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Best LIFE-Environment / Information Projects 2015

Best of the best

The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee, together with the LIFE Unit, have identified the 25 Best LIFE-Environment / Information projects completed during 2015.

25 Best LIFE Environment / Information Projects

This 13th Best LIFE-Environment / Information 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 no particular order) have been selected by the Member States as "Best of the Best" LIFE Environment / Information projects that finished in 2015:

  The 5 "Best of the Best" LIFE Environment / Information Projects 2015
Award EDEA-RENOV - Development of Energy Efficiency in Architecture: Energy Renovation, Innovation and ICTs
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Beneficiary: Junta de Extremadura
Award Odourless casting - Odour and hazardous emission abatement of foundries
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Beneficiary: Uudenkaupungin Rautavalimo Oy (Meehanite Technology Oy)
Award SEWeb - Scotland's environmental web
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Award ACUMEN -Assessing, Capturing & Utilising Methane from Expired and Non-operational landfill
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Beneficiary: Environment Agency of England & Wales
Award HEO - Highly Efficient Ovens through eco-friendly, energy efficient sol-gel enamelling process
project summary | website | Layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Whirlpool Europe s.r.l.

25 exemplary projects have been awarded "Best" project status – 24 LIFE ENV and 1 LIFE INF (listed):

The 20 "Best" LIFE Environment / Information Projects 2015
DOMOTIC - Demonstration Of Models for Optimisation of Technologies for Intelligent Construction
project summary| website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Fundación San Valero
REDUST - Best winter maintenance practices ot reduce respirable street dust in urban areas - demonstration of best practices, strategy development and implementation
project summary| website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: City of Helsinki Envinronment Centre
ACEPT-AIR - Development of A Cost Efficient Policy Tool for reduction of Particulate Matter in AIR
project summary| website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: N.C.S.R. "Demokritos"
SOL-BRINE - Development of an advanced innovative energy autonomous system for the treatment of brine from seawater desalination plants
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Beneficiary: Municipality of Tinos
ENERGY-WASTE - Energy exploitation of non-recyclable urban waste in a sustainable waste-to-energy market
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Beneficiary: WATT S.A.
DYEMOND SOLAR - Innovative Technology for Low Cost Production of Energy Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
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Beneficiary: NLAB Solar AB
EDOC - Electronic Duty of Care
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: The Environment Agency of Englandand Wales
BREAD4PLA - Demonstration-Plant Project to Produce Poly-Lactic Acid (PLA) Biopolymer From Waste Products of Bakery Industry
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Asociación de Investigación de Materiales Plásticos y Conexas
POLYMIX - Polymer Wastes in Asphalt Mixes: a Way to Increase Sustainability of Roads Infrastructures
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Beneficiary: Universidad de Cantabria
AQUAENVEC - Assessment and improvement of the urban water cycle eco-efficiency using LCA and LCC
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Beneficiary: CETAQUA
HARMONICA - HARMOnised Noise Information for Citizens and Authorities
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: BRUITPARIF
ELINA - Integrated green life-cycle management of waste oils and petroleum residues
project summary | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Cyclon Hellas S.A.
PODEBA - Use of poultry dejection for the bating phase in the tanning cycle
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile
NOW - No more organic waste. A new integrated system to eliminate organic waste in the organised large scale distribution
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Beneficiary: Cantiere Autolimitazione Cooperative Sociale a.r.l.
B.R.A.V.E. - Better Regulation Aimed at Valorising Emas
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitarie di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna
BIOTTOPE - BIological tools to Optimize Treatment Technologies to remove micro Pollutants and Endocrine disrupters
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Beneficiary: Veolia Environnement Recherche et Innovation SNC
PRISCA - Pilot project for scale re-use starting from bulky waste stream
project summary | website | Layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitarie di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna
GeoPyrz - Demonstration of the innovative technology of the improvement of absorption of the geothermal deposit layer
project summary | website | Layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: "Geotermia Pyrzyce" Spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością
GREEN SINKS - Realization of green composite sinks substituting organic and mineral primary materials by recovered waste
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Beneficiary: DELTA srl
REBIRTH - Promotion of the recycling of industrial waste and building rubble for the construction industry
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Beneficiary: Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG)

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 2015), to produce a first list. The final selection was undertaken by the Member States.


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