CRFS Lab description

The main challenges the Arganda CRFS Lab, is going to face within the activities of Cities2030 project are the following:
  •  Enhance the efficiency of a local food processing factory by closely monitoring key environmental parameters throughout the food production process.
  •  Promote transparency in the food supply chain by including essential production data, such as the origin of key ingredients or carbon footprint calculations, in product information.
The primary objective of the CRFS Lab are:
  • Boosting efficiency through the optimization of the factory’s performance by leveraging the data collected during the food processing activities.
  • Fostering transparency in the food production and supply chain by provide consumers with a clearer picture of the products they choose.
Living Lab Team
  • Ramon Alcarria
  • Borja Bordel Sanchez



Arganda del Rey is a city at a crossroads balancing its urban growth with the preservation of its agricultural heritage. Nestled in Spain’s Community of Madrid, boasts a unique blend of urban life and agricultural heritage. However, its economy relies heavily on the tertiary sector, driven by major companies. Despite its agricultural potential, only 4% of food consumed is local, and there are nutritional concerns, especially among children. By fostering a more localized approach to consumption and addressing nutritional concerns, Arganda has the potential to nurture a thriving and sustainable future

Arganda del Rey, a municipality in Spain’s Community of Madrid, has undergone significant evolution in the past two centuries. It initially thrived through wine production and the construction of a railway connecting it to Madrid in 1843. The 20th century brought industrialization, driven by a sugar plantation, leading to rapid population growth. The 1960s saw another surge, driven by immigrants from various regions, pushing its population over 50,000.

Today, agriculture plays a minor role in Arganda’s economy (0.2% of GDP) as urban expansion and industries have reduced farmland from 251.498 hectares in 1985 to 199.687 hectares in 2001. However, its landscape is diverse, featuring forests, vineyards, olive groves, and horticultural crops. Despite its potential, the agricultural sector is clearly in decline. The tertiary sector dominates, contributing 77% to GDP in 2006, with major national and international companies anchoring services.

Only 4% of food consumed in Arganda is locally sourced. Local agriculture meets 5% of fruit and vegetable demand, 20% for dairy, honey, and eggs, and nearly 50% for meat. Nutritional recommendations require substantial increases in fruit, vegetable, and legume consumption, as 40% of children in Arganda are overweight, particularly in lower-income households.

Supermarket shopping is prevalent, but supporting local businesses and short supply chains could boost the regional economy. Investing in these channels provides double the economic boost compared to large supermarkets.

Cities2030 partner organization participating in the Arganda Living Lab is represented by the Universitad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM, P20)