First day of the EU Environment and Energy ministerial meeting under Spanish presidency
The meeting will last until Wednesday, with sessions focused on an in-depth debate on the soil-water-biodiversity system.
The European project LIFE Next Fumigreen will test the efficacy of a new type of fumigant plant protection product, based on active ingredients of natural origin.
12/07/2023, Brussels. Monday July 10 at 10:00 (CEST) the first day of the informal ministerial meeting on environment and energy was held in Valladolid. During the meeting, the need to focus on pesticides that do not pollute the soil was emphasized, an objective developed by the European project LIFE Next Fumigreen.
The working sessions of these days will focus on the priorities of the Spanish Presidency within the framework of the objectives of the European green agenda, including the preservation of spaces as a support for the production capacity of the primary sector over the coming decades. In addition, the issues to be discussed during this meeting will be addressed with a view to the next United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in December in Dubai.
The environment managers developed the agenda of this first day in three blocks. First, the integrated management of soils, water, forests and biodiversity was discussed. The second part of the day focused on existing alternatives to reduce pollution of the seas. Finally, the third block explored the need to balance the implementation of renewable energies with land management and the protection and conservation of biodiversity.
In the subsequent meeting, Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, has appeared. Sinkevičius has defended the cross-cutting approach of the measures proposed, since «problems such as biodiversity loss or food security cannot be dealt with separately, being issues that reinforce each other». Right now, according to the commissioner, one of the biggest open fronts is the use of pesticides that contaminate soils, so it is key to help farmers, helping them to apply techniques and tools that help to reduce their use.
LIFE Next Fumigreen
Related to the Commissioner’s statements, the Life NEXTFUMIGREEN project will test the efficacy of a new type of fumigant plant protection product, based on active ingredients of natural origin, in the protection of the most representative greenhouse crops. The main objective of the LIFE NextFUMIGREEN project is to develop natural fumigants, based on active ingredients extracted from plant extracts, for the control of whitefly populations (Bemisia tabaci and Trialeurodes vaporariorum) and fungal outbreaks of botrytis (Botrytis cinerea) in horticultural crops grown intensively under glass.
Led by the Spanish company FumiHogar, the project has five other partners: the Foundation for Agricultural Auxiliary Technologies (TECNOVA); the Finnova Foundation; B&B Asesores Auditores Ambientales; Comercial Quimica Masso; and BrioAgro Tech. With a total budget of 2,758,921.01 €, 60% subsidized by the LIFE program, the project will have a duration of 4 years and 6 months, until May 31, 2027.
The conference will continue tomorrow and will focus on the challenges to be presented at the next COP 28 and the improvements that can be made in communicating the opportunities of the energy and climate agenda.
Fumi-Hogar was founded in Malaga in 1967 by its founder Mr. Antonio Cintora Gil to serve the sector of disinfection, pest and rodent control as an insecticide formulating company. Since then, Fumi-Hogar has maintained the technology of manufacturing self-contained and pre-dosed fumigant canisters as its own hallmark and that very few companies worldwide are able to formulate with the appropriate quality guarantee. At present, Fumi-Hogar produces INSECTICIDES, BACTERICIDES, FUNGICIDES, VIRICIDES, BIOSTIMULANTS and ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS based on all types of active molecules, both chemical and natural, to be used in closed spaces in countless cases of biocidal control or active ingredients in premises or greenhouses. The application sectors of its products are: Public Health: insecticides and disinfectants; Food Hygiene: insecticides and disinfectants; Animal Health: insecticides, disinfectants, environmental and respiratory improvers; Agriculture (greenhouses): insecticides, disinfectants, biostimulants and environmental improvers.
About the Foundation for Agricultural Auxiliary Technologies (TECNOVA):
The Technological Center Tecnova is responsible for promoting applied innovation and technological development based on the knowledge acquired at national and international level, providing value and competitiveness to companies in the auxiliary industry sector of agriculture and with the collaboration of all the agents involved in the process. It is present in 25 countries with the aim of innovation and technological development, the transfer of technology and knowledge to be more competitive through innovation.
About Finnova Foundation
Finnova is a foundation that works for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at EU level. Based in Brussels, it operates through collaborations and partnerships in all countries of the European Union. Finnova’s experience in leading European project communication and dissemination activities is combined with a strong proven expertise in start-ups and business support programs, such as accelerators, incubators and ceremonial event selection and awarding.
FumiHogar was founded in Malaga in 1967 by its founder Mr. Antonio Cintora Gil to provide a service to the incipient sector of DDD (Disinfection, Pest Control and Rodent Control) professionals, as an insecticide formulating company. Since then, FumiHogar has maintained the technology of manufacturing self-contained, pre-dosed fumigant canisters as its own hallmark, which very few companies in the world are capable of formulating with the appropriate quality guarantee. Nowadays, FumiHoagr produces fumigant canisters of insecticides, bactericides, fungicides, virucides, biostimulants and environmental improvers based on all kinds of molecules for biocidal control cases or active ingredients in premises or greenhouses.
The Tecnova Technology Centre is responsible for promoting applied innovation and technological development based on the knowledge acquired nationally and internationally, providing value and competitiveness to companies in the agricultural auxiliary industry sector and with the collaboration of all the agents involved in the process. It is present in 25 countries and its aim is innovation and technological development, the transfer of technology and knowledge to be more competitive through innovation.
About BB Asesores Auditores Ambientales
BB Asesores has a team of multidisciplinary professionals (pharmacists, chemists, biologists and engineers) with practical experience in different industrial sectors. With more than 20 years in the market, they have specialised in processing and obtaining registrations and approvals in fields as diverse as medicines and medical devices, cosmetic products, biocidal products and chemical substances in general.
About Comercial Química Massó
Comercial Química Massó’s main activity is the distribution of speciality chemicals from recognised leading companies in different sectors, as well as products developed in-house and marketed under the company’s registered trademarks.
About BrioAgro Tech
BrioAgro was born in the countryside of Seville, thanks to the initiative of Mairena del Alcor (Seville): “Impúlsame”, which was set up as a company in February 2015. Following the plague of the red palm weevil, an insect that was destroying palm trees all over Spain a few years ago, they devised an initial prototype based on sensors that identified the presence of the insect by means of sound signals. Once the pest had been combated, they transferred and adapted this initial technology to what is now BrioAgro Technologies, a company that uses technology in the service of agriculture, sending the necessary information to help farmers make decisions. In this way, it contributes to increasing productivity and improving the environmental control of crops.
About Casa Mediterráneo
Casa Mediterráneo is a public consortium founded in 2009 and made up of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (MAUEC), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Generalitat Valenciana, Alicante City Council, Benidorm City Council and Alicante Provincial Council. It is configured as an instrument of public diplomacy whose main objective is to promote mutual knowledge and rapprochement between Spain and the rest of the Mediterranean countries in areas such as culture, economy, climate change, gender equality and scientific and technological innovation.