PLANHEAT's main objective is to develop and validate in real case scenarios an integrated and easy-to-use tool which will support local authorities in selecting, simulating and comparing alternative low carbon and economically sustainable scenarios for heating and cooling.
The PLANHEAT integrated tool will be designed to support local authorities in:
- Mapping the potential of locally available low-carbon energy sources
- Mapping the forecasted demand for heating and cooling
- Defining and simulating alternative environmentally friendly scenarios
- Understanding the interactions of these new scenarios with the existing infrastructures and networks
- Identifying potential for further extension and upgrade of district heating and cooling networks
- Evaluating the benefits in terms of energetic, economic and environmental gains.
The project team includes a wide range of research institutes, universities, companies and international organisations from 8 EU countries. Three cities are also part of the team and will support the consortium in the design and validation of the PLANHEAT integrated tool, making up an interesting mix of different climate conditions, availability of input data as well as representing different development stages in the planning and development of the next generation heating and cooling system.
INNO-4-AGRIFOOD is set on fostering and stimulating online collaboration for innovation amongst the more than 11 million SMEs active within the European Agri-food ecosystem. To this end, the project will enhance the service portfolio and practices of innovation intermediaries and SME support networks across Europe by providing them with a well-tailored blend of demand-driven value propositions, including:
- A new generation of value added innovation support services aimed at empowering their agri-food SME clients to create and capture value from online collaboration for innovation, access a broader range of suitable innovation partners across sectoral and national borders and timely mobilise them in order to seize opportunities for animating innovation projects.
- A suite of smart and platform-independent ICT tools to support and optimise the delivery of the novel online collaboration for innovation support services, enabling them to take full advantage of the multiple online collaboration and innovation platforms that currently host smaller or larger parts of the Agri-food ecosystem.
- A series of easy-to-follow and flexible e-training courses, conveniently available via a highly interactive e-learning environment, that will equip them with the knowledge and skills required to successfully deliver the innovation support services of INNO-4-AGRIFOOD.
START2ACT aims to reduce residential energy consumption in the EU via changing the behaviour of consumers in their everyday lives by approaching them at their workplace. With a focus on European start-ups and young SMEs, the project aims at triggering action by young entrepreneurs and their emerging enterprises as well as by the owners and staff of young SMEs to introduce energy efficiency measures within their daily routines. Even though each start-up and SME consumes relatively small energy amounts, the collective environmental impact of 20 million SMEs in the EU is massive, contributing to 64% of environmental impact. Active engagement of start-ups and young SMEs is essential in order to reach the 20-20-20 EU goals and there is market potential for almost all enterprises to cost effectively reduce their energy consumption. START2ACT will unleash the potential of energy savings at European start-ups and young SMEs via a set of innovative educational and capacity building measures. A key area of intervention to increase energy efficiency through behavioural change is office equipment, the fastest growing energy user in the business world, consuming 15% of the total electricity used in offices, which is expected to rise to 30% by 2020.
The new BILAT USA 4.0 project continues activities started by the predecessor project BILAT USA 2.0 with the overall aim to enhance, support and further develop the research and innovation cooperation between the European Union and the United States of America.
A particular focus of the project activities will be put among others on an intensification of interactions between EU and US researchers and innovators, the support for the improvement of research and innovation framework conditions, the provision of analyses delivering a sound base for decision making and an enhanced coordination and synergies between different EU MS/AC and US policies and programmes.
BILAT USA 4.0 has 16 partners, six from the USA and ten from Europe. They represent a well-balanced mix of competencies, expertise and access to relevant stakeholder networks across the EU and USA. Partners are national funding organisations, research management agencies, multipliers, think tanks, research institutions and research and innovation consultancies.
Sustainable bioenergy production and use in the EU should be further developed in order to support Member States (MS) achieving 20-20-20 targets and foster rural development as set out in EIP AGRI. FORBIO will demonstrate the viability of using land in MSs for non-food bioenergy feedstock production without interfering with the production of food or feed, nor with land currently used for recreational and/or conservational purposes. Competition with other uses of the land is only one component of the sustainability of bioenergy and a number of cross-cutting environmental, social and economic aspects may present challenges to the extended deployment of these value chains, while assuring that biofuel sustainability standards are met. FORBIO will develop a methodology to assess bioenergy production potential on available underutilised lands in Europe (contaminated, abandoned, fallow land, etc.) at national and local level. In addition, in this context the project will provide multiple feasibility studies in selected case study locations in three countries that that aim to set the basis for building up local bioenergy value chains that meet the highest sustainability standards and improve efficiency and sustainability of those already available in the case study sites through the provision of roadmaps for bioenergy development.
