European Commission memo brussels, 3 July 2013 The 2012 life+ projects Austria 4 projects

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European Commission


Brussels, 3 July 2013

The 2012 LIFE+ projects

Austria 4 projects (14.5 million)

LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 3.6 million)

LIFE-URBANLAKE (Stadt Wien – Magistratsabteilung 45 – Wiener Gewässer): This project intends to define strategies to reduce the vulnerability of the “Alte Donau” from effects of climate change and other anthropogenic pressures with the goal of securing the oxbow lake’s good environmental status and bathing water quality. The project will foster an integrated approach to lake management and risk management, based on an innovative, up-to-date and holistic view of the water resources and the environmental and socio-economic factors. Contact:

LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 5.7 million)

LIFE Ausseerland (Österreichische Bundesforste): The aim of the project is to improve the structural diversity of forests and the functioning of ecological corridors between the Natura 2000 network sites Styrian Dachsteinplateau and Totes Gebirge, on the one hand, and nearby mountainous areas on the other. This will be achieved through the development of ecologically diverse forest areas characterised by a significant amount of dead wood, restoration of peatland and wetland habitats and the creation of a “Grouse Habitat Network” for capercaillies and grouse in the project areas. Contact:

LIFE+ Biodiversity (1 project – 4.4 million)

LIFE Northern Bald Ibis (Förderverein Waldrappteam): The main objective of the project is the reintroduction of the northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita), a critically endangered species in Europe. To ensure this goal, actions will be taken to protect the species along its migration route. The project is based on a 10-year feasibility study that led to the establishment of a first small migratory breeding group. Contact:

LIFE+ Information and Communication (1 project – 0.8 million)

EKO-LIFE (Energieinstitut Vorarlberg): The project aims to reduce human-induced greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging citizens to change how they lead their everyday lives, particularly with regard to choices concerning mobility, food and consumption. Everyday scenarios will be developed to enable citizens to try out alternative ways of life. In order to raise awareness and encourage replication, individuals participating in the project will act as ‘Change Ambassadors’, sharing their experiences through their social networks. Contact:

Belgium 9 projects (40.8 million)

LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (2 projects – 13.0 million)

LIFE Polyphos Acid (PRAYON S.A.): The project will implement a new, energy efficient process for producing polyphosphoric acid that also enables the valorisation of waste streams. The proposed methodology replaces energy-intensive thermal treatment with a modified version of the so-called “wet process”, one that is more compact than the existing Best Available Technology. Expected results include a 54 % reduction in energy consumption, a 90 % reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and 57 % less waste produced. Relevant to Climate Change. Contact:

LIFE FLAT to FLAT (AGC Glass Europe S.A.): This project aims to develop and validate an innovative method for recycling and up-cycling glass and other waste materials in the production of flat glass. This will be achieved through an innovative grinding technology that allows the content of recycled materials of the final flat glass to be raised to 25 %, and the use of up to 55 % of glass cullet. This new technology will also enable the use of other waste material in flat glass manufacturing (e.g. glass fibre), including cullet that contains a thousand times more ceramics, stone, and porcelain (CSP). In increasing the percentage of secondary material used in the process, the project also expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 12 % and produce energy savings of 5 %. Relevant to Climate Change. Contact:

LIFE+ Nature (6 projects – 25.8 million)

Life - OZON (Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos): The project aims to connect areas of the Sonian Forest with high ecological value by constructing wildlife crossings (such as underpasses, viaducts and culverts) and erecting fences to impede the access of wild animals to roads and rail lines. It also aims to protect forest biodiversity through nature-friendly forest management (e.g. the restoration of forest edges along the Brussels ring and the creation of open areas) and by redirecting recreational activities to less sensitive areas. Contact:

LIFE Oostkustpolders (Natuurpunt Beheer vzw): The main objective of this project is the large-scale restoration of typical grassland habitats in the polders of the Belgian east coast region. As well as improving the quality and quantity of salt meadows and saline habitats, the beneficiary will also carry out measures that favour the breeding and wintering species of grassland birds. Contact:

LIFE Grote NeteWoud (Natuurpunt Beheer vzw): The ‘Grote Nete’ is a lowland river system that is well suited for conversion into a vast woodland that offers a suitable habitat for a number of protected species, including the otter, black stork and European beaver. The main focus of this project – encompassing a surface area of 1 700 ha - is the large-scale restoration, development and sustainable management of alluvial forest (90 %), notably by natural forestation, and of small pockets of the most valuable open habitats (10 %). Contact:

