Evaluation of manure management and treatment technology for environmental protection and sustainable livestock farming in Europe.

MANEV is an European project of large-scale demonstration framed within the LIFE + Programme of Environment Policy and Governance, whose main objective is to improve environmental protection and sustainability of livestock promoting the use of treatment technologies in different saturated or surplus areas in the production of livestock manure across Europe.

8 partners will assess 13 treatment technologies and manure management systems, located in 8 regions with high pig production belonging to 4 European countries, following a common monitoring and assessment protocol that will be developed a long the project. The results of each assessment could be referred to CO2 equivalent units in order to assess its contribution to fight against climate change.

A software tool will be developed based on the results and all the information and data obtained from the technology assessments developed in the project, which is intended to provide an objective decision support tool to determine the most appropriate treatment according to the local circumstances, without being these mere technological comparison but taking into account aspects like for example environment, society, economics, local regulation,… of every study case. Europe will be endowed with a common decision support tool to the various technologies beneficial for both farming sector (search for the optimal technology) and the administration (environmental control and promotion of the use of technologies).

DURATION: 48 months (January 2011 – December 2014)


  • Total budget: 4.165.832 €
  • European co-financing: 2.076.153 €

Action: IRTA Scenario

Monitoring and evaluation of a farm-scale plant combining anaerobic codigestion, composting of the solid fraction for marketing and fertilization using the liquid fraction (Catalonia, Spain).

IRTA will monitor and evaluate a farm-scale plant applying anaerobic codigestion and composting of the solid fraction.

The plant to be monitored is located at Vilademuls (Girona, Spain). The facility is constituted by one inflow storage, two steps anaerobic digestion, a solid/liquid separator of digestate, a composting plant for the solid fraction and a big storage (10.000 m3) for the liquid fraction. The objective of the liquid fractions is irrigation/fertilization of the nearby crops. The objective of composting process is the production of a high quality compost to be included in the fertilizer market.

The flow rate of the plant is planned for 12,510 tons/year of manure, 5,700 tons/year of co-substrates and 268 tons/year of vegetable fraction as bulking material for composting.

Scheme of the anaerobic digestion and composting plant


  • Overview.

  • AD reactors.

  • Composting.