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Best LIFE-Environment Projects 2012

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 2012.

 

17 Best LIFE Environment Projects

This 10th 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 2012:

  The 4 "Best of the Best" LIFE Environment Projects 2012
Award IWPM
IWPM - Integrated Wastewater Purification Management
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: WVW (Wasserverband Wittlage)
Award TRUST
TRUST - Tool for regional - scale assessment of groundwater storage improvement in adaptation to climate change
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Autorità di bacino dei fiumi Isonzo, Tagliamento, Livenza, Piave, Brenta-Bacchiglione
Award EcoPest
EcoPest - 'Strategic plan for the adaptation and application of the principles for the sustainable use of pesticides in a vulnerable ecosystem'
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: BENAKI PHYTOPATHOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Award OXATAN
OXATAN- Environmentally friendly oxazolidine-tanned leather
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: INESCOP

The following projects (in chronological order) are "Best" LIFE Environment projects 2012:

The 13 "Best" LIFE Environment Projects 2012
SLUDGE2ENERGY
SLUDGE2ENERGY - Waste prevention through sewage sludge reuse for efficient energy generation at waste water treatment sites
web summary | website | layman's report Beneficiary:
Beneficiary: Huber SE
ArtWET
ArtWET - Mitigation of agricultural nonpoint-source pesticide pollution and phytoremediation in artificial wetland ecosystems
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: ENGEES (Ecole Nationale de Genie de l'Eau et de l'Environnement de Strasbourg)
ECOSMA
ECOSMA - Ecological Certification of Products from Sustainable Marine Aquaculture
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: CRM (Coastal Research & Management)
From Roof to Road
From Roof to Road - From Roof to Road - Innovative recycling of bitumen felt roofing material
web summary | website
Beneficiary: Karsten Rasmussen Holding Thisted A/S
INTEGRAL-B
INTEGRAL-B - Demonstration of a multi-feedstock sustainable biodiesel production scheme integrating an on-site by-products energy valorisation system
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: AINIA (Instituto Tecnológico Agroalimentario)
WATER CHANGE
WATER CHANGE - Medium and long term water resources modelling as a tool for planning and global change adaptation. Application to the Llobregat Basin.
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: CETAQUA, Centro Tecnológico del Agua
BIOCELL
BIOCELL - Energy self-sustaining and environmental footprint reduction on wastewater treatment plants via fuel cells
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: CETAQUA, Centro Tecnológico del Agua
WEEE-NET
WEEE-NET - Project to demonstrate an innovative ICT platform as support tool to implement Community Policy for the sustainable management of e-waste
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Inkoa Sistemas SL
VACCIA
VACCIA - Vulnerability assessment of ecosystem services for climate change impacts and adaptation
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
HEC PAYT
HEC PAYT - The Development of Pay as You Throw Systems in Hellas, Estonia and Cyprus
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: MUNICIPALITY OF ELEFSINA
CARBOMARK
CARBOMARK - Improvement of policies toward local voluntary carbon markets for climate change mitigation
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Veneto Region Department for Forests and Mountain Economy
POLPROP-NATURA
POLPROP-NATURA - Proposals for environmental policy and governance based on demonstration of environmental, social and economic benefits from torism in the Slitere national park - A NATURA2000 territory
web summary | website
Beneficiary: Latvian Country Holiday Association "Lauku Ceļotājs"
TOSCA
TOSCA - Towards sustainable value chains through a common approach for company strategic work and daily operations
web summary | website
Beneficiary: Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry AB

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 2012), to produce a first list. The final selection was undertaken by the Member States.


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