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Group Announces Project to Reduce Impact of Olive Oil Production

Jan. 16, 2011
By Charlie Higgins

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The orga­ni­za­tion CITOLIVA announced a set of ini­tia­tives to reduce the envi­ron­men­tal impact of olive oil pro­duc­tion in the SUDOE“region, which includes South­ern France, Spain and Por­tu­gal, in a con­fer­ence held in the Span­ish province of Jaén this week.

CITOLIVA direc­tor Cristina de Toro and Ernesto Ríos López, Assis­tant Direc­tor of Indus­trial Devel­op­ment and Inno­va­tion at Spain’s Ministry’s of Land and Marine Envi­ron­ment, were among the keynote speak­ers at the event. López expressed his sup­port for the ini­tia­tives:

They con­cern a prod­uct so impor­tant to the Mediter­ranean diet, to our insti­tu­tion, and that which is key to our ministry’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity and reduc­ing our envi­ron­men­tal foot­print.”

In her speech Cristina de Toro stated the main goal of CITOLIVA’s ini­tia­tives, which is to unite olive oil pro­duc­ers in the SUDOE region with regards to sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tion and land use. By con­sol­i­dat­ing these areas of the indus­try and apply­ing more eco­log­i­cally effi­cient pro­duc­tion meth­ods, the orga­ni­za­tion hopes to improve SUDOE olive oil’s com­pet­i­tive­ness in the inter­na­tional mar­ket.

CITOLIVA will col­lab­o­rate with another orga­ni­za­tion, OiLCA, which will con­duct research to deter­mine the eco­log­i­cal impacts of olive oil pro­duc­tion. The group will look at every stage of pro­duc­tion, from seed to bot­tle, with the goal of estab­lish­ing a stan­dard set of pro­ce­dures regard­ing waste man­age­ment and other fac­tors that affect the envi­ron­ment.

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A half a dozen other orga­ni­za­tions from the SUDOE region have agreed to join CITOLIVA’s call for sus­tain­abil­ity. They include Cen­tre Tec­nológic de Man­resa (Barcelona, Spain), Insti­tuto Andaluz de Tec­nología (Sevilla, Spain), Cen­tro para Val­oriza­ção de Resid­uos (Braga, Por­tu­gal), Lab­o­ra­toire de Chimie AgroIn­dus­trielle (Toulouse, France) and Asso­ci­ação de Olivicul­tores de Tras-os- Montes e Alto Douro (Miran­dela, Por­tuga).

The entire project is expected to last two years and will have a bud­get of over 900,000 Euros (US$1.2M). CITOLIVA and oth­ers involved hope the project will improve industry’s image while help­ing to mit­i­gate cli­mate change through more strin­gent envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies.



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