Extracting value from sewage sludgeWith the help of LIFE funding, Dutch regional water authorities are building new plants to produce and extract valuable alginate-like materials from sludge waste. Alginate is normally extracted at high cost from kelp, a type of seaweed.
A 3D textbook for sustainability in DublinThe WISER LIFE project transformed an old 1960s civic heating building into a new educational and cultural centre, making it Ireland’s first ‘3D textbook’ for social, sustainable building renovation.
EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes the provisional agreement on funding for the environment and climate actionThe European Commission welcomes the provisional agreement reached by the European Parliament and Council on the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, as part of the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027.
Breakthrough recycling technology drives circular economyDiscarded plastic bags and thrown-away food wrappings are a blot on the landscape and pose more than just a blip to environmental protection. But an innovative new polymer recycling plant built under the LIFE AGANFOILS project will demonstrate that such difficult-to-treat material can also be recycled and be part of the circular economy revolution.
The SoftBank Group Enters Strategic Partnership with Exeger and Invests to Accelerate Deployment of Exeger Solar TechnologySoftBank Group Corp. (“SBG”) and Exeger Operations AB (“Exeger”) today announced entry into a definitive agreement under which SBG invests $10 million in Exeger. In a related development, SB Energy Corp. (“SB Energy”), a Japanese subsidiary of SBG, and Exeger entered into a strategic partnership agreement to accelerate the global rollout of the Exeger technology.
Laying roads which give new life to wind turbinesWind turbines are transforming the way we generate energy for the better. But because their mixed fibreglass blades are hard to recycle they currently go to landfill. LIFE REFIBRE is paving a new destination for turbines by mixing the plastic with asphalt to build stronger roads and cut waste.
Understanding the health effects of desert dust in Mediterranean countriesDesert dust storms (DDS) carry fine sand particles over long distances, causing health issues especially in Mediterranean countries. LIFE MEDEA is studying patients with breathing and heart problems to gather evidence for an adaptation strategy to DDS and to limit negative health effects.
The Montseny newt and the delicate nature of local ecosystemsThe Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi) is a very recent discovery. First identified in 1979, biologists only formally described it as a new species in 2005. It’s now known to have inhabited the Montseny area in Catalonia for at least 1 million years. LIFE Tritó Montseny is working to improve the conservation status of this amphibian by carrying out a captive breeding programme and by reversing the threats to its habitat.
Assessing the risks of extreme weatherSmall businesses can be hard hit by extreme weather events, and an estimated 9 in every 10 close within a year if they have to stop production for more than a week. LIFE DERRIS helps small businesses in Italy assess their risks, together with local authorities and insurance companies – a partnership which is a first in the EU.
2019 Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum - Energy Efficiency Finance Market PlaceThe Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place took place in Brussels on 19-20 February 2019. With one and a half day full programme of plenary and parallel sessions, the event gathered more than 550 participants to share results from over 30 projects working towards financing the clean energy transition and making cities more climate resilient.