Benchmarking environmental impacts of IMTA

IDREEM partners Angelica Mendoza and Jeroen Guinée from Leiden University-CML took part at the conference organized by the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE) entitled: “Industrial Ecology and Green Transformations” from May 25th to 27th in Bogota, Colombia. This conference gathered academics, industrials and policy makers working on sustainability in various economic sectors from various countries around the globe. It encouraged the exchange of experiences and advances in the field of Industrial Ecology, particularly cutting edge research on sustainable innovative industrial systems and policy making.

IDREEM IMTA production systems are perfect examples of industrial systems striving for a more sustainable production of fish and other seafood. In this context, we presented our latest and preliminary outcomes of a Comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of IMTA and monoculture production systems by one of the SMEs of the IDREEM project. The presentation showed the application of a novel method for comparative LCAs, to the monoculture and IMTA system. It was entitled: “Benchmarking environmental impacts of Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) production: accounting for inventory and choice uncertainty in a comparative decision context”.

The presentation raised much attention in terms of methodological developments but also in terms of the significance of IMTA as a key example of Industrial Ecology concepts such as: the reuse of waste streams, the potential of such technology in a circular economy and closing loops of nutrients at farm levels. We hope to advance in this research during the coming months and apply a similar methodology to evaluate the environmental impacts of IMTA of other SMEs in IDREEM too.

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