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Best LIFE-Environment Projects 2010

Best of the best

The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee, together with the LIFE Unit, have identified the 13 Best LIFE-Environment projects completed during 2010.


Best LIFE Environment Projects

This seventh 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 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. The following projects (in chronological order) have been selected by the Member States as "Best of the Best" LIFE Environment projects 2010:

  The 4 "Best of the Best" LIFE Environment Projects 2010
Award Seq-Cure
Integrated systems to enhance sequestration of carbon, producing energy crops by using organic residues
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Beneficiary: Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali - CRPA S.p.A.
Converting Laminates into Energy and Aluminium for the benefit of Nature
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Beneficiary: SEBSA
Award UME
Ultrasound micro-cut ecosustainable
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Iride S.r.l.
Innovative method for reduction of emissions of green house gases and waste from the agriculture sector
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Skånefrö Förvaltnings AB

The following projects (in chronological order) are "Best" LIFE Environment projects 2010:

The 9 "Best" LIFE Environment Projects 2010
A new automated method for the analysis of Escherichia coli in wastewater effluent
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Beneficiary: Istituto Superiore di Ricerca e Formazione sui Materiali speciali per le Technologie Avanzate - ISRIM SCarl
Bringing the OpenMI-Life
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Beneficiary: CEH - Research institution
Demonstration of a 100% non-toxic hull protection and anti-fouling system contribution to zero emissions to the aquatic environment and saving 3-8 % heavy fuels
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Beneficiary: Hydrex N.V.(BE)
Demonstration of a process to recycle glas fibre waste, placed on rubbish dump, producing Polypropilene composites
web summary
Beneficiary: Befesa Plásticos, S.L.
Sound and Particle Absorbing System
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Magistrat der Stadt Klagenfurt
Biomass, remediation, re-generation: Re-using brownfields sites for renewable energy crops.
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Beneficiary: The University of Teesside's Clean Environment Management Centre (CLEMANCE)
Vegetable oil initiative for a cleaner environment 
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Beneficiary: University of Florence Centro Ricerca Energie Alternative e Rinnovabili
Reducing pesticide-related water pollution by improving crop protection practices: The use of embedded ICT technologies.
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: CEMAGREF
Integration and Development of Environmental Management Systems
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Comune di Ravenna

How were the projects selected?

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.

All completed projects were initially technically assessed by the LIFE Unit’s external monitoring team (the Astrale consortium). The monitors ranked all the projects that ended during the reference period (summer 2009 to spring 2010), to produce a first list. The final selection was undertaken by the Member States.

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