Zero Waste Scotland is hosting a one-day stakeholder workshop to bring together key organisations from across the would-be insect supply chain to share information and network.

In 2016, the EU Commission released a white paper which found insect farming could provide a sustainable alternative source of protein for animal feed, while helping reduce the EU’s reliance on protein imports. In 2017, the EU passed legislation allowing use of select insect meal in aquaculture feed. An extension of this allowance to poultry is expected in the next 12-18 months.

Insect farming, particularly of Black Soldier Fly (BSF), offers an intriguing and elegant circular economy opportunity to turn organic residues, including pre-consumer food waste, into feedstock for food systems. Around the world, companies are constructing and operating commercial-scale insect farming plants.

Zero Waste Scotland has recently launched a report that highlights the economic potential for BSF farming in Scotland and presents findings from a Scotland-specific Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) study, which found BSF farming in Scotland using pre-consumer food waste feedstock could provide a low-carbon, high-value alternative to conventional food waste treatment and protein production processes.

Scotland is well-placed to become a global leader in this emerging industry owing to the Scottish Government’s circular economy objectives and food waste reduction target, and large aquaculture, agriculture and food and drink sectors.

This one-day workshop will bring together key stakeholders from across the would-be supply chain to discuss information presented by Scottish and international experts and provide a preliminary networking opportunity.

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Coffee and Registration, 08:30

Welcome, 09:00 – 09:10
• Michael Lenaghan, Environmental Policy Advisor, Zero Waste Scotland

The Global Driver: the ‘Protein Gap’, 09:10 – 09:45
• Dr Richard Newton, University of Stirling – Institute of Aquaculture
• Dr William Clark, Zero Waste Scotland

Find out how growing global protein demands for both human and animal consumption is creating environmental pressures on land, habitat and climate, and raising serious concerns about the sustainability of future protein supply. Learn also what governments around the worlds are doing to address the so called 'Protein Gap'.

Insect Farming – a Circular Economy Solution, 09:45 – 10:30
• Speakers TBC

Learn how insect farming fits within a more circular economy and closes the loop on organic supply chains, and why governments and businesses around the world see it as a potential source of sustainable protein as well as other valuable byproducts.

Q and A

Coffee, 10:30 – 10:50

Part 2 – Introduction to Insect Farming

Legislation and Regulation, 10:50 – 12:00
• Christophe Derrien, Secretary General, IPIFF (International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed)
• TBC, Scottish Government Animal Health
• Fiona Donaldson, Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
• Dr Jacqui McElhiney, Food Standards Scotland

Discover how legislation to enable and support insect farming has developed around the globe, and particularly within the EU, and where it is headed. We’ll also learn about the legal and regulatory situation in the UK and Scotland.

Q and A

Lunch and Networking,12:00 – 13:00

The Global Insect Market, 13:00 – 13:30
• Speakers TBC

Learn more about the growing global insect farming sector, where it is headed and what the risks and opportunities are.

Part 3 - The Scottish Advantage

Significant Protein Demand - Scottish Fish Farming Sector, 13:30 – 14:10
• TBC, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

Scotland’s formidable fish farming sector, which includes the third largest salmon farming industry in the world, is a major protein importer. Find out more about the sector and where it is headed.

Coffee and networking, 14:00 – 14:30

Consistent Feedstock Supply – Scotland’s Agriculture and Food and Drink Sectors, 14:30 – 16:00
• TBC – Food and drink Sector
• TBC – Agriculture
• TBC, IBioIC (Bioresource mapping)
• Allan Crooks, Programme Manager – Energy & Low Carbon Heat at Zero Waste Scotland

Scotland’s large agricultural and food and drink sectors generate a significant and steady supply of organic feedstock. Meanwhile, existing industry generates abundant waste heat which may be utilised through co-location of new facilities

Q and A

Business Support and Finance, 16:00 – 16.20
• Amanda Ingram, Bioeconomy Project Manager at Zero Waste Scotland
• Allison MacPherson, Sustainability Specialist at Scottish Enterprise
• Caroline MacLellan, Senior Innovation Manager at Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Find out about the wide range of business and environmental funding and support available in Scotland.

Practitioner Presentation 16:20 – 16:50
• Speaker TBC

Hear from an insect farming company about their journey and business, and the future they see for the sector.

Closing remarks, 16:50 – 17:00
• Michael Lenaghan, Zero Waste Scotland

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