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Best LIFE-Environment Projects 2014

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 2014.

 

25 Best LIFE Environment Projects

This 12th 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 2014 including Information projects which focus on environment:

  The 8 "Best of the Best" LIFE Environment Projects 2014
Award WIZ- WaterIZe spatial planning: encompass future drinkwater management conditions to adapt to climate change
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: ACQUE S.P.A.
Award POWER- Project for Optimisation of Water and Emissions Reduction
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Fundación San Valero
Award AQUA- Achieving good water QUality status in intensive Animal production areas
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali C.R.P.A. S.p.A.
Award AgriClimateChange - Combating climate change through farming: application of a common evaluation system in the 4 largest agricultural economies of the EU
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: FUNDACIÓN GLOBAL NATURE
Award REWETLAND - Widespread introduction of constructed wetlands for a wastewater treatment of Agro Pontino
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: PROVINCIA DI LATINA
Award DEMONSTRATION OF KDV TECH - First Implementation Of A New Waste Recovery Technology Converting The Msw From A Representative Urban Region Into Synthetic Diesel Fuel
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: SANEA TRATAMIENTO DERESIDUOS, S.L.U.
Award Slovenia WEEE campaign - Raising awareness of the importance of environmentally sound management of WEEE among identified target groups in Slovenia
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: ZEOS, ravnanje z električno in elektronsko opremo, d.o.o.
Award RESTORE - Rivers - Engaging, Supporting and Transferring knOwledge for Restoration in Europe
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Environment Agency for England & Wales

A further 17 exemplary projects have been awarded "Best" project status – 16 LIFE ENV and 1 LIFE INF (again listed ):

The 17 "Best" LIFE Environment Projects 2014
ArcFUEL - Mediterranean fuel maps geodatabase for wildland & forest fire safety
web summary | website | Layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: EPSILON International, SA
GISBLOOM - Participatory monitoring, forecasting, control and socio-economic impacts of eutrophication and algal blooms in river basins districts
web summary | website | Layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Suomen ympäristökeskus
ASROCKS - Guidelines for Sustainable Exploitation of Aggregate Resources in Areas with Elevated Arsenic Concentrations
web summary | website | Layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Geologian tutkimuskeskus
LOWaste - LOcal Waste Market for second life products
web summary| website | Layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: MUNICIPALITY OF FERRARA
PROSODOL - Strategies to improve and protect soil quality from the disposal of olive mills' wastes in the Mediterranean region
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Hellenic Agricultural Organization DEMETER
Pure Energy Separator - Innovative Centrifugal Separator Technology for Energy Recovery and Oily Waste Volume Reduction
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Alfa Laval Tumba AB
ZERO-HYTECHPARK - Zero emissions using renewable energies and hydrogen technologies in building and sustainable mobility in Technology Parks
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Fundación para el Desarrollo de Nuevas Tecnologías del Hidrógeno en Aragón
EnvEurope - Environmental quality and pressures assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE (CNR) ISTITUTO DI SCIENZE MARINE (ISMAR)
P.R.I.M.E. - Posidonia Residues Integrated Management for Eco-sustainability
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Municipality of Mola di Bari
WASTE-LESS in CHIANTI - Waste Prevention and Reduction in the Chianti Territory
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Provincia di Firenze
WASTE-C-CONTROL - Waste management options for greenhouse gases emissions control
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: EPEM – Environmental Planning, Engineering and Management S.A.
LASERFIRING - Climate Change Adaptation of the Structural Ceramics Industry by Decreasing the Firing Temperature Using Laser Technology
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón, (CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza)
GREENING BOOKS - Improving the environmental performance of publications from design to lecture!
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Acondicionamiento Tarrasense
OPERA - An integrated assessment methodology to plan local cost-effective air quality policies harmonized with national and European actions
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Agenzia Prevenzione Ambiente Emilia-Romagna
ATMOSYS - Policy support system for atmospheric pollution hot spots
web summary | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV
MHyBus - Methane and Hydrogen blend for public city transport bus: technical demonstrative application and strategic policy measures
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Regione Emilia-Romagna
Investing in Water - Achieving Reduction in Water Consumption by Business in Malta
web summary | website | Layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Malta Business Bureau

 

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 2014), to produce a first list. The final selection was undertaken by the Member States.


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