Which are the main challenges faced by the project?

Global agriculture mainly relies on fossil resources for covering most of its energy needs and supporting agricultural productivity in both open-field crop production and controlled environment agricultural constructions. The high fossil fuel use and the deterioration of natural carbon sinks have been related with the anthropogenic impact causing climate change.

Novel Fossil-Energy-Free Technologies and Strategies (FEFTS) related to more sustainable energy production and use, have been developed by industry and research entities. However, in the agricultural sector there is still an important gap between such developments and the actual adoption and use of the available tools and practices by the EU farmers, especially for this large number of small and medium producers with limited access to information.


Main project goal

The main goal of AgroFossilFree is to create a framework under which critical stakeholders will cooperate to evaluate and promote the currently available FEFTS Fossil-Energy-Free Technologies and Strategies  in EU agriculture.

What FEFTS are?

FEFTS Fossil-Energy-Free Technologies and Strategies   refer to the tools that are required to address cleaner and more efficient energy production and use in agriculture.

FEFTS Fossil-Energy-Free Technologies and Strategies  are categorised based on the agricultural technology application. The two main categories are about Clean Energy Production and Energy Efficiency Improvement, while an auxiliary category refers to Carbon Sequestration.

Some FEFTS examples


Photovoltaics, Solar thermal, Wind-turbines, Heat pumps, Biogas/biomethane production, Solid biomass conversion


Building Management Systems (BMS), Efficient maintenance of vehicles, Precision agriculture techniques, Precision livestock farming, Conservation agriculture


Crop rotation, Soil coverage, No/minimum tillage, Nutrient management, Crop diversification

Contribution to High Level EU Strategies

The AgroFossilFree project will contribute to the High Level EU Strategies (i.e. EU Green Deal and Farm to Fork strategy) as it aims to decrease the use of fossil energy in any farming process from cradle-to-farm-gate, while maintaining yield and quality of the end-product.