Hydrogen fuel cell technology has been successfully piloted on a passenger ferry with support from LIFE and the project’s zero-emissions findings are being presented during a keynote conference on April 20th in Hamburg. The conference marks the conclusion of Germany’s ZEMSHIPS LIFE Environment project (LIFE06 ENV/D/000465) and will feature detailed analysis about the full potential of hydrogen-powered shipping on Europe’s lakes and river networks.
Some 14 different sessions are included in the conference programme that will also hear from a selection of other good practice initiatives and experts involved with the use of hydrogen fuel cells for both inland and maritime shipping. Event organisers expect the conference to generate new momentum and help further expand the uptake of zero-emission technology within Europe’s water transport fleet.
Contact the ZEMSHIPS team for more information about the conference.
The 8th European Forum on Eco-Innovation, will be held in Bilbao (Spain) on 20 and 21 April 2010. The theme for the Forum is: “Making Eco-Innovation happen in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises”.
The Bilbao Forum is intended first of all to get entrepreneurs themselves to speak about their specific needs and the barriers to their development. These will be examined against the background of what governments and other organisations are already doing to support SMEs in the eco-innovation sector.
An international conference on integrated river basin management under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) will be held in Lille from 26th April.
The event will review technical challenges faced by Member States, stakeholder organisations and scientists in developing the first River Basin Management Plan under the WFD. It will focus in particular on aspects of integration, looking at the way cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary co-operation has developed, and how emerging issues such as adaptation to climate changes will be considered in the future. Expected participants include water professionals, managers and scientists, consultants, academics, and local authority and government body representatives.
The LIFE programme will be present at the Commission's information stand, presenting information on relevant LIFE projects and the new LIFE publication based on the proceedings of the Water for life - LIFE for Water conference, which took place in October 2009.
More information is available on the conference website.