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Press Release: Getting compressed natural gas car engines closer to market

To achieve lower toxic emissions and CO2, the car industry is turning to alternative sources to replace traditional diesel and gasoline engines. Compressed natural gas, directly injected into engines by innovative technology, could be one answer.

Press Release: Developing strategies to decarbonise buildings

Policymakers have new tools at their disposal to prepare long-term strategies for the decarbonisation of buildings through energy efficiency renovation. Horizon 2020 projects BUILD UPON and EmBuild supported the design and implementation of renovation strategies across 15 countries in central and south Eastern Europe. Over a third of Europe’s CO2 emissions come from buildings, therefore renovation of inefficient building stocks is a priority if we are to decarbonise by 2050 in line with climate and energy goals.

Press Release: LIFE funds species protection on islands across the globe

European island habitats range from inland archipelagos to the outmost regions of the EU. They can be biodiversity hotspots and critical sites for nesting migratory birds. LIFE funding gives conservation organisations game-changing resources for species protection, land management and staff training.

Event: LIFE+ Solar Highways at the Sunday Conference (Bussum, The Netherlands, 13 November 2019)

The project LIFE+ Solar Highways invites you to a conference session to present its motorway photovoltaic sound barrier. The demonstration barrier was opened by the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure in February 2019 and is running for an 18-month period, delivering green energy to the national grid.

Event: LIFE CERSUDS – Adapting our cities to climate change: recent experiences on a European scale (Madrid, 18 September 2019)

The results of a sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS), tested in Benicàssim, Spain, will be on show at this event from the LIFE CERSUDS team. The project has demonstrated how its innovative system can be a tool for cities to improve their climate change capacity and promote green infrastructure.

Event: Third International Workshop of the LIFE-COMBASE project (Madrid, 24 September 2019)

The event will present the main outcomes from the project LIFE-COMBASE and how it contributes to generating a more sustainable approach for all stakeholders working around the value chain of biocides such as pesticides and insecticides.

Event: LIFE and side channels on the lower Rhine (Rees, Germany, 26 & 27 September, 2019)

The lower Rhine in Germany is one of the busiest inland waterways in Europe. Creating new space alongside it for river-bound nature of European importance (under Natura2000) was the challenge and goal of the two LIFE projects “River and floodplain revitalisation Emmericher Ward” and “Side Channel Bislich-Vahnum”.

Over a decade of planning and implementation in nature protection, flood control and waterway management will be detailed, as well as pending work to improve the conservation status of large European rivers and alluvial corridors in the Natura 2000 network.

Press Release: Creating net-zero energy buildings: meet EUSEW19 Awards winner Transition Zero – EnergieSprong

The H2020 project TransitionZero – Energie Sprong won the EUSEW Award under the innovation category during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2019, on 18 June. We met Ron Van Erck, Head of EnergieSprong UK team, and Sébastien Delpont, Director of EnergieSprong France, and asked them a few questions about their project and Horizon2020 funding.

Event: International LIFE FRANCA conference on flood risk anticipation and communication in the Alps (Trento, Italy, 21 & 22 October 2019)

Organised as part of the LIFE FRANCA project, held at the University of Trento, Italy.

Includes lectures on interactions between natural hazards and social phenomena, and adopting long term perspectives.

Press Release: INNOSUP-1: providing innovation support for SMEs to develop cross-sectoral value chains

‘INNOSUP-1’ is the Horizon 2020 funding programme of cluster-facilitated projects for new industrial value chains. The programme supports SMEs to develop new value chains that cross business sectors. It boosts innovation by combining expertise from different domains.

Press Release: De-risking energy efficiency investments

Thanks to Horizon 2020 projects such as SEAF or LAUNCH, investing in energy efficiency becomes more secure. Horizon 2020 projects help in developing IT-based tools to evaluate and benchmark smaller sized energy projects and, thereby, contribute to bridge the gap between developers and investors.

Press Release: Info day – presentations ready to download!

The 2020 energy efficiency call of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme was presented on Thursday 27 June – the third day of the Energy Info Day organised in Brussels by the European Commission’s Executive Agencies, EASME and INEA. The presentations are now published. Before leaving on holidays, make sure you download them all!

Press Release: Setting green standards for festivals and cultural events

Summer festival organisers are hard at work during the festival season, and public authorities often purchase the suppliers and services used. LIFE GreenFEST is helping administrations to adopt greener buying measures through more sustainable tenders.

Press Release: Kick-off meeting of four new Horizon 2020 projects – joint forces to foster the digital transformation of the water sector

Digitalisation delivers innovative capabilities to solve several challenges related to resource efficiency, climate change and sustainable development. Particularly in the water sector, ICT can support more efficient means of managing and protecting water resources.

Press Release: Two new projects on Maritime Spatial Planning launched

Fisheries, aquaculture, oil&gas, ocean energy, coastal tourism or shipping are all important sectors that have a positive impact on our EU coastal economies. However, they might also have negative impact on the oceans. Combined effect of these activities are even worse – they increase the degradation of the marine ecosystems and therefore aggravate the consequences of climate change and put our oceans at risk.

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