Turning wine waste into profit: possibilities of the Moldovan wine industry
Winemaking is a major branch of the Moldovan economy, with vineyards occupying 7% of its arable land. About 1/3 of the population is employed in agriculture. Wine sales are heavily dependent on exports and the country has not yet fully developed processing methods, causing producers to struggle with meeting quality standards and gaining access to markets. Moreover, Moldovan producers do not have enough resources for the process of wine-production waste, with its utilisation being limited by low efficiency of collection and processing.
The objective of the project is to implement new management tools for waste valorisation of winery waste by two main technological approaches, briquetting and anaerobic digestion, raise awareness about the issue and ensure its scale-up and replicability in other regions.
The project is led by the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, an educational institution with a strong focus on agriculture and environmental science.