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Life OliVER Project

Tetis Institute is one of the Partners involved in the OliVER project (Project no. 101114119 - Acronym: LIFE22-CCM-IT-LIFE OLIVER), funded under the European Union's LIFE program.

OLIVER aims to develop and certify an international standard that allows olive oil producers to access the carbon credit market, enabling olive farms to sell their carbon certificates obtained through the adoption of specific agronomic practices.



The olive oil sector is identified as a pilot field of application because the olive grove is the first tree crop in terms of surface area in the EU, covering about 40% of the total area devoted to tree crops in the EU (about 5.14 out of 11.4 million hectares) (Faostat, 2020) while in the EU Mediterranean countries it accounts for 45% of the area under tree crops.

It follows that the improving agronomic practices in olive cultivation can have a significant impact at a global level on reducing emissions and increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) sequestration.

Olive groves are often located in marginal areas, which are at risk of abandonment due to economic unsustainability.

The abandonment of olive groves leads to the loss of important ecosystem services (landscape, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, etc.). Therefore, the project aims not only to increase the environmental sustainability of the crop, but also to improve economic sustainability. This is achieved by allowing olive growers both to sell carbon credits and to create added value to the product as it comes from a low or zero-impact supply chain.



This project has the ambition to have a substantial impact on the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) balance of the Mediterranean olive crop, considering that this crop covers about 4.6 million hectares in the EU and that therefore an improvement in the GHG balance of this crop would have a significant overall impact. To support this purpose, LIFE OLIVER aims to develop a financial incentive based on the sale of carbon credits, resulting from the adoption of a carbon farming approach in olive grove management, on the voluntary carbon credit market.



The project aims to:




Starting with the olive crop, which is the largest tree crop in the EU, the project aims to define a protocol that could be applied to, finally, generate carbon credits for the voluntary market. With appropriate adaptations, such a protocol could also be applied to other Mediterranean tree crops.
The results of this project will encourage many other olive farms to follow the same path, greatly increasing the impacts of the project.