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Best LIFE-Environment Projects 2011

Best of the best

The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee, together with the LIFE Unit, have identified the 5 Best LIFE-Environment projects completed during 2011.


5 Best LIFE Environment Projects

This ninth 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 2011:

  The 2 "Best of the Best" LIFE Environment Projects 2011
Environmentally Friendly Facade Elements made of thermal insulated Textile Reinforced Concrete (INSU-SHELL)
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Rheinisch - Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Award Moveable HEPP
Demonstration Plant in the Kinzig River: Moveable Hydroelectric Power Plant for Ecological River Improvements and Fish Migration Reestablishment
web summary | layman's report
Beneficiary: Elektrizitatswerk Mittelbaden Wasserkraft GmbH & Co. KG

The following projects (in chronological order) are "Best" LIFE Environment projects 2011:

The 3 "Best" LIFE Environment Projects 2011
Environmentally-friendly management of swine waste based on innovative technology: a demonstration project set in Aragón (Spain)
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: SODEMASA - Sociedad de Desarrollo Rural de Aragón S. A. U.
Environmental performance indicators and their relation with economic factors in textile BAT implementation
web summary | website
Beneficiary: Centro Technologico das Industrias Têxtil e do Vestuàrio de Portugal
Lake recultivation in Gniezno
Recultivation of Jelonek and Winiary lakes in Gniezno by inactivation of phosphorus in bottom sediments
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Town of Gniezno

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 2011), to produce a first list. The final selection was undertaken by the Member States.

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