCD.
LIFE farm4more launch Image Credit: University College Dublin