ECUVal is reducing the impact of wastewater on the environment

The technology behind the project is based on an eco-friendly process that removes residual dyes without the addition of chemical reagents. It combines an electrochemical process with ultraviolet irradiation that removes organic pollutants from wastewaters, originating an effluent that can be reused in a new dyeing process. 

The textile dyeing industry is one of the main water consumer industries and it is generating high volumes of wastewater with high levels of coloration and salinity. It is urgent to reduce water consumption at the industrial level and one of the ways to do it is trough water recycling and reuse. The Spanish project ECUVal aims to implement an innovative wastewater treatment system that could solve the problems of textile wastewater.

Plan Bee: projects on beekeeping

Bees play the vital role of pollinating many of our agricultural crops and balancing the ecosystem. A big part of the food we eat depends on pollinators such as honeybees. However, apiculture is facing important colony losses lately due to diseases and harmful pesticides.

The EU is funding several projects managed by the Executive Agency EASME (the EU’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) to help cope with this environmental crisis and save the hardworking bees:

From Tuesday 26 to Wednesday 28 June, the European Parliament is celebrating the 7th edition of the Bee Week. Here are 4 projects managed by EASME on beekeeping that contribute on the ground to this year's theme: How is the agricultural community mobilised to protect bees?

Nature-based solutions are helping to address urban challenges

Those EU-funded projects demonstrate how nature-based solution (NBS) can contribute to address urban challenges such as climate change and water management. They provide multiple benefits to citizens by promoting the sustainable use of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, ensuring healthy lives, increasing social cohesion and creating new business and economic opportunities:  


Did you know that currently over 70% of Europe's population live in cities, and this is expected to increase to over 80% by the middle of the century? This translates to 36 million new urban citizens, who will need cities that are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Two-stage application for LIFE Environment sub-programme - a major simplification for LIFE applicants

The first stage is a concept note, approximately 10 pages long. Applicants that make it through to the second stage of LIFE's Environment sub-programme will then submit their full proposal based on feedback from the LIFE programme. For the LIFE Climate Action sub-programme, the submission procedure remains unchanged. Applicants will submit full proposals from the start.

Stage 1: Concept Note

Applicants will be requested to submit a concept note in English that is approximately 10 pages long. The information that will be requested will notably include:

The project submission procedure for the 2018 call under LIFE's Environment sub-programme will undergo changes for simplicity. Applications will be submitted in two stages.

How to get your Close-to-Market proposal approved

1. Show the impact
Clearly explain how your project will serve the environment. Make sure that its benefits are ambitious, credible and well quantified in the Key Project Level Indicators for environment and climate action projects detailed in your application pack.  

Working on a commercial solution to an environmental or climate challenge? You can now download LIFE application packages for traditional projects on the environment and resource efficiency, and climate action. Here are our 8 tips for getting your Close-to-Market proposal approved.

Barrier tracker - new app to improve connectivity of rivers

Fish bump into barriers almost every kilometre

A new study, led by Swansea University, reveals that the density of barriers in European rivers is much higher than indicated by available databases – up to one barrier in every kilometre of river. Information about the location and density of smaller barriers is often unknown, but these smaller barriers present the biggest problem for the health of Europe’s streams and rivers. Now, for the first time, scientists are inviting citizens to help in updating information about these barriers with a newly-developed smartphone app.

Information & Networking event: LIFE 2018 call for project proposals

The event is open to potential applicants presenting project proposals on green technology, nature protection and climate action. Participants will be invited to a morning information session on the 2018 LIFE call, covering significant changes to the programme compared to previous years. The afternoon will be dedicated to networking with fellow participants to share experience, match with potential new partners and meet representatives of the LIFE programme from the European Commission.

4 May 2018, Brussels – Information & Networking Event on the 2018 funding opportunities for green technology, nature conservation and climate projects under the EU's LIFE programme.

The Horizon 2020 SCREEN project enables European regions to move to a circular economy

The SCREEN project, which brings together 17 regions in a Horizon 2020 funded coordination and support action, aims at developing a systemic replicable approach for funding synergies for eco-innovative solutions in Europe.

The main goal of the workshop was to bring stakeholders from the public and private sectors together in order to discuss barriers and shortcuts to kick-starting the circular economy in European regions.

On February 22nd 2018, the SCREEN project held an international workshop, back-to-back to the Stakeholder Conference on Circular Economy in Brussels.

Collaboration between three Horizon 2020 projects for the decarbonisation and resilience of the European economy

How economic and social actors can champion CO2 phase-out

A joint session on 'How economic and social actors can champion CO2 phase-out' was organized at the European Sustainable Energy Week 2017. It featured contributions from Paul Ekins, Lars J. Nilsson and Jürgen Kropp, coordinators of INNOPATHS, REINVENT and EUCALC respectively. The session's discussions have identified the role of economic and social actors in CO2 phase-out, highlighting the importance of thoroughly understanding the innovation needs to address challenges of decarbonisation. 

The three Horizon 2020 projects INNOPATHS, REINVENT and EUCALC address the challenges of planning technological transition ahead of time and prioritising within and between different sectors in Europe. 

By acting in this way, they support stringent mitigation policies while taking into account the inertia in innovation systems and lock-in effects as well. They have been funded under the topic 'Pathways towards the decarbonisation and resilience of the European economy in the timeframe 2030-2050 and beyond'.

This collaboration on the decarbonisation of the EU economy is aimed at exchanging experiences while avoiding fragmentation and duplication of efforts. INNOPATHS, REINVENT and EUCALC collaborate in the communication and dissemination activities, joining efforts to stimulate science-to-policy discussions in support of policy making. This collaboration resulted in a joint participation at policy relevant events, such as the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017 and a side-event at the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn in November 2017.

Reaching the unreachable: the new frontiers of mining

In order to access the European mineral deposits and reserves in greater depths, the project has developed a sustainable robotics system for underwater mining. This clean and low visibility mining technique will enable to overcome the issue of mineral depletion and to open new mines with limited environmental impact, even where mineral deposits were traditionally unreachable. To achieve all this, ¡VAMOS! has engaged with stakeholders to reach environmentally-friendly as well as socially and economically advantageous solutions.



How to access raw materials within the EU in a sustainable and safe way? The Horizon 2020 project ¡VAMOS! (Viable Alternative Mine Operating System) seems to know the answer.


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