Participants of the EU-funded project Res4Live (Energy smart livestock farming - towards zero fossil fuel consumption) will meet at ATB on Nov 24-25 to discuss results and upcoming research tasks. On Friday the meeting offers a field trip to LVAT in Groß Kreutz.
The overall objective of RES4LIVE is to provide advanced and cost-effective technologies to the livestock sector that ensure the sustainability of the farms’ operation, and the superior thermal comfort of the animals for increased productivity with minimum climate change impact.
Res4Live involves 17 partners from 8 countries. The consortium is made of 4 Universities, 4 Research Organizations, 6 SMEs, 1 Farm and 2 International Associations.
Fossil fuel use in agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with significant contributions to global climate change and the risk of food security. One of the most energy-consuming sub-sectors of agriculture is intensive livestock that is mainly based on fossil fuels use. However, more sustainable livestock production and decarbonising energy needs in husbandry facilities emerge as crucial aspects within the EU. With declining costs and improvement of reliability and performance of key renewable energy sources (RES) technologies (e.g. PVs, heat pumps, biogas), the opportunities for farmers and specifically for livestock producers to engage in RES production are increasing, and new business models are emerging. The adaptation of RES technologies and machinery and their demonstration at a large-scale on farm level require supporting measures with respect to spatial planning, infrastructure, different business models and market organisation. RES4LIVE seeks to address these needs to ensure a wider adoption of RES and energy efficiency technologies, machinery and techniques in livestock farms towards zero fossil fuel consumption.