Classified as having a ‘vulnerable’ conservation status, the aquatic warbler is Europe’s rarest migratory songbird. LIFE in Lithuania is working to improve the warbler’s status by rebuilding habitat and achieving an innovative translocation method from another viable population.
Roadkill is a tragic, seemingly inevitable part of driving. Roads are almost impassable barriers for many animals, and especially problematic during active mating seasons. The LIFE LINES project in the Alentejo region of Portugal is reshaping roadsides to protect wildlife at risk.
Experts are being sought to evaluate the Horizon 2020 call topic EE-18 on Bioclimatic approaches for improving energy performance in buildings in Africa and Europe.
The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot and Equinor partnered for a business acceleration event in Oslo, Norway. 23 companies had the chance to pitch their technology and engage in in-depth discussions with corporate representatives and investors.
The Executive Agency for SMEs received 108 proposals for the EMFF Blue Economy call before the deadline 31 January 2019.
LIFE’s large-scale integrated projects use many funding sources to tackle some of the planet’s pressing environment and climate problems. But they also fund off-shoot projects which propose complementary activities. LIFE IP-ZENAPA’s consistent focus is on biodiversity, bio-economy and climate action.
The EU Industry Days open in Brussels today. For two days, around 1,500 policy makers, industry and society will discuss industrial competitiveness in Europe. The showcase exhibition features 33 EU-funded projects, including several funded by the COSME programme.
The project received almost €4 million of Horizon 2020 funding to develop an innovative technology for irrigation that greatly cuts operating cost and water consumption. This new solution has been transferred to 27 European SMEs, which are currently commercialising and installing the systems for farmers!
On the 22nd of January, the Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Info Day took place in Brussels.
A network of environmental lawyers is empowering EU citizens to use their rights under international law, by building tools to help challenge lawbreaking through the courts.
Conventional methods of mapping the sea floor are slow and expensive. EU-funded researchers used satellite-derived techniques combined with crowd-sourced depth soundings to map large areas quickly and at lower cost.
A project funded by the BBI JU under Horizon 2020 is developing innovative technologies that will enable mushroom farms to turn compost into novel bio-based products such as natural pesticides, cutting fossil fuel use and positioning the sector at the heart of Europe’s circular economy.
Finnish firm AW-Energy is tapping into wave power as a clean energy source. A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank has helped it bring its WaveRoller device to the commercialisation phase.
The European Commission is bringing back its succesful Blue Event. On 24 January innovators in the field of Blue Economy will meet financial community at the match-making event in Malta.
ColFeroX, a start-up supported by the Horizon 2020 project REGROUND, benefited from a collaboration between the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and EIT Raw Materials aimed to support impactful and innovative entrepreneurs.
When forests disappear it is easy to notice. Much less visible, and happening 4 times faster, is the loss of marine meadows which keep significant reserves of carbon out of the atmosphere. Saltmarshes, which were traditionally disregarded, are now recognised as provide important ecosystem services. LIFE Blue Natura is focusing on measuring and protecting these vital carbon sinks.
The share of renewable energies like wind and solar power is steadily growing in our grids. But their uptake by the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sector has been long held back by their volatility – depending on the time of the day and the weather, the energy supply from the sun or the wind sometimes varies greatly. To flatten down these fluctuations, companies need to store the energy. Tesvolt offers them a highly efficient solution, that allows to cut costs and reduce volatility.
On 14th December, the Spanish embassy in Brussels hosted the final conference of the iMETland project (A new generation of Microbial Electrochemical Wetland for effective decentralized wastewater treatment).
Under high media coverage in Algiers, Ministers of the Western Mediterranean countries, at the presence of the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean, have adopted a declaration to strengthen maritime regional cooperation under the WestMED initiative on 4 December 2018.
“As we head into a new year, we asked key policymakers involved in LIFE programme support and development what are their wishes for the programme. Here is what they answered.”
From Rovaniemi, the gateway to Lapland, to the south-western tip of Turku, Finnish towns and cities are pushing forward with a national waste management plan. The 7-year LIFE Integrated Project, CIRCWASTE is helping put this plan into action.
Norway has achieved its first ever deep renovation using prefabricated components built offsite, thanks to support from H2020 4RinEU project.
Horizon 2020 project EPC+ has pioneered the use of energy performance contracts (EPC) in the SME sector, which allows investments to be financed by a private energy service company and repaid through the energy savings.
This year, several Horizon 2020 and LIFE funded projects will participate at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The conference will be held from 2 to 14 December in Katowice, Poland. The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) is an organiser of a side-event on raising ambition in the low-carbon transition on 6 December, chaired by EASME’s Director, Julien Guerrier. Julien Guerrier will also take part in the Energy Day on 11th December and talk about Horizon 2020 funded projects that are contributing to the decentralisation of the energy system.