The next EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will take place on the first week of June 2018. As in previous years, EUSEW offers Europeans a chance to check in on changes sweeping through their energy sector.
In the month before the event, the public is invited to join governments, companies and NGOs in holding their own Energy Days. These gatherings can be EU-large, or neighbourhood local. What they have in common is their focus on the shift towards sustainable energy.
On 5 June 2018, EUSEW will open its annual 3-day policy conference in Brussels dedicated to the energy transition. Conference sessions will debate policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas.
The programme also features an adrenaline-charged networking village, buzzing with opportunities to meet new partners, and an awards ceremony to recognise outstanding achievements among Europe’s latest energy-saving initiatives.
Calls for contributions will open in January. Sustainable energy enthusiasts will be invited to propose workshops or networking activities in Brussels, to organise an Energy Day in their own region, or to enter their project for the EU Sustainable Energy Awards. Stay tuned on the EUSEW website and on Twitter @euenergyweek.
The Finnish LIFE project UPcirACMIC is hosting a workshop at the circular economy conference, WASCON2018, which is being held in Tampere, Finland, on 6-8 June 2018.
The workshop on ‘Alternative materials in mining environment construction,’ which will take place on the first afternoon of the event, will feature introductory presentations on the topic from experts from Finland, Sweden and Morocco.
One session will be given by Tarja Niemelin from the project beneficiary, the engineering company Ramboll Finland Oy.
UPACMIC is piloting the use of by-products and alternative materials in the construction of mines, avoiding for example the environmental impacts associated with commercial sealants. The primary purpose of its work is to prevent contaminants leaching into the groundwater.
The LIFE workshop will also include small group discussions along with session reports and conclusions.
The project Life FLANDRE is organising an international workshop on the "Management of coastal dunes and sandy beaches" from 12 – 15 June 2018 at the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale in Dunkirk.
The workshop programme explores the implementation of recommendations from the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process Seminars for Coastal Dunes in the Atlantic Region, including the Coastal Dunes Roadmap and how LIFE can be a useful tool for this. A particular focus will be on cross-border or transregional coastal nature restoration projects. The event aims to encourage networking amongst administrators, policy makers and scientists from this field of work in order to stimulate new cross-border nature partnerships. Working languages will be English and French.
The coastal dunes between Dunkirk in France and Westende in Belgium have been strongly degraded over the 20th century. What remains of them is now part of the NATURA 2000 network of nature protection areas. The project Life FLANDRE aims to protect and manage the dunes as a cross-border nature park.
Save the date for the Scalluvia Symposium from 13 – 15 June in Wissekerke castle near Antwerp, Belgium. The international symposium will close the project LIFE+SCALLUVIA and celebrate its achievements over the last five years.
Partners of LIFE+SCALLUVIA worked with local stakeholders to restore 90 hectares of alluvial forests and creeks within a flood area of the Kruibeke region. The flood area was constructed by Flemish Authorities to make the region around the Scheldt river more natural, safer and more accessible.
LIFE+ SCALLUVIA has since been restoring degraded habitats in this area. The project has notably introduced a forest management plan and an accessibility plan for Kruibeke-Bazel-Rupelmonde, and engaged with locals to increase public support for nature conservation.
The symposium will share project results and offer participants an opportunity to network, take part in workshops, and join a guided tour of LIFE+ Scalluvia, a beaver safari and a visit to Groot-Saeftinghe. The official invitation and final programme will be available later this spring.
For more information, please visit the website of LIFE+SCALLUVIA.
The LIFE project PAVEtheWAySTE will hold an event on sustainable management of solid waste at the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management (NAXOS 2018) in the Cultural Center former Ursuline School on the island of Naxos in Greece.
The LIFE-funded project PAVEtheWAySTE is demonstrating how innovative recycling schemes can boost resource efficiency in remote areas. The project is notably helping local authorities implement the EU Waste Framework Directive by improving the performance of municipal recycling, an objective that overlaps with key issues addressed at NAXOS 2018.
The conference informs municipalities, citizens and scientists of developments of advances in sustainable solid waste management. Sessions this year will notably explore waste prevention and separation, biological treatment, recycling and waste-to-energy technologies. The event will highlight prospective products extracted from solid waste, such as biofuel and compost, and challenges in waste management and resource efficiency in islands and isolated areas. These open discussions offer an opportunity to strengthen ties between applied research, government and industry.
The LIFE-funded project European Private Land Conservation Network will hold its first workshop at the Arktikum science centre and museum in Rovaniemi, Finland. The event will investigate private land conservation under existing EU and national legislation, and how new instruments could be legally codified to foster future conservation work. The workshop will focus on conservation easements and privately protected areas.
Conservation easements are widely used in North America and other parts of the world, but are hardly known in the EU. Their wider-scale application requires a sound legal basis and proper financial instruments to incentivise landowners. Privately protected areas have so far only been codified in a handful of EU countries.
The LIFE-funded preparatory project ELCN aims to test private land conservation tools to promote their replication and propose policy actions to support them more widely. These measures could pave the way for a robust European network on private land conservation with strong international allies and a clear long-term strategy.
Further information on the event is available in the workshop programme.
The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) will launch a matchmaking programme at its General Assembly this year in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event will introduce urban project promoters to investors and industry representatives. Together they will explore market opportunities for making European cities smarter and more agreeable to live in.
The so-called EIP-SCC marketplace will support projects in more than 300 cities with up to €1 billion in investment from both public and private lenders. Cities and citizens will also take part in the General Assembly, guiding project ideas towards social priorities.
Other highlights from the event include sessions on the latest trends in smart city development, best practices and success stories from companies and government, and technological advances displayed in the EIP-SCC Exhibition Hall.
The LIFE programme will man a stand at this year's General Assembly describing how the projects that it funds have helped EU cities grow greener and offering advice on the programme. For further information, please visit the website of the General Assembly of the EIP-SCC or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.