Living Labs & Lighthouses

The main goal of the Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ is to establish 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030.
Living labs are places to experiment on the ground. They are partnerships between researchers, farmers, foresters, spatial planners, land managers, and citizens who come together to co-create innovations.
A Living Lab exists in real-life conditions, operating with end-users and other actors to ensure that the solutions respond directly to challenges that land managers face on the ground.

Value Chain

Delisoil Value Chain Graphic
By developing and testing innovative technologies and practices in five Regional Living Labs, the project will provide cost effective solutions to efficiently capture and transform nutrients and organic matter in soil to prevent uncontrolled landfill while improving soil health.

These Living Lab sites will be hands-on partnerships between food industry and management centres, where food processing side stream and residues will be brought to the centre and solutions tested throughout the project duration. Each Living Lab will cover a different facet of the project’s methodologies and will feed directly back into the research, as well as sharing results and outputs.

Lighthouse sites will also be set up to promote inter-European partnering and showcase the circular bioeconomy hubs. Lighthouses are places for demonstration and peer-to-peer learning that share good practices.

DeliSoil Living Lab and Lighthouse projects

Living Lab Locations

Living Lab Details


Vegetable Food Industry, Finland


Mixed Food Processing, Germany


Meat Processing and Insect Cultivation Industries, Denmark


Mixed Food Processing, Spain


Tomato processing, olive oil and wine industry wastes, Italy