The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee, together with the LIFE Unit, have identified the 24 Best LIFE-Environment projects completed during 2004 and early 2005.
This first Best LIFE-Environment Projects’ exercise, follows on from a lengthy identification and evaluation process based on a set of best practice criteria, developed by EU Member States in collaboration with the European Commission. The projects, from across the EU-25, cover all of LIFE-Environment’s main themes:
An online brochure has been published on the best 24 LIFE-Environment projects. You can either view the entire brochure, or visit the projects’ web summaries, websites and layman’s reports (see menu on right).
Download: Best LIFE-Environment projects 2004-2005
|Project acronym||Implemented by|
|IMOS||Comune di Genova|
|STIRLING Motor||Mayer & Cie.|
|SMILE||Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie|
|BBMpassiv||BBM - Beschaffungsbetrieb der MIVA|
|ENERWASTE||Matadero Frigorífico del Nalón|
The objective of the exercise is to help improve the dissemination of LIFE project results by clearly identifying those projects whose results, if widely applied, could have the most positive impact on the environment.
Scoring of completed LIFE-Environment projects began in the summer of 2004. The system was introduced by the Commission, following an initiative taken by Sweden and the Netherlands. A set of ‘best practice’ criteria was developed in collaboration with the Member States. These criteria included: projects’ contribution to immediate and long-term environmental, economic and social improvements; their degree of innovation and transferability; their relevance to policy and their cost-effectiveness. In view of the importance of these aspects to project success, project beneficiaries are also required to provide an After-LIFE Communication Plan and an Analysis of the long-term benefits of the project with their final report. This information forms an integral part of the evaluation process.
Of the 72 projects that finished by March 2005, the 24 best scoring projects were subject to a second round of evaluation by the Member States. The Member States represented on the LIFE Committee met in Malmö, Sweden on 27-29 April 2005 to discuss the evaluation methodology and tested criteria developed to help identify the five “best of the best” projects. The final selection of the 24 best LIFE-Environment projects, including the five “best of the best” was undertaken by the Member States under the coordination of the United Kingdom. The final result was agreed at the LIFE Committee meeting of 28 July 2005.