OLEAF4VALUE is a three-year project that will develop a complete valorisation system for the olive leaf. Globally, 4.5 million tons of olive leaves are produced every year by the olive oil industry, a key industry in southern Europe and along the Mediterranean basin. This biomass represents a challengefor both the farmers and the whole olive oil industry, who need to remove it from the fields and the olive oil mills. Olive leaves may generatecurrently an environmental and economic problem when not collected. OLEAF4VALUE will assemble a competitive consortium of highly experienced partners* devoted to the complete valorisation of this underexploited raw material.
The goal of OLEAF4VALUE is to set up the basis of a smart value chain based on a disruptive and first-of-its kind concept: Smart Dynamic Multi-Valorisation-Route Biorefinery (SAMBIO) for the cascade valorisation of the olive leaf biomass according to its physicochemical composition, particularly modulated by specific pre-treatments to produce target products. Advanced green extraction and isolation technologies will be used to sequentially separate all fractions and compounds of value, with a zero-waste approach. Enzymatic biotransformation and nanoencapsulation technologies will be applied to develop tailor-made prototypes according to end user market needs from high value sectors: food, feed, health, cosmetic, pharma, and chemical industries. Large companies from these sectors within the consortium will guarantee a good market-oriented approach throughout the project.
NNFCC are involved in four of the work packages, including the impact assessment, review of regulations and consumer considerations, and the communication and dissemination activities. Most notably, we are leading the commercialisation work package 'Paving the way towards market launching' and will be developing exploitation plans and business models for the products and processes piloted by the partners in the consortium. We will also be responsible for producing reports on Regulations and Standards of relevance to the products and processes being considered, and evaluating the individual Value Chains.