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Best LIFE-Environment Projects 2013

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 2013.


25 Best LIFE Environment Projects

This 11th 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 2013:

  The 6 "Best of the Best" LIFE Environment Projects 2013
Award EWWR- European Week of Waste Reduction
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Beneficiary: ADEME – Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie
Award WEEELABEX- WEEE LABEL OF EXCELLENCE. European Standards for Treatment and Recycling of E&E Waste and for Monitoring the Processing Companies
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment Forum
Award RESCATAME- Pervasive Air-quality Sensors Network for an Environmental Friendly Urban Traffic Management
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Fundación CARTIF
Award GREEN COMMERCE - Compromise for a reduction of the environmental impact of the retail sector
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Conselleria de Industria, Comercio e Innovación
Award ECO-VITRUM-TRC - Integral management model of cathode rays glass: closing the circle of recovery, recycling and reuse of WEEE'S
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Diputación Provincial de Valencia
Award ENERG-ICE - New PU Foaming Technology for the Cold Appliance Industry Assuring a Cost-Efficient Ecodesign with Augmented Energy Saving
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Beneficiary: DOW Italia S.r.l.

A further 19 exemplary projects have been awarded "Best" project status – 16 LIFE ENV and three LIFE INF (again listed in chronological order):

The 16"Best" LIFE Environment Projects 2013
PROGRASS - Securing the Conservation of Natura Grassland Habitats with a Distributed Bioenergy Production
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: University of Kassel
EDEA - Efficient Development of Eco-Architecture: Methods and Technologies for Public Social Housing Building in Extremadura
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Junta de Extremadura. Consejería de Fomento
Soil Sustainability(So.S)- Soil Sustainable Management in a Mediterranean River basin based on the European Soil Thematic Strategy
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Development Agency of Eastern Thessaloniki "Anatoliki S.A."   
PISCES - Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic sea Eco-System
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: WWF-UK        
RESALTTECH - Concentrated saline rejection treatment: Environmental Technology using a non profitable solid waste as energy source
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Beneficiary: Acondicionamiento Tarrasense (LEITAT)
ClimaBiz - Financial Institutions: Preparing the Market for adapting to Climate Change
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Beneficiary: PIRAEUS BANK SA
BIOFUELS-2G - Demonstration of a Sustainable & Effective 2nd Generation Biofuels Application in an Urban Environment
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH)          
HydroSense - Innovative precision technologies for optimised irrigation and integrated crop management in a water-limited agrosystem
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Beneficiary: The Goulandris Natural History Museum
SMARt-CHP - Demonstration of a small-scale mobile agricultural residue gasification unit for decentralized combined heat and power production
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Research Committee Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
MEDAPHON - Monitoring Soil Biological Activity by using a novel tool: EDAPHOLOG-System - system building and field testing
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Institute for Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
SEDI.PORT.SIL - Recovery of dredged SEDIments of the PORT of Ravenna and SILicon extraction
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: MED INGEGNERIA S.r.l.
HydroClimateStrategyRiga - Integrated Strategy for Riga City to Adapt to the Hydrological Processes Intensified by Climate Change Phenomena
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Riga City Council
CHEFUB - Creative high efficient and effective use of biomass
web summary | Layman's report
Beneficiary: BIOMASA, Association of Legal Entities
DEMOCOPHESII - Demonstration of a study to coordinate and perform human biomonitoring on a European scale
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment
ELVISUSTECH - End life vehicles: innovative and sustainable technology for chieving European Directive targets
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: LEITAT
ECOTRANSFLUX - Transverse Flux Induction Strip Heating Demonstrator, a technology limiting CO2 emissions & acid wastes in Steel Industry
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Five Celes
The 3 "Best" LIFE INF Projects 2013
CHANGING THE CHANGE - LIFE+campaign 'Changing the change'. The Galician agriculture and forest sector facing climate change.
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Unions Agrarias - UPA
COM-U - Communicating environmental actions to children and youth
web summary| website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Stifelsen Håll Sverige Rent / The Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation
Eco-Animation - Eco-Animation: a cutting edge cartoon to raise awareness on climate change and sustainable use of natural resources among European children
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Beneficiary: Business Solutions Europa Limited


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 2013), to produce a first list. The final selection was undertaken by the Member States.

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