INTEGRATE fosters cooperation for industrial transition towards Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) in the Atlantic Area

GreenCoLab will help improving the sustainability of aquaculture systems in the Portuguese and European scenario


November 24, 2022 – GreenCoLab (GCL) joined to the extension of INTEGRATE project to help improving the sustainability of aquaculture systems in the Portuguese and European scenario.

GreenCoLab is a non-profit private organization and a collaborative platform between research and industry, whose research & innovation agenda is based on the exploration of algae biotechnology. The GreenCoLab’s multidisciplinary team and partners (Centre of Marine Sciences – CCMAR, National Laboratory of Energy and Geology – LNEG, University of Aveiro, Allmicroalgae, Necton, Algaplus, and Sparos) covers expertise across the whole algae value chain; from the lab to large scale production, strain optimization, scale-up, harvesting, biorefining to commercialization.

As the demand for seafood has grown over the last decades, technology has enabled more efficient food production in both coastal marine water and the open ocean. The solution to feeding the world’s increasing population to farm seafood responsibly and sustainably, which will be ensured by the development of innovative technologies and processes in aquaculture, such as Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) proposed by the INTEGRATE that contains a specific work package (WP5) to address the sustainability of these systems which Greencolab will lead.

“We are very pleased to be in such an inclusive and ambitious project, where we will have the opportunity to significantly improve IMTA management and support the sustainable growth of the aquaculture and algae industry” declared Dr. Lais Speranza, leader of the GreenCoLab Sustainability team and main contact of GCL in the INTEGRATE project.

GreenCoLab will be responsible for the environmental analysis of INTEGRATE by performing the following actions:

  1. Conduction of a life cycle assessment (LCA) of the land based IMTA system of our associate partner ALGAPLUS and then to compare the IMTA systems to traditional aquaculture systems using different scientific approaches;
  2. Modeling of the system’s fate for both nitrogen and carbon;
  3. Developing a strategic plan for obtaining an ECOLABEL certification to boost the market value of IMTA products.

“It’s a very demanding project, with impressive future outcomes, that will impact not only our company and partners but also the community and stakeholders. With our LCA specialist team and our partner Algaplus, we will contribute actively to the WP5 activities by modeling the production systems and applying the LCA methodology to quantify the IMTA’s environmental contribution with a proposal for future certifications.” she concluded.