This project aimed at reducing mineral fertilizers and chemicals use in SME farming agriculture by recycling treated organics as safe compost and biochar products.

The key objectives of the REFERTIL project were improving compost treatment systems and developing zero emission biochar technologies at the industrial scale for safe and economic nutrient recovery processes. Beyond the technological development the REFERTIL project also provided a strong policy support in the revision of the Fertiliser Regulation (Reg. EC No. 2003/2003) and possible inclusion of biochar - as organic fertiliser and soil additive. The REFERTIL project helped also define the improved compost and biochar quality and safety criteria and standards in the EU28 for safer, better, less costly and more environmental friendly utilization of the EU28 generated 150 M t/y plant/animal biomass waste streams.




  • Aarhus Universitet
  • Biomasa del Guadalquivir
  • Comune di Grugliasco
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet
  • Koto
  • Profikomp
  • Renetech Bioresources
  • Terra Humana Ltd
  • UNITO Universita degli studi di Torino
  • VFL - Videncentret for Landbrug
  • Wessling
  • WUR – DLO



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