This work has been formalized through a contract between the European Commission Directorate General of Environment, the consortium formed by CBMI-The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (Aarhus University), Agro Business Park A/S , Risø DTU (Technical University of Denmark), the Institute for Agri Food Technology and Innovation and Engineering College of Aarhus, and the Catalan Foundation GIRO Technological Centre, which patrons are IRTA, the UPC, and the Government of Catalonia.
Broadly, the project should indicate the amount of manure and slurry treated in each member state, according to the scale of operation (in farm or collective). The techniques and kinds of treatment used, and type of products obtained and their market will be studied. Regarding technology, those currently being applied, those under development and those considered the best available ones will be studied. For more common techniques, an economic analysis should be carried out.
One of the activities to perform will be the characterization of seven existing average facilities to serve as case study and European model (2 from Denmark, 1 from Holland, 1 from Slovenia and 3 from Catalonia). This will imply placing the Catalan industry as a European benchmark in this field.
The works started in December 2010 and will end in late October 2011. The director of the GIRO, Dr. Xavier Flotats, thinks that "the final report must be a quality job, since it will be a reference document in Europe for the next several years."