LIFE+SCALLUVIA (Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos): The main target is the integrated development and layout of a sub-area of Kruibeke-Bazel-Rupelmonde (90 ha) as a high quality nature area with habitats and species with a good conservation status, taking into account the site’s function as a flood area and a recreational zone. Contact:

Life FLANDRE (Agency of Nature and Forests of the Flemish Government): The project aims at a qualitative consolidation of the Natura 2000 network in France and Belgium by restoring typical dune habitats and conserving associated species. Methods used will include land purchase, management planning, nature restoration and raising public awareness. Close cross-border cooperation between the two countries will be key to the success of the project. Contact:

Life Together (Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos): The project’s main objective is the restoration of habitats and the creation of ecological infrastructure in the Valleigebied van de Kleine Nete Natura 2000 network site. Conservation measures will focus on dunes, wet heathland and grassland habitats and associated species, in particular the smooth snake. Contact:

LIFE+ Information and Communication (1 project – 2.0 million)

LIFE EWWR+ (Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management): Building on the previous European Week for Waste Reduction (2009-2011), the project will build on the lessons learned from the first campaign and focus on expanding awareness, reinforcing and deepening understanding of waste prevention, preparing for reuse and recycling, and broadening outreach activities. To mobilise citizens and reinforce awareness and actions on key waste issues, the project will organise annual events based around specific themes (such as ‘no food waste’) and trial an official annual European ‘Clean-Up Day’. Contact:

Bulgaria 5 projects (10.8 million)

LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 4.3 million)

LIFE Eco-HeatOx (Trakya Glass Bulgaria EAD): Oxy-combustion technology could significantly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the glass industry; however, it is currently only economically feasible for large-scale production. The project will adapt and implement the technology at a tableware glass industrial furnace, demonstrating the potential of oxy-combustion for small and medium-sized producers. They expect to cut energy use by 23 % and reduce the GHG emissions linked to tableware glass production (CO2 by 23 % and NOX by 90 %). Relevant to Climate Change. Contact:

LIFE+ Nature (3 projects – 6.2 million)

LIFE for safe grid (EVN Bulgaria Elektrorazpredelenie AD): The objective of the project is to reduce the incidence of imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca) mortality caused by electrocution or collision with electric power lines in their most important Bulgarian Natura 2000 network sites. The long-term objective is to ensure an increase in Bulgaria’s imperial eagle population. Contact:

LIFE FREE FISH (WWF- Worldwide Fund for Nature Danube - Carpathian programme Bulgaria): The project aims to improve the conservation status of six small fresh water fish species and one mollusc listed in Annex II of the EU Habitats Directive in selected Natura 2000 network sites of the Bulgarian Danube river basin. Contact:

LIFE for Eagle's Forest (Executive Forest Agency): The overall objective of this project is to contribute to long-term preservation of the globally threatened lesser spotted eagle (Aquila pomarina) by securing the protection and sustainable management of the forest habitats crucial for its existence in Bulgaria. Contact:

LIFE+ Information and Communication (1 project – 0.3 million)

SusHerb LIFE 2012 (The Information and Nature Conservation Foundation): The project addresses the commercial over-exploitation of wild populations of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) in Bulgaria. The project will implement a series of integrated communication and training actions that build awareness of conservation and sustainable use of MAPs across the whole supply chain. Contact:

Cyprus 3 projects (4.1 million)

LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (2 projects – 3.4 million)

LIFE LIVE-WASTE (Cyprus University of Technology): This project’s objectives are to develop, demonstrate and evaluate an integrated system for treatment of livestock waste that involves several advanced integrated processes. This system will recover materials and energy from livestock waste and produce reusable effluent, whilst lowering greenhouse gas emissions and odours. Contact:

LIFE+ SmartPV (University of Cyprus - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering): The SmartPV project aims to help point the way towards a more economically and environmentally sustainable electricity grid in Cyprus and Europe whereby cost-optimum penetration of photovoltaic technology in the energy mix will contribute to the reduction of air polluting emissions. Energy efficiency savings and positive effects in green sustainable growth (e.g. employment in eco-industry) are other forecast benefits. Relevant to Climate Change. Contact:

LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 0.8 million)

