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Events: February 2013

Training Day – nitrogen mineralisation models

13 February 2013, Villava, Navarre, Spain


The LIFE ‘NITRATES’ project (LIFE10 ENV/ES/000478) is holding a free training day on nitrogen mineralisation models for farmers. Taking place at the Navarre Institute of Agro-food Technology and Infrastructure in northern Spain, the training aims to enable farmers to implement methodologies to reduce nitrogen overload of soils and waters.

The full-day event will include presentations of the ‘NITRATES’ project, the mineralisation model LIXIM, a review of the experimental data generated by the project and specific information on the mineralisation of grasslands.
The overall goal of the project is to raise awareness on nitrate contamination and identify - through experimentation in pilot estates - best farming practices for its reduction.

The training session will take place in English, from 09:30 to 17:00, on Wednesday, 13 February 2013, at the headquarters of INTIA in Villava.

For free registration or more information, please email or download the training day programme.

To read more on the LIFE project ‘NITRATES - Repercussion of Agricultural Activities in Nitrate Contamination of Continental Water’, please visit the project website

Climate Commissioner to present Carbon 20 award

22 February 2013, Allerød, Denmark

Photo: Europa

Connie Hedegaard, the European Commissioner for Climate Action, will present two companies in the Danish municipality of Allerød with an award for reducing their climate impact. The awards, which will be presented at the ‘Allerødmessen’ climate fair on 22 February, are part of the ongoing LIFE project, ‘Carbon 20’ (LIFE09 ENV/DK/000366).

The project aims to strengthen cooperation on CO2-reductions between municipalities and companies. One of its goals is to encourage at least 100 companies to reduce their CO2 emissions by 20%. The Carbon 20 Awards recognise significant efforts in this direction.

Over the past two years, the LIFE project has enabled the municipality of Allerød to work on CO2 reductions with 23 local companies, several of which have already achieved considerable reductions. The project is developing tools to support climate initiatives in businesses, as well as guidelines for public authorities to support and motivate the private sector to carry out climate-friendly initiatives.
The Allerød town authorities plan to maintain and expand the environmental cooperation with the business community after the LIFE project ends in December 2013.

For more information about the ‘Carbon 20’ project visit:

Restoring rivers lunchtime seminar

27 February 2013, Brussels, Belgium


The LIFE Information & Communication project ‘RESTORE’ (LIFE09 INF/UK/000032) will be holding a lunchtime seminar on 27 February at the Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11-19, Brussels.

The event will examine how Europe is working to reconnect our river channels with their natural floodplains, as well as the role that urban regeneration and development is playing in helping to deliver river restoration projects.
Speakers include: Toni Scarr, the project manager of RESTORE; Martin Janes, managing director, UK River Restoration Centre; Yves Herbert, partner and principal designer at Joining Nature and Cities; and Renaud Bocquet of Leefmilieu Brussel - BIM/Bruxelles Environnement.
The event is free, but registration is necessary as places are limited. E-mail:

The aim of ‘RESTORE’ is to develop a network linking policymakers, river basin planners, practitioners and experts across Europe to share information and good practice on river restoration activities. More information can be found at the project website:

Meet LIFE at the World Sustainable Energy Days

27 February -01 March 2013, Wels, Austria

World Sustainable Energy Days LOGO

From the 27th of February to the 1st of March, the Austrian city of Wels will host the 2013 Edition of the World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED).

Organised by the Upper Austria Region, over the course of three days the WSED will gather the most relevant stakeholders on energy sustainability from all over the world.

The LIFE Programme will be present at the event to demonstrate some of the results of its projects on renewable energies and energy efficiency. Look for us in the exhibition area! We will be more than happy to present our projects to you and to discuss sustainable energy issues.

The programme of the World Sustainable Energy Days can be found here.

To register, click here.


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