The 1st annual awards for ‘outstanding actions’ developed to reduce waste across Europe will be announced on 15 March 2010, in Brussels. The event, organised by the three-year LIFE+ Information and Communication project, the European Week for Waste Reduction, will unveil the winners of over 2 600 waste reduction activities, organised during last year’s waste reduction week.
At this ceremony, which takes place at 6 pm at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels, awards will be granted to the projects selected in the following categories: administrations and public authorities, associations and NGOs, businesses, educational institutions, and other (for example hospitals, nursing homes, cultural institutions, etc.).
The awards will be introduced by a welcome speech by Evelyne Huytebroeck, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Urban Renovation for the Brussels-Capital Region. The speech will feature an overall assessment of the 2009 European Week for Waste Reduction. It will also include details of how to take part in the 2010 event.
For more information on the event and on the 2010 call for European Week for Waste Reduction, visit the project website.
To mark World Water Day 2010, the UK-based LIFE+ “Eco-Animation” project team is hosting a launch event for “My Friend Boo”, a new animated cartoon TV series for European children. The Information & Communication project’s aim is through simple carton messages to help youngsters, aged 5-8 years, to understand some of today’s key environmental challenges – starting with water conservation.
Produced by a team of independent education, conservation, communication and animation experts, the series has pioneered an innovative approach to creating content for kids, which is both educational and fun. This approach involves focus groups from over 500 schoolchildren in five European countries
Following the series launch, Boo’s adventures will be broadcast on TV networks across Europe from June 2010. Each episode is also accompanied by teaching packs for schools and educators to help the children to learn more about this precious resource and at the same time, to have fun.
Anyone interested: children and their parents, but also other LIFE project beneficiaries and team members etc. are welcome to join the project team for the launch of the series to be held 9.30 a.m - 12 noon (followed by lunch) on 22 March, at the WWT London Wetland Centre, Barnes, London. Please reply by 18 March to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions (including a plan) are available here.
A press conference to demonstrate the benefits of using the perennial grass crop, miscanthus, as a biomass source for fuelling domestic and commercial boilers, is to be held on 23 March in Brittany, France. The conference is being organised within the framework of the ongoing LIFE Environment “Green Pellets” project (Best sustainable life-cycle fittings for mixed herbaceous solid biofuels for heating to reduce GHG emissions - LIFE07 ENV/F/000178).
The overall objective of the (2009-2011) project is to demonstrate that new dedicated energy herbaceous crops, such as miscanthus (a high yield crop), are suitable for solid biomass constituting an effective, sustainable and eco-friendly bio-energy source for heating. This source of energy should contribute to reducing significantly, in the near future, greenhouse gas emissions in western France.
The event (French only) is being organised by local French energy agency, AILE, the project beneficiary; and project partner, Coopedom. It takes place at 14.00 at the Coopedom site, rue de la Cidrerie – Domagné, (35), France. It will present the project’s first harvest of miscanthus processed in two forms suitable for use in heating boilers for both domestic and commercial applications.
For more information, contact Aurélie Leplus on tel : +33 02 99 54 63 23.
The LIFE+ ZERO-HYTECHPARK (LIFE08 ENV/E/000136) project will hold its first press conference on 24 March 2010 on 11h00 at the Parque Tecnológico Walqa in Huesca (Spain).
The project, which launched this year, will present its plans to promote hydrogen technology as a renewable energy source in Technology Parks. The project beneficiary, the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation, will talk about designing and installing a complete energy accumulation system in the Walqa Technology Park. The system will store and then re-use hydrogen produced from water electrolysis, thus reducing CO2 emissions and providing economic benefits from improved energy self-sufficiency.
The technology developed should also present opportunities for a range of other industrial and leisure sectors. The project will develop guidelines for implementing the hydrogen technologies in other buildings.
Read more on the event.
The SusTreat project (Use of immanent energy for sludge treatment – a central step towards self-sustaining sewage flow management - LIFE08 ENV/D/000026) aims at implementing the first complete energy self-sufficient sludge treatment system (digestion, drying and gasification) using the city of Koblenz’ wastewater treatment plant. This ambitious LIFE+ project has been qualified by Rhineland-Palatinate’s minister of environment, Margot Conrad, as a “Lighthouse in the field of energy”.
The project’s launching conference will take place on the Koblenz’wastewater treatment plant site on March 25, 2010. Anyone interested in participating should register via email: email@example.com.
Download the invitation letter in German for practical information concerning the event.
Read more about the SusTreat project
The 3rd Biology of the Vipers Conference will be held in Pisa, Italy, between 30th March and 2nd April.
More details on registration, conference programme and accomodation will be made available on the dedicated website soon.