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Life DOP & Virgilio: Circular economy in a high-quality dairy industry

Virgilio

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Italy
City: 
Mantua (Lombardia Region)

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Project elaborated in partnership: 
Yes

Scope:

Submitted by: 
ICESP (Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform)
Start/End date: 
09/2016 to 03/2021
Ongoing: 
Yes
Expected end date: 
03/2021
Description: 

This Life DOP project, operated in partnership with the Italian dairy company Consorzio Latterie Virgilio, uses livestock waste in anaerobic digestion plants to produce renewable energy and renewable fertilisers (solid digestate) which are then exported to non-livestock areas. As well as promoting circularity and the production of renewable energy and fertilisers, the project helps reduce the intrinsic impact of farming. Methane emissions generated during the slurry storage phase are drastically reduced.

Main results: 

Since the project began in 2016, it has produced 20 million kwh of renewable energy and avoided 350 tons of methane emissions.