LIFE-RIZOELIA (Department of Forests): The primary aim of this project is to promote and enable the long-term conservation in Cyprus of two protected habitats: arborescent matorral with Zyziphus (*5220) and gypsum steppes (*1520). It will do so by halting or significantly reducing the natural and anthropogenic pressures and threats that contribute to their long-term degradation. Contact:

Czech Republic 1 project (0.6 million)

LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 0.6 million)

LIFE Beskydy (ČSOP Salamandr): Nardus grasslands cover a surface of some 648 ha in the Beskydy Natura 2000 site, thus representing the third largest area of this habitat type in the Czech Republic. This project aims to improve its conservation status, including putting in place long-term management measures. Contact:

Denmark 3 projects (10.8 million)

LIFE+ Nature (3 projects – 10.8 million)

LIFE WETHAB (Ministry of the Environment - Nature Agency Vendsyssel): The overall objective of the project is to bring habitats in the Danish Natura 2000 network sites Jerup Hede and Råbjerg og Tolshave Mose to a “favourable” conservation status. The project will restore and enlarge areas of these habitats, which include active raised bogs. The project will deal with all identified threats and the emphasis is on the “after LIFE situation”, hence the project’s focus on the development of a sustainable management set-up. Contact: /

REDCOHA-LIFE (Danish Nature Agency): The overall objective of the project is to improve the conservation status of coastal dune habitats in 15 Danish Natura 2000 network sites, and significantly reduce the threats against plant species. Measures will include removing plantation forest from the fixed dunes and eliminating invasive alien plant species, as well as improving hydrological conditions. Contact:

LIFE: Eastern Bogs (Guldborgsund Kommune): The project targets the restoration and expansion of raised bogs in eastern Denmark, where this wet terrestrial habitat type is in an “unfavourable” conservation status. The project also targets management of the dragonfly Leucorrhinia pectoralis as well as other habitat types (notably alkaline fens and calcareous fens) connected to the core habitat type. Contact:

Estonia 2 projects (1.7 million)

LIFE+ Nature (2 projects – 1.7 million)

LIFE Springday (Eesti Loodushoiu Keskus MTÜ): This project aims to prevent the degradation of petrifying spring habitats in Estonia. The project actions will also improve the conservation status of many rare and endangered species and habitats dependent upon the petrifying springs. Actions will focus on 23 Natura 2000 sites in Estonia. Contact:

LIFE HAPPYRIVER (Eesti Loodushoiu Keskus MTÜ): The project’s main objectives are to restore the bed of the Laeva River and its alluvial meadows in the Alam-Pedja Natura 2000 site. This will also entail managing its habitats and species, in particular endangered fish and birds. Contact:

Finland 6 projects (17.8 million)

LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (4 projects – 12.1 million)

LIFE+ UPACMIC (Ramboll Finland Oy): The project aims to demonstrate that there is a technically and environmentally feasible alternative for remediating mine sites through the chemical and physical stabilisation of waste materials, which can be transformed into valuable sealing layer materials. This will also avoid soil and water pollution and related health problems. Contact:

LIFE MONIMET (Ilmatieteen laitos): The LIFE MONIMET project aims to implement a new approach to in-situ monitoring and mapping of climate change indicators that have an influence on the mitigation potential and vulnerability estimates of boreal forests and peatlands. Relevant to Climate Change. Contact:

LIFE+ 2012 N-SINK (Lammin biologinen asema): This project aims to demonstrate wastewater treatment processes for nitrogen removal in order to reduce eutrophication of the Baltic Sea. In particular, it will demonstrate an innovative sediment filtration process for the reduction of the nitrogen load when wastewater nitrogen is released in the form of nitrate. The primary goal of the project is to demonstrate this new approach to enhancing nitrogen removal from wastewater, helping the denitrification process by using the natural ecosystem service provided by the sediment. Contact:

LIFEPeatLandUse (The Finnish Forest Research Institute - Metla): The main objective of this project is to quantify and evaluate ecosystem services to assist land use planners and policy-makers in making ecologically, economically and socio-culturally sustainable land use decisions. This will be done by developing and demonstrating a decision-support system that aggregates environmental and financial data to identify cost-efficient land use options, thereby safeguarding benefits from ecosystem services. Contact:

LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 5.3 million)

LIFE Saimaa Seal (Metsähallitus): The goal of this project is to help improve the conservation status of the Saimaa ringed seal by reducing risks, in particular, those related to fishing, human-induced disturbance and climate change. Results of the project will be used to update the seal conservation strategy and related regulations. Contact:

