Project SummarySCAR-STEP aims to utilise unique approaches to treat animal manures to reduce gaseous emissions, and to generate a potentially ‘enhanced’ feedstock for a range of energy production technologies, or alternatively as a fertiliser with potentially large quantities of carbon and nitrogen available.
Essentially, SCAR-STEP directly addresses the issues surrounding agricultural waste – a valuable resource which has uses as an organic fertiliser/feedstock for: biogas production, biorefining and bioprocessing in the emerging circular economy. Currently, 70% of all EU manure is collected and stored for up to 6 months, leading to decomposition and harmful carbon and nitrogen-containing greenhouse gases. Loss of these valuable nutrients leads to: (a) an energy feedstock with poorer yields in manure-fed AD plants, and (b) a less valuable fertiliser resulting in the purchase of significant quantities of synthetic chemical fertiliser. Stored manure emissions affect all citizens, driving climate change and accounting for 16% of all GHG emissions from the EU agricultural sector. The EU has set targets to reduce GHG emissions (at least 40%, 2030) and increase energy production from renewable sources (DK national 2020 target: 50% livestock manure for biogas production).
The project requires partners from public authorities, energy agencies, agricultural bodies, research institutes, SME (Energy providers - CHP, gasification, valorisation; logistics) in participating countries: BE, FR, DE, LU, NL, CHE.