What is industrial symbiosis?​

We have designed an unique industrial symbiosis model which not only allows us to generate ingredients with the lower carbon footprint on the market but to also avoid carbon emission across the value chain. It consists of the colocalization of our plant with existing industrial players to generate cost and environmental synergies. Breeding insects requires two main inputs: low value biomass to feed the larvae and energy to power the plant.

BY-PRODUCTS AS A SOURCE OF NUTRIENTS
By directly connecting our site to a neighboring agricultural processing plant, we have a direct supply of by-products to feed our insects. This process avoids transport by road (about 12,000 journeys per year), and also the energy intensive step normally required to dry these by-products.

ENERGY RECOVERY
At all our sites, we aim to recover fatal energy from neighboring facilities to power our plants. There are many ways to achieve that goal. For example, a neighboring facility needing to cool their water supply could route their hot water through our facility, receiving back cool water from Innovafeed. Currently, we capture heat from our neighbors in Nesle through an Innovafeed-installed hydro-condenser on a turbine.

Sustainability as a competitive argument

Preserving our planet is a necessity and an issue that we must not ignore. At Innovafeed we consider that sustainability, far from being a cost, is an argument for economic competitiveness. We believe that it is our responsibility to invent the production methods of tomorrow combining performance and sustainability so that each of us can have access to sustainable and quality products.

We scientifically assess the environmental impact of the models and products we develop in order to be able to communicate rigorously and transparently on our environmental performance as well as to continue to improve it.

Our environmental impact is thus assessed and analyzed by independent experts through the realization of Life Cycle Analyzes (LCA, the best tool in terms of global and multi-criteria assessment of environmental impacts).

Thanks to these LCAs, we have thus developed and deployed a production model that is unique in the world for products with demonstrated and quantified environmental performance.

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Synergies with our partners

Innovafeed colocates its production site (Nesle, France) with two existing industrial players:

  • The starch manufacturer Tereos, from which we directly get supplied in wet agricultural by-products through a pipeline connecting the two sites
    • this avoids transporting them but also drying them, an essential step for truck transportation
  • The green energy plant of Kogeban, from which we recover the waste energy (energy which was until then dissipated in the atmosphere) to power our factory
    • this waste energy represents 60% of Innovafeed’s energy needs
    • the remaining 40% being made up of renewable energy

Thanks to this colocation, Innovafeed:

  • Reduces its environmental impact by 80%
  • Reduces the environmental impact of its neighbors by offering them short-loop valorization routes
  • Strengthens the local industrial ecosystem and therefore employment in the territories

Finally, this production model is replicable:

  • Starting 2021, Innovafeed will replicate its model in the United States, in Illinois, one of the largest agricultural basins in the world, to upcycle by-products currently not valorized.
  • About fifteen other sites in Europe, Asia and the United States are also under study.

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