Farrelly & Mitchell, a leader in agribusiness consulting, is pleased to showcase their significant contributions to the European Union-funded UNLOCK project. With extensive experience in sustainable agricultural practices, Farrelly & Mitchell have authored three comprehensive reports offering insights into transforming poultry feather waste into sustainable bio-based products. The reports analyse the industry’s current practices, economic impacts, and strategic opportunities across key European countries.
Farrelly & Mitchell's Strategic Role in the UNLOCK Project:
The reports led by Farrelly & Mitchell with contributions from partners, including Polish poultry processor CEDROB, provide a detailed analysis of the poultry breeding, meat processing, and rendering industries in key EU countries. They highlight feather feedstock availability, economic distribution among key actors, and challenges in establishing feather-based value chains:
Farrelly & Mitchell have been crucial in understanding the dynamics and potential of feather waste valorisation, influencing the UNLOCK project’s development of sustainable feather-based value chains.
Overview of the UNLOCK Project:
Funded by the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), the UNLOCK project involves 14 partners from seven EU countries and aims to create a feather-based bioeconomy. It focuses on producing functional bio-based materials for agricultural applications such as forest/seed trays, nonwoven geotextiles, mulch films, and hydroponic foams. These materials offer environmental benefits like biodegradation, nitrogen enrichment for soils, and zero waste at end-of-life. The project utilizes different processes - mechanical treatment, steam explosion, microbial fermentation - to valorise feathers based on the end products desired. Annually, Europe generates 3.6 million tonnes of poultry waste, which UNLOCK seeks to transform into high-value, sustainable agricultural products.
The reports offer critical insights into the challenges and potential solutions, guiding the industry towards more sustainable and circular practices. For access to the full reports, please visit the UNLOCK Project Resources.