Author: Elena Díez

EDAFOTEC will participate in the EU Green Week (#EUGreenWeek) with an infoday on 18 May 2021 within the international initiative "4p1000 - "Soils for Food Security and Climate" with the event "Nature-based solutions for soils regeneration towards the circular economy". The 2021 edition of the EU Green Week will be held again from 31 May to 4 June 2021, with partner events taking place between 3 May and 13 June. This edition will be dedicated to the "Aiming for zero pollution" key action of the European Green Deal. Therefore, other relevant European Green Deal initiatives, such as climate initiatives and the forthcoming chemicals strategy, as well as initiatives in the fields of energy, industry, mobility, agriculture, fisheries, health and biodiversity will also be discussed. The EU Green Week 2021 will be an opportunity for all stakeholders and interested citizens to agree on how we can work together...

BtoGsoils started in February 2021 and will run until the end of 2022. During the course of the project, EDAFOTEC will carry out a pilot project in a public plot of the City of O Porriño, with the aim of decontaminating the area affected by lindane, using nature-based technologies. Lindane is an organochlorine pesticide widely used in the agri-food and pharmaceutical industry until the 1990s. This pesticide is highly polluting and persistent. Decontamination of areas affected by this pesticide will substantially improve the health and quality of life of people and habitats where it is currently present across Europe.  ...

BtoGsoils, "Greening brownfields. A circular technology for decontamination of industrial soils", a R&D project developed by EDAFOTEC received in 2020 the "Seal of Excellence" in the Green Deal call of the European Union's H2020 programme. As a result of this Seal of Excellence, the project has been co-financed by European funds (ERDF) through GAIN, the Galician Innovation Agency, and also has the support and collaboration of the City Council of O Porriño in Galicia. BtoGsoils started in February 2021 and will run until the end of 2022. During the course of the project, EDAFOTEC will carry out a pilot project in a public plot of the City of O Porriño, with the aim of decontaminating the area affected by lindane, using nature-based technologies. Lindane is an organochlorine pesticide widely used in the agri-food and pharmaceutical industry until the 1990s. This pesticide is highly polluting and persistent. Decontamination of...

On 18 March, Edafotec had the honour of participating in the 2021 Green Carbon Webinar Series, a series of seminars organised by Christian Wurzer, PhD student at the UK Biochar Research Centre, as part of the Green Carbon European Training Network. In the talk we gave, entitled "Application of biochar for soil decontamination", we wanted to highlight the fact that traditional technologies, commonly used in the remediation of contaminated soils, are costly and environmentally unfriendly. Biochar is an alternative to traditional technologies and has a high potential in the field of soil decontamination. Both individually and in combination with artificial soils, it is a more sustainable and cost-effective alternative and makes a significant contribution to achieving a circular economy and climate-neutral reality. For more information, you can watch the full talk at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37nWhLA0ACo&t...

EDAFOTEC, on March 29th, has been admitted as a full partner of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). GSP is a United Nations mechanism, within FAO, created in 2012, with the mission to put soils on the Global Agenda through collective action. Its key objectives are to promote Sustainable Soil Management (SLM) and improve soil governance to ensure healthy and productive soils, supporting the provision of essential ecosystem services for food security and improved nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development. The GSP is an open, interactive, responsive and voluntary partnership that includes FAO member countries and GSP partners: governmental organizations, universities, civil institutions, research centers, soil science societies, UN agencies, NGOs, private companies, farmers' associations, and donors. It is a pleasure for our company, and we look forward to making a positive contribution to its development.  ...

EDAFOTEC is one of 12 companies that have been selected from 153 proposals worldwide to participate in the next phase of selection of open innovation technologies for mine tailings management. EDAFOTEC is satisfied to be considered in a very specific competition, in which participants from all over the world took part....

EDAFOTEC supports the initiative of the FAO in the celebration of World Soil Day. World Soil Day (WSD) is annually celebrated  on 5 December since 2014, when the UN designated this date at the proposal of the FAO one year ago. The origins of the idea go back to 2002 thanks to the encouragement of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), which proposed this event within the framework of the World Soil Alliance, a collaborative forum that arose from the need to share sustainable experiences in order to recover a soil that we thought was an infinite resource. The aim of this event is to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems that guarantee human well-being with efficient soil management. We must keep in mind that the soil is a living resource that is home to more than 25% of the biodiversity of our planet...

Edafotec will participate in the virtual event AgriTech 4.0 on January 29 with a presentation on the use of artificial soils to rehabilitate degraded soils. The event is organized by Tech 4.0 and will explore the wide range of opportunities to improve agriculture and how new technologies will influence the agricultural environment during the next 25 years by providing sustainable solutions for food production. More than 300 international agricultural professionals, from both companies and universities, will participate in the event to analyze the strategic context of current and future programs and development in AgriTech.  ...

The director of the Galician Agency for Innovation (Gain), Patricia Argerey, visited Edafotec on 24/11/2020, which is developing with the support of the Xunta an innovation project recognized with the Seal of Excellence of the European Commission. Edafotec was a beneficiary of the two types of grants co-financed by the Feder Galicia 2014-2020 program, which aims to promote the participation of Galician entities in the Horizon 2020 program. Edafotec will carry out the BtoGsoils project, an innovation initiative that offers a cutting-edge technology based on the combination of custom-made artificial soils with local bacteria and biochar to solve soil contamination problems in industrial areas. This solution, which is highly competitive because it is based on nature, is environmentally friendly, durable and involves cost savings, received the seal of excellence of the SME Instrument Phase 2 of H2020. Press release from the Xunta de Galicia...

EDAFOTEC has been invited once again to participate in the MINNOVATION Mining Forum, organised by the Sonora Mining Cluster (Mexico), which will be held between 25 and 27 November. The conference will focus on Mine Closure and Circular Economy. The director of EDAFOTEC will share the conference with Professor Nieto from the University of Huelva and scientific advisor to EDAFOTEC, and Olga Briseño from Black to Green, EDAFOTEC's commercial partner in Mexico.  ...