LIFE+ Information and Communication (1 project – 0.4 million)

LIFE+ CrayMate (University of Eastern Finland): The aim of the project is to increase awareness amongst the general public and interest groups of the importance of native crayfish stocks to biodiversity and aquatic ecosystems. A campaign will be launched to highlight the main threats to native crayfish stocks in Finland. Contact:

France 14 projects (37.2 million)

LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (10 projects – 26.6 million)

LIFE HEART (TERREAL): The project will demonstrate the feasibility of a thermal recovery system for the clay and roof tile industry that combines a low temperature and corrosion resistant heat exchanger (for the kiln fumes) and an industrial ammonia heat pump (for the dryer fumes) in one clay factory. The recovered heat will pre-heat the air inflow into the dryer. The water condensed by the heat pump will be reused to moisturise clay for shaping the products, replacing the raw water that is normally used for this. The kiln fumes heat exchanger will remove volatile pollutants (fluorine, sulphur, chlorine) by producing acid condensates that will be neutralised. Relevant to Climate Change. Contact:

LIFE BIBAT (Commissariat à l’Energie atomique et aux Energies Alternatives): This project aims to validate a pilot line with a new generation of ecological Li-ion batteries based on the concept of bipolar design. The target of the BiBAT project is to tackle energy needs and resource depletion issues in the framework of Li-ion battery manufacturing. Contact:

LIFE AUTO (RHODIA OPERATIONS S.A.S): LIFE AUTO will demonstrate the feasibility of an environmentally-friendly system that will replace the current diesel fuel filter, additive tank, dosing pump and electronic controller unit. It will improve fuel efficiency by developing new fuel additives to overcome biofuel issues such as clogging of key elements of the engine and will reduce diesel engine emissions by increasing the efficiency and durability of the most advanced exhaust after-treatment technologies (DPF).


LIFE Carbon dairy (Institut de l'Elevage): The objective of this project is to promote an approach that will lead to a 20 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the dairy sector over 10 years. To achieve this goal, the project will develop tools aimed at farmers and technical advisers for assessing their carbon impact and greenhouse gas emissions. It will also highlight means of preserving carbon stored in soils, promote innovative livestock farming systems and associated practices, and develop a climate roadmap for milk production with carbon action plans adapted to each production system. Relevant to Climate Change. Contact:

LIFE-PHYTOBARRE (Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives - Cellular Biology Laboratory): This project aims to demonstrate at three sites a biological process to metabolise phytosanitary molecules, based on the use of bacteria selected in the laboratory. The goal is to prove the efficiency and ease of use of the process for different crops, geographical locations, climates and types of phytosanitary products. Contact:

LIFE BIONOBO (L’Eau Pure SAS): This project aims to develop an enhanced bio-treatment process with best-in-class performance and lifecycle costs so as to increase and expand the use of biogas and landfill gas. The project focuses on the pre-treatment of biogas for injection in engines. The BIONOBO process will be 100 % biological (with no chemical additives), highly effective for H2S and siloxane removal and adaptable to all types of biogas. Contact:

LifeCiP (Création Développement des Eco-Entreprises): The general objective of the project is to help Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in France, Belgium, Portugal and Spain to enhance resource efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts of their products and services in three sectors: building/construction, energy equipment and waste management. This will be done through the application of lifecycle approaches, including lifecycle assessment, ecodesign and environmental labelling. Contact:

LIFE+ Urbannecy (Cluster Logistique Rhône-Alpes): The goal of this project is to demonstrate an integrated and innovative approach to urban logistics, implying cooperation amongst the actors involved, use of new distribution schemes and implementation of a number of measures (regulatory, organisational, operational and technological). This is expected to effectively contribute to reducing the negative effects of current logistics processes on the urban environment. Contact:

Life+-PêcheAPiedeLoisir (Agence des Aires Marines Protégées): This project will build a network of diversified and complementary partners in 11 pilot areas to try out transferable methods of sustainable management in recreational fishing from the shore. Contact:

LIFE-PHOSTER (Arcelor Mittal Maizières Research S.A.): This project aims to support the further expansion of solar energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the manufacture of solar panels whilst increasing recyclability. It will build a prototype of a new, universal eco-designed roofing envelope, including flexible thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules, using steel as a substrate and related innovative and optimised manufacturing processes (e.g. roll-to-roll manufacturing). Relevant to Climate Change. Contact:

LIFE+ Nature (2 projects – 5.8 million)

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