Under the slogan of “Take a week to change tomorrow,” the second EU Sustainable Energy Week will take place from Monday 28th January. Organised on the initiative of the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy and Transport, the week will be celebrated primarily in Brussels - although other cities across Europe will also host events.
The week is part of the Sustainable Energy Europe campaign to raise awareness and change the landscape of energy. The campaign is seen as the third pillar of the EU's sustainable energy policy after legislation and support programmes. It aims to inspire Europe's citizens to think more carefully about their use of energy.
The week will see a series of political seminars and presentations in Brussels, with particular involvement from the Slovenian Presidency and the European Commission Directorate Generals for: Energy and Transport; the Environment; and Enterprise and Industry. The events will bring together thousands of private and public decision makers; industry associations, networks and NGOs will also lead sessions.
The events represent opportunities to discuss the specific roles of EU policy and local action and debate approaches based on legislation or education. It will also be a chance to keep in touch with technological and market developments, including best practice. Particular themes covered will include:
To mark the European dimension of the week, events are also planned in Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain
LIFE-Environment’s NITRABAR project (Remediation of agricultural diffuse nitrate polluted waters though the implementation of a permeable reactive barrier - LIFE05 ENV/UK/000137) is organising a demonstration event to mark the successful installation of its new NITRABAR system which offers protection of surface waters from farm-based nitrate releases.
The free event will comprise a presentation from project partners about the new technology followed by a reception. Interested parties are invited to contact NITRABAR Project Manager, Dr Bruce Howard, by January 21st for further information and registration details.
For further information about the project, consult the NITRABAR website.
World Wetlands Day (WWD) marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Subtitled "Taking forward the Wetland Agenda", the WWD 2008 conference will focus on wetland policy, how this is influenced and implemented.
The conference is being organised by Coastal Management for Sustainability (CMS) in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). The CIWEM is a professional organisation for scientists, engineers, other environmental professionals, students and those committed to the sustainable management and development of water and the environment.
The two day programme includes talks on future challenges for wetlands, river basin planning, wetlands and flooding, presentations of the Living Wetlands Awards 2008, themed walks and sharing best practice and network opportunities.
ACR+ and London Remade are hosting an International Conference on Waste and Climate Change on 31 January to 1 February 2008 at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London.
The conference will be an opportunity to explore the role that waste management plays in climate change. High-profile expert speakers from Europe and beyond will stimulate debate on a range of topics including energy recovery, waste prevention, recycling and treating organic waste.
The conference is aimed at waste management experts, government organisations involved in planning and waste management policy, waste management companies, researchers and scientists involved in life cycle assessment, academics, consultancies and technology providers. Co-hosts ACR+, the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource management, is an international network of members who promote sustainable resource consumption and waste management.
For more information visit the website.
The LIFE project ‘Recovery plan for the Egyptian Vulture in South-Eastern France’ (LIFE03 NAT/F/ 000103) invites interested people to attend its seminar examining the situation of the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) and the lessons learned from the efforts of the project to restore numbers of the vulture in France.
The seminar aims to transfer expertise and share experiences in protecting this endangered species. Discussions will look at issues around:
The Egyptian Vulture is the smallest of the four vulture species present in Europe. Due to its vulnerability, the species is included in Annex I of the “Birds” Directive. The Egyptian vulture has two distinct populations in France: in the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean region. This LIFE project has worked to improve understanding of the threats to the vulture and update the action plans aimed at restoring its numbers.
For more information on the seminar or the project, please visit the project website.
To register for this free event, please email the Syndicat Mixte des Gorges du Gardon (SMGG) or telephone: +33 (0)4 66 03 62 59.