In the next decades, the agricultural sector is facing the challenge to feed a growing world population in a responsible manner, by using the same amount of land and water. Our goal is to make dairy farming even more sustainable, to reduce emissions and to create a circular dairy farm.




We are supporting farmers with solutions for the manure problem. For example, we actively conduct research into the reuse of minerals and nutrients, and the development of new solutions for reducing emissions and closing the nitrogen cycle. In addition, we are looking at ways to keep the composition of manure and emissions during transport and storage more stable and we are a discussion partner for the government to find alternatives for the current legislation. 

How it works
Lely Sphere


Lely Introduces the RFX concept as Lely Sphere

Maassluis, 6 October 2020 - Lely presents a new barn system for separating mineral flows and converting emissions into value; Lely Sphere. The system separates manure and urine, converts nitrogen emissions, and creates 3 valuable types of fertiliser. Dairy farmers can use these separated fertilisers for precision fertilisation. This closes mineral loops better, reduces nitrogen emissions, and creates a healthier climate in the barn.

Lely as inspiration for other entrepreneurs

The Dutch Enterprise Agency (‘De Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland’, RVO) is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. The agency promotes sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international business. In a recently published brochure from the RVO, Lely's solutions for reducing environmental emissions were mentioned as an inspiring example for other entrepreneurs. Click on the button below to read the brochure and find Lely's solution on page 21 (in Dutch) .

EASME visits LIFE project Lely

On June 25 2019, the LIFE project team from the European Commission (EASME) visited Lely. At the Lely Campus we gave them an update on the emission solutions we are working on, followed by a visit to a dairy farm to have a closer look at the solution. During a meeting on the Lely Campus, the European project team gained insight into the results and financial reports for the LIFE project so far and we went through the actions for the remaining duration of the project period.

Monitoring team visit

On 13 December 2018 we had a visit from Neemo, which is the monitoring team of LIFE projects. Two representatives of Neemo visited the Lely Campus to get informed about the project progress. We discussed the status of the project objectives, the progress of the work packages and the structure of the administrative/financial process (to meet the LIFE requirements). In the afternoon we visited one of the demonstration plants (farm) in the Netherlands to see the RFX concept in an operational environment. On 25 June 2019 a next visit with Neemo (including a representative from EASME) has been scheduled.

Presentation to stakeholders

We have been able to inform all international senior managers of Lely about the LIFE project in July 2018. The goal was to introduce the LIFE programme to everyone as well as to explain the innovation we are working on. The meeting took place at one of the demonstration farms, which meant that attendees could actually could get a first glimpse of the innovation in action. A good result of this meeting was that we are able to gain feedback from around the world for this innovation.

Introducing the LIFE project to the Dutch Minister of Agriculture

We have had the opportunity to inform the Dutch Minister of Agriculture about the LIFE programme. She visited the Lely Campus on the 5th of November 2018, where our Board presented the innovations we are working on and how these could support the Minister's vision. Our CEO gave the minister detailed information about the progress being made under the LIFE subsidy grant. A result of this visit is that we are in touch with the Ministry to be a partner in shaping future legislation.

About our LIFE project

This LIFE Closing the Mineral Cycle in Dairy farming in the EU project is registered as: LIFE16 ENV/NL/000363. The duration of the project is from July 2017 to June 2020.