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OLIVEN - Opportunities for olive oil value chain enhancement through the by-products valorisation    


  • Mahdi Fendri, Olive Tree Institute; Tunisia

  • Nilgun Pehlivan, Ankara University; Turkey

  • Sahnur Irmak, Olive Research Institute; Turkey



Olive oil value chain; life cycle assessment; by-products valorisation; environmental impacts


Olive oil value chain generates a variety of by-products, particularly during the agricultural and oil production phase, which currently are neglected and dealt with as a waste. This increases the costs for waste treatment of each olive mill, resulting in a heavier economic an environmental burden across the value chain. Moreover, during the agricultural phase many good agricultural practices should be monitored in order to minimize the environmental and economic impacts such as the choice of the cultivar, the density of plantation, the irrigation system adapted and fertilization operations, pruning, chemical pest control and harvesting among others. Thus, in order to design a more efficient and environmentally friendly olive oil chain, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an important methodology to identify the processes which give the most significant environmental problems. The aim of the Project OLIVEN will be to define successful technologies for olive industry wastes and by-products valorisation focusing on the value chain enhancement for Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. To achieve this, several objectives will be carried out: a) to develop a state-of-the-art of the olive oil value chain and current by-products and wastes valorisation techniques in each country involved; b) to identify innovative and mature technologies for olive by-products and wastes valorisation; c) to perform a comparative LCA and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) of the current most representative olive oil value chains, evaluating the improvements proposed. Thus, the following expected results will be achieved:•To provide useful information for local association of olive oil producers in Spain, Tunisia and Turkey in order to change their habits towards more sustainable solutions and to rethink the local value chain in a systematic way.•To obtain new solutions and innovative techniques for by-products and wastes valorisation (based on successful technologies) for a better environmental and economic sustainability management of the olive oil value chain.•To improve soil and water quality and agronomic practices with limited input use of energy, water and chemical products (pesticides and fertilizers).•Enhance the farmers' and olive oil producers’ incomes through access to new markets as energy auto-production and exportation (thermal and electricity), biomass traders, biofuels and fertilizers production, boosting the rural economy.









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