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.
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:
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:
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:
Fish bump into barriers almost every kilometre
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.
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.
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.
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.