Icelandic Innovators explore possibilities for Nordic protein self-sufficiency

 

On December 10th EIT Climate-KIC Nordic and Copenhagen University, Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) gathered Icelandic innovators from academia and industry to map out the way towards Nordic protein self-sufficiency and sustainable food security through aquaculture, industry side-streams, algae and insects.

“We want to facilitate the development and growth of a Nordic protein industry in a joint effort between academia, public organizations, companies and start-ups. We believe, that Iceland has some especially interesting competencies to contribute to this process” – says Jesica Murcia Lopez from IFRO, who has been leading a series of Climate-KIC supported activities around Nordic alternative proteins and the potentials for replacing imported soy with local, sustainable protein sources.

Innovators join forces

Bio-economy experts from the industry: Matís, Marel, Codland, Algaeinnovation, Síldarsvinnslan, Svinna-verkfrædi and HB Grandi and from academia: University of Iceland, The Agricultural University of Iceland and University of Akureyri met for a workshop in Reykjavik to explore potentials for future collaboration.
The workshop was led by lead by Pernille Martiny Modvig from Climate-KIC and Jesica Murcia Lopez from IFRO and the goal was to establish future collaborations and set a common direction for the numerous initiatives within the field of new bio-economic value chains and sustainable protein alternatives to imported soy.

“We are delighted to work with such significant players within the field of bio-economy. We want to explore potentials and driving factors towards establishing a Nordic protein industry to replace imported soy in food and feed” – says Pernille Martiny Modvig, who sees great potentials in joining forces across research fields and protein sources. “Iceland has an incredibly strong aquaculture industry and innovators here are agile and active. We need to combine all of our Nordic protein sources to be able to reach the scale and competitiveness, it will take for the market to be ready to replace soy with sustainable proteins. I believe that our North Atlantic friends have a lot to offer in this process.” Pernille continues.

The burning platform

With a growing world population, global food security will be one of the greatest challenges of our time. The area of farmed land is constantly expanding thus outcompeting the forests which we depend on to keep C02 levels at stake. It is essential for future food security in the Nordics, that we replace imported soy with sustainable, locally grown, plant-based, insect-based or algae-based proteins for food and especially for feedstock.

An untapped Nordic potential for green growth

The Nordic region is in a unique position to build a regional protein industry. With an extensive aquaculture industry and some of the world´s leading research institutions along with strong support systems for entrepreneurship, the region holds a huge, untapped potential for self-sufficiency when it comes to protein to ensure food security without compromising the environment.

 
Location
Iceland
Articles you may be interested in
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Copenhagen welcomes city delegates from China and India for Nordic Master Clas...

Liveable and sustainable cities are vital to global well-being....

Copenhagen welcomes city delegates from China and India for Nordic Master Class
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Access Cities – using Open Innovation to create sustainable urban changes

Right now, cities all over the world are grappling...

Access Cities – using Open Innovation to create sustainable urban changes
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Students joining forces to address climate change

Three months ago, a group of engineering students at...

Students joining forces to address climate change
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Aqua Robur secures Horizon Prize for zero power water monitoring

EIT Climate-KIC supported start-up Aqua Robur has won the...

Aqua Robur secures Horizon Prize for zero power water monitoring
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Parkergies announced winning solution of Open Innovation Call

On Friday 12 April an Open Innovation Day following...

Parkergies announced winning solution of Open Innovation Call
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
New report cements wood as the future of construction

In a new report, 25 examples of using wood...

New report cements wood as the future of construction
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC launches new Open Innovation White Paper

Open Innovation in the form of for example case...

EIT Climate-KIC launches new Open Innovation White Paper
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Enhanced co-operation on the path towards Zero Emission Construction Sites

Around 50 experts with the common vision of transforming...

Enhanced co-operation on the path towards Zero Emission Construction Sites
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Ten new cleantech start-ups battle their way into our Accelerator

Our Accelerator Spring Intake Boot Camp came to a...

Ten new cleantech start-ups battle their way into our Accelerator
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Identification of Urban Resilient Water Solutions in India – Open Innova...

With a population poised to increase by 400 million...

Identification of Urban Resilient Water Solutions in India – Open Innovation Call
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Parking for Power – Open Innovation Call

EIT Climate-KIC is presenting yet another Open Innovation Call...

Parking for Power – Open Innovation Call
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC Nordic, Novozymes and HelloScience exploring synergies through...

At the nexus of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and (Bio)technology, EIT...

EIT Climate-KIC Nordic, Novozymes and HelloScience exploring synergies through collaborative experiments
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Launch of New Partnership with the Climate Leadership Coalition

On Wednesday 23 January EIT Climate-KIC welcomed the Climate...

Launch of New Partnership with the Climate Leadership Coalition
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC Celebrating Label Graduates from Across Europe

The EIT Climate-KIC Education team had the pleasure of...

EIT Climate-KIC Celebrating Label Graduates from Across Europe
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Open Innovation Call for lower forward temperature in district heating

Climate-KIC is presenting yet another Open Innovation Call within...

Open Innovation Call for lower forward temperature in district heating
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Nordic start-ups rocking SLUSH in Helsinki

Approaching the end of the year it’s time to...

Nordic start-ups rocking SLUSH in Helsinki
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Combating Climate Change with Circular Cities at COP24

COP24 Side event Friday 7 December – Benelux/European Investment...

Combating Climate Change with Circular Cities at COP24
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Rethink with Bio-Economy at COP24

Climate-KIC Nordic set focus on Sustainable Nordic Protein at...

Rethink with Bio-Economy at COP24
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Access cities – a Global Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development

Access Cities is an international, public-private project, which aims...

Access cities – a Global Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
New Podcast: Seaweed as a Climate Solution (COP24 special)

EIT Climate-KIC and The Nordic Council of Minister Co-hosted...

New Podcast: Seaweed as a Climate Solution (COP24 special)
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Scattered protein initiatives Unite for Impact

Bio-Economy experts call for an entity to bridge the...

Scattered protein initiatives Unite for Impact
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC Nordic at the COP24

During the Cop24, Climate-KIC Nordic will host some sessions...

EIT Climate-KIC Nordic at the COP24
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
The SNAPI Workshop is ON!

A new week, a new set of inspiring Nordic...

The SNAPI Workshop is ON!
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
System Mapping of Nordic Alternative Protein Industry

Climate-KIC supported workshop will map out the political, scientific...

System Mapping of Nordic Alternative Protein Industry
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
How to live a sustainable life?

Your Sustainable Life Event at the P4G Summit In...

How to live a sustainable life?
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
10 New Cleantech Start-ups Enter the Nordic EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator

Cycled Technology AS is tackling a global pollution problem...

10 New Cleantech Start-ups Enter the Nordic EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
North American Delegates Visit the Nordics for Sustainable Urban Development I...

Most of the world’s inhabitants live in cities. The...

North American Delegates Visit the Nordics for Sustainable Urban Development Inspiration
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Season5 Win €62,000 in Urban Food from Residual Heat Open Innovation Competi...

Gothenburg-based consortium Season5 were announced as winners of the...

Season5 Win €62,000 in Urban Food from Residual Heat Open Innovation Competition
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Sustainable Nordic City Solutions Inspire the Canadian City of Hamilton

Through an Open Innovation competition, nine Nordic companies were...

Sustainable Nordic City Solutions Inspire the Canadian City of Hamilton
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Ideation Day – Co-creating Innovative Projects in Trondheim

Wednesday 29 August 90 Nordic problem solvers gathered for...

Ideation Day – Co-creating Innovative Projects in Trondheim