The Dutch Life+ project ChildProtect-life (LIFE12 ENV/NL/000833) is being launched in Brussels on 19 February, with a debate on policies concerning endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC).
The debate, which will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, will feature European scientists, representatives from the European Commission and the Parliament, and NGOs.
The project beneficiary, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) is a non-governmental organisation focusing on chemicals management and health in the Netherlands that has, for many years, highlighted the risks to human health of exposure to endocrine disrupters.
EDC exposure can lead to testicular, prostate and breast cancer, fertility problems (reduced sperm quality), hypospadias (abnormality in male genitalia) and early puberty. It may also contribute to the development of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and disrupted brain development (autism, attention disorders, developmental delays etc.).
The LIFE project aims to speed up implementation of EU environmental regulations on the substitution of EDCs, in line with the EU 2020 goal of minimising adverse effects of chemicals on public health. The project plans to develop innovative and multi-sectorial modular actions for carrying out policy measures and voluntary actions that protect children and pregnant women, in particular, from the harmful effects of EDCs.
Pregnant women are exposed to these chemicals on a daily basis and transfer the chemicals to the child. EDCs can be found in food, plastics, and personal care and cleaning products.
For more information, visit www.wecf.eu; to register, visit www.eventbrite.de/registration. (Please also register if you wish to attend only the lunch session).
The Spanish LIFE project 'BIOLCA’ (LIFE11 ENV/ES/000585), is holding a workshop at the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall in Bilbao on 26 February. The event will demonstrate the web-based tool that the project is developing to increase the use of biofuels in the transport sector.
The workshop will also focus on two pilot case studies and will be followed by a debate on the main related challenges facing public administrations. The event will also include presentations from the Bilbao City Hall and the DG Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.
The main objective of the BIOLCA project is to demonstrate an innovative web-based tool that can identify the best options for the developing biofuel use in the transport sector. The tool will conduct lifecycle assessments (LCA) to analyse the sustainability of different scenarios of development, production and use of biofuels in transport. It will identify those options that offer the best environmental, social and economic performance.
The transport sector is estimated to be responsible for a quarter of all carbon dioxide emissions in the EU. According to an evaluation of the EU’s Scientific and Technological Option Assessment Committee, biofuels could be one of the best short and mid-term options for replacing fossil fuels.
From the 26 to the 28th February the Austrian city of Wels will host the 2014 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.