Reducing air pollution and related measures is a hot issue in many European cities. A special focus is on the emissions of utility vehicles, such as buses, lorries or vans. Notably with regard to particles and NOx they pose a serious problem.
The two-day event “Low emission zones – and what else?” will discuss European experiences of low emission zones, excluding these vehicles from the city centres, and also other incentives for changing to clean transport vehicles. Carmakers are invited and will present their new technologies, discuss current available options and costs, and look ahead to what will be available soon.
This event, orgainsed in the framework of the Parfum LIFE project (LIFE06 ENV/D/000477), aims to support policy and planning strategies towards the reduction of transport-related air pollution.
The QUERCUS project (LIFE05 ENV UK 000127) aims to make river corridors an attractive feature of the urban environment by applying and testing the ‘Designing Out Crime’ approach used for housing developments in an environmental setting.
Find out more about promoting greater use and enjoyment of urban river corridors, reducing crime and the fear of crime, and improving river habitats for wildlife at the QUERCUS Project showcase event, which will celebrate the successful delivery of the project in three urban river locations. The event will take place in London and attendance to the conference and associated activities is free.
The rapid development of emerging technologies such as bio-technologies, nano-technologies, ICT and robotics offers the opportunity to achieve disruptive step-changes to address the environmental challenges faced by the European Union. However, as the technological opportunities become apparent the potential negative side-effect, especially risks to health or the environment and ethical issues, gain increased attention.
To debate such issues, the fifth meeting of the European Forum on Eco-innovation will explore strategic orientations for eco-innovation and environmental technologies, in support of the EU Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP).
The main theme of this event will concentrate on the emerging environmental technologies in the field of recycling and waste and bio-based products. The focus will be on, but not restricted to, the markets identified by the European Commission in the Lead Market Initiative.
The chamber of commerce of Castellón de la Plana is organising a LIFE+ information day, which will include a presentation of LIFE projects and best practices in the Valencia region in the morning, and information sessions on the 2008 LIFE+ call for proposals in the afternoon.
For further information, please consult the programme or contact the chamber of commerce by telephone at: +34 964 356 500.
The Sustainable Rivers Catchments for the South East - SuRCaSE - project (LIFE04 ENV/GB/000807) has been working to identify and develop actions for managing water resources and quality on a local scale in ways which have economic, environmental and social benefits and will help safeguard the precious water heritage of South East England.
This free seminar will present the results of the project in the context of ongoing developments in catchment management and the Water Framework Directive. It will be of interest to all environmental professionals and stakeholders who have an interest in South East England’s water environment.
The seminar attendance, documentation, and refreshments are free to all delegates, but please register by email to Chris Sollars (Tel.: 01483 470129) with your name, organisation and address. For the programme, click here.
For more details about the project visit its website.
The LIFE project Conservation of the most remarkables habitats and species of the Poitevin Marshes (LIFE04 NAT/FR/000087) has announced details of its closing conference, which will present the results of work carried out in the Poitevin marsh, a wetland of international importance spanning two regions in western France. The project focused on three main objectives: ecological restoration of habitats within the Natura 2000 site; improving the site's capacity to host endangered species; and raising public awareness of the biological richness of the marsh and the importance of its preservation.
The LIFE Zemships (Zero Emission Ships) project will be featured at H2Expo, a meeting of the world’s hydrogen and fuel cell technology experts taking place in Hamburg this autumn. As well as a conference presentation about Zemships, the event organisers have scheduled a test run of the craft, the world's first hydrogen-powered excursion vessel.
The community of Angers Loire Metropole and its project partners have announced details of the final conference of the Sound Sludge LIFE project (LIFE05 ENV/FR/000067), which will be help in the city of Angers, in the Loire valley.
Administrations, technology providers and municipal engineers will present and share experiences on a range of sewage sludge reduction technologies currently used in Europe. This will include an assessment of the environmental benefits and impacts of these technologies, and the associated treatment lines: waste reduction or recovery, energy balance, greenhouse gas emissions, side effects to the water treatment line, as well as economic aspects.
The 32nd World Urban Development Congress will examine the governance of large-scale development projects, in particular the different modes of financing and the role of cultural projects in facilitating public acceptance of such projects. The event is being organised by INTA - The International Urban Development Association, a network of urban policy makers and professionals actively involved in urban transformation and regeneration.
This year, the congress will bring together 80 keynote speakers from 27 countries to discuss creative and innovative solutions to climate, energy, social and economic challenges in expanding urban environments: in 2030 two thirds of the nine billion people in the world will live in cities. Six Master Classes will also be held, delivered by well-known international experts.
The Urban and Metropolitan Planning Center of Bucharest and the National Metereological Administration are organising an international workshop for professionals dealing with urban development strategies. This event aims to disseminate the knowledge and skills acquired by Bucharest's urban and metropolitan planners as a result of using the AIR-AWARE system developed during a LIFE project (LIFE05 ENV/RO/000106).
The AIR-AWARE project aimed to build a pilot air quality monitoring and forecasting system to assess the impact on people’s health, and to inform short, medium and long term planning in the Bucharest area.
The organiser aims to contribute to an exchange of experience at EU level on sustainable urban design. The target group includes urban planning centres from European Union's cities and the EU Expert Group on Urban Environment, as well as other experts previously involved in theme-related projects at EU level.
Details on this event, invitation and registration form are available here.
SPI-Water is an EC research project (FP6) aiming to bridge the gaps in communication between scientists and policy-makers. They have conducted a research identifying and screening LIFE projects which they view as useful for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. The selected LIFE projects have then been uploaded to a central database.
If you are dealing with water conservation, water and wastewater management problems, you might be interested in attending their closing conference by registering on-line here. Read the programme here.
Visit the website here.