EURADA meets Pomurje

On February 15, 2011, in Regional growth, by Jurij Kobal

Regional development in Slovenia has new elements. Besides new legislation comming to force there are other softer and long term activities run by several organizations in Slovenia. Oikos and Pristop invited EURADA (European association of development agencies) to perform a peer review of the regional developmwnt structures in Pomurje. Among others this knowledge will leater be used to design regional strategies and regional development structures.

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Oikos is a partner in a 810.000 €-worth project cofinanced by the Eureka! Programme ( Other partners are: University of Maribor – Faculty for Mechanical Engineering (Slovenia), Technological-Metallurgic Faculty and Faculty for Mechanical Engineering of the University of Belgrade, Serbia and companies Perutnina Ptuj d.d. (Slovenia), Milbis Agrar d.o.o. and Peleti d.o.o. (Serbia).

The main objective of this project is to perform a wiEureka labelde study of the possibilities of achieving “zero waste” concept in feather wastes of poultry industry, i.e. use of waste feather in development and production of various types of side products of higher added value. Feathers are important waste of poultry industry, which is currently converted into low nutritional value pet food and/or is sanitized and land-filled.

The costs for such disposal come to the poultry industry, and finally to consumers. It was estimated, that 5 Mt of feathers are produced annually worldwide as a waste stream from the production of chicken meat. During the project, three different side products will be studied thoroughly: 1) preparation of nonwovens for erosion control, 2) preparation of fibreboard insulating panels and 3) preparation of functional keratin composite films.

These three application possibilities have different costs, but also different potentials for use. Oikos shall assess each of these products with the method of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) followed by a cost-benefit analysis. The results will show to what extent it is feasible to focus the “zero waste” approach to feather waste on production of composite films compared to other products with less added value, but that are in high demand and could also more easily help solving several environmental problems (zero waste in poultry and wood processing industry, insulation).