With the official title “Multi-assessment of alternative fertilisers for promoting local sustainable value chains and clean ecosystems“, FER-PLAY is advancing the use and production of alternative fertilisers, supporting Europe in its transformation to a more circular and resource-independent economy while safeguarding ecosystem health.
In a step-by-step process, the project draws from the consortium’s diverse expertise to map and select viable and sustainable alternative value chains, using the Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment method to determine the strongest contenders along environmental, economic, social acceptance, regulatory, and technical grounds.
FER-PLAY is tapping into partner networks to engage stakeholders in co-creation processes to share their needs to increase the uptake and impact of results and ensure the proposed value chains find an enabling regulatory environment, and willing producers and end-users.
Farmers and farmers associations
Waste valorisation & agricultural researchers
By fostering the uptake and use of alternative fertilisers, the FER-PLAY project aims to support European goals such as:
Preventing water and soil contamination: By 2050, 2.83M tonnes less fertilisers leached into the environment each year
Replacing the +3.77 M tonnes of conventional fertilisers with alternative ones
Mitigating GHG emissions from the agricultural sector: 88% of CO2 and 87% of N2O emissions by 2050
Improving resource independence: Reduce fertiliser imports by 20% leading to savings up to €689.38M per year, diversifying EU sources of nutrient supply
Promoting the development of the circular bioeconomy at local and regional levels.
FER-PLAY is building a community with related projects, networks and start-ups to further the communication and dissemination efforts of other projects working towards similar goals.