The DeSTination project kicks off



We have started the new post-doc research project "DeSTInation: Decision Support Tool for an Integrated Food Waste Valorisation System". The objective of the project is to develop a decision support tool for an integrated food waste valorisation system where the availability of feedstock, its bioconversion efficiency, and the related environmental and techno-economic effects are considered.


Food waste is among the most generated biogenic waste around the globe. Annually 1/3 of the global food produced is wasted, and waste occurs at all stages of the food supply chain causing negative environmental, economic and social effects. Food waste can efficiently be used as feedstock in waste biorefinery that can result in a number of value-added products. Food waste can play an important role in developing sustainable circular bioeconomy. Yet, there is a lack of tools for assessment of food waste valorisation systems. In the project a decision support tool will be developed for an integrated food waste valorisation system where the availability of feedstock, its bioconversion efficiency, and the related environmental and techno-economic effects are considered. The novelty of the project is the selected hybrid modelling methodology that provides the possibility to test and assess a variety of food waste valorisation scenarios before their implementation.


The DeSTInation project is funded under the European Regional Development Fund Specific Objective 1.1.1 “Improve research and innovation capacity and the ability of Latvian research institutions to attract external funding, by investing in human capital and infrastructure” 1.1.1.2. measure “Post-doctoral Research Aid”. Project application selection round No.3. Project No. 1.1.1.2/VIAA/3/19/528.


To get more info about the project, contact the post-doc researcher Elina Dace: elina.dace@lu.lv