WINEC - Advanced systems for the enhancement of the environmental performance of WINEries in Cyprus
Advanced systems for the enhancement of the environmental performance of WINEries in Cyprus (WINEC)

Program At A Glance

  Funding Agencies Funding agencies: European Commission, LIFE+ programme
  Program Period 2010-2012
  Total Budget 1,371,357€
  UCY Budget 563,742€
  NIREAS Contact Dr. D. Fatta Kassinos
  Project Acronym WINEC
  Dedicated Webpage www.eng.ucy.ac.cy/winec
  Project Code LIFE08 ENV/CY/000455
 

 

Project Beneficiaries

 
  Coordinating Beneficiary GAIA - Laboratory of Environmental Engineering, University of Cyprus
  Associated Beneficiaries Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete
S.K. Euromarket Ltd
RTD Talos Ltd
Department of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment
Tsiakkas Winery

 

Program Overview

WINEC project aims at identifying the major environmental problems specifically associated with the operation of wineries and establishing environmentally friendly and effective solutions in order to effectively deal with those problems. Potential environmental improvements for wineries are evident through the implementation of effective Environmental Management Systems aiming at the effective treatment of their wastewater, minimization of solid waste disposal and maximization of their reuse potential, reduced electricity, fuel and water consumption, reduced emissions and discharges to the environment, reduced packaging waste production, reduced chemicals use and compliance with the relevant environmental legislation in all sectors.

The main objectives of WINEC are the following: 1) Review of the wine industry in Europe and in Cyprus. 2) Set up of an Environmental Management System by following the “EMAS-easy” approach in Tsiakkas winery. 3) Set up of a pilot plant for advanced Winery WasteWater Treatment (WWWT) with the use of solar photocatalysis.  4) Further dissemination of the project’s results through internet, relevant publications, dissemination events and 5) encouragement of wineries for the application of environmental management practices.

Indicative Work Packages:
1.    Wine industry in Cyprus and Europe:
2.    Environmental review - Environmental Action Plan
3.    Building the system for environmental performance optimization
4.    Design for pilot WWWT
5.    Construction and commissioning of WWWT plant
6.    Project results exploitation - Guidelines and specifications for improved environmental performance in the winery industry
7.    Dissemination - Communication, After LIFE+ Communication Plan
8.    Project Management and Monitoring