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New approach to feed production can transform climate impact of industries including fish farming


Two projects at the University of Edinburgh’s Innogen Institute are showing how a circular economy approach to feed production, using new bio-materials, can help industries including fish farming achieve climate change goals.

Within aquaculture – the seafood farming industry - fish feed accounts for more than 90% of greenhouse gas emissions. Innogen researchers have been studying how biomaterial products such as Proton™ and other innovations in fish feed and fish management can contribute to the success of climate and environmental priorities.

The products in development use waste materials or by-products from other industry sectors.

This research is part of the Innogen Institute’s approach to supporting the bioeconomy and the circular economy to achieve societal and environmental policies related to climate change and biodiversity protection.

The two projects have been featured as a case study by the University’s Edinburgh Innovations project.

Joyce Tait, Co-Director of the Innogen Institute and Professor in the School of Social and Political Science’s Science, Technology and Innovation Studies department, has a major role in both projects.

She said: “We are asking how you can get the best of all possible worlds, which of the many opportunities will offer optimal benefits and fewest disadvantages, and what kinds of policy support will be needed to deliver them.”

Read the case study:

Edinburgh Innovations | Re-thinking the circular economy

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