The FISSAC project will develop and demonstrate a new paradigm built on an innovative industrial symbiosis model towards a zero waste approach in the resource intensive industries of the construction value chain, tackling harmonized technological and non technological requirements, leading to material closed-loop processes and moving to a circular economy.
Within the project duration a novel methodology and a new software platform will be developed in order to implement the innovative industrial symbiosis model in a feasible scenario of industrial symbiosis synergies between industries (steel, aluminium, natural stone, chemical and demolition and construction sectors) and stakeholders in the extended construction value chain. It will guide how to overcome technical barriers and non technical barriers, as well as standardisation concerns to implement and replicate industrial symbiosis in a local/regional dimension. The ambition of the model will be to be replicated in other regions and other value chains symbiosis scenarios. The model will be applied based on the three sustainability pillars. FISSAC will demonstrate the applicability of the model as well as the effectiveness of the innovative processes, services and products at the different levels of manufacturing processes and product validation.
IMPRESS will develop three different prefabricated panels for buildings: (i) a polyurethane based insulated panel with improved thermal performance and light radiation and (ii) a thin, lightweight pre-cast concrete sandwich panel, with optimum thermal and weathering resistance, both of which are suitable for overcladding; (iii) a lightweight pre-cast concrete sandwich panel incorporating Phase Change Materials (PCM) to adapt the thermo-physical properties of the building envelope and enable optimum passive heating and cooling benefits, suitable for recladding. Innovative nano/micro particle based coatings, suitable for 3D printing, will be also developed to achieve anti-corrosion resistance, high mechanical strength, improved solar reflectance, improved ageing resistance and anti-vandalism properties.
MY-WAY aims at enhancing and improving the collaboration and efforts of web entrepreneurship initiatives (hubs, projects, accelerator networks, contests, etc.), web/business experts (accelerators, mentors, etc.), educational actors (business teachers and trainers) and the young adults as the final beneficiaries (through student networks, their alumni and student entrepreneurship centres, the student support centres). This coordination will create synergies and find ways to embed flexible services based on the existing best practices to be sustained by the student support centres in any European country at low cost.
Concrete is the most widely used man-made material on Earth, with an annual consumption of around 10 billion m3. However, its fabrication is characterized by total CO2 emissions amounting to around 5% of the worldwide anthropogenic GHG emissions. More sustainable cements with lower embodied energy and CO2 footprint are needed. The ECO-binder project aims to implement industrial R&D activities on the results of previous research, demonstrating the possibility of replacing Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and OPC based concrete products with new ones based on the new Belite-Ye'elimite-Ferrite (BYF) class of low-CO2 binders to develop a new generation of concrete-based construction materials and prefabricated building envelope components with more than 30% lower embodied energy, 20% improved insulation properties and 15% lower cost than the actual solutions based on Portland cement.
The main objective of the project is to develop solutions to recover the waste heat produced in energetic intensive processes of industrial sectors such as cement, glass, steelmaking and petrochemical and transform it into useful energy. These solutions will be designed after an evaluation of the energetic situation of these four industries and will deal with the development of Waste Heat Recovery Systems (WHRS) based on the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology. This technology is able to recover and transform the thermal energy of the flue gases of EII into electric power for internal or external use. Furthermore, a WHRS will be developed and tested to recover and transform the thermal energy of the flue gases of EII into mechanical energy for internal use (compressors). In order to reach this objective several challenging innovative aspects will have to be approached by the consortium. It is planned to design and develop a multisectorial direct heat exchanger to transfer heat directly from the flue gases to the organic fluid of the ORC system and to develop new heat conductor and anticorrosive materials to be used in parts of the heat exchanger in contact with the flue gases. These aspects will be completed by the design and modelling of a new integrated monitoring and control system for the addressed sectors.
The LIFEinFORESTS project aims at improving the conservation status of the Natura 2000 forest sites in Hungary, by identifying, developing and implementing a set of tools that support skills development, active communication and cooperation of the key stakeholders in the management and conservation of Natura 2000 forests.
It is coordinated by WWF Hungary, with the participation of Bukk National Park Directorate, Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate, Europa Media Non-Profit Ltd., Kiskunsag National Park Directorate, National Association of Private Forest Owners and Forest Managers, Hungarian Forestry Association and Pilisi Parkerdő Zrt.
PlasCarb (Innovative plasma based transformation of food waste into high value graphitic carbon and renewable hydrogen)
140 million tonnes of food and plant waste are produced annually in Europe. PlasCarb aims to transform this into a sustainable source of significant economic added value, i.e. high value graphitic carbon and renewable hydrogen. The vast majority of hydrogen and carbon used today in industry are derived from fossil petroleum sources, the majority of which are imported into the EU from regions which are often politically unstable or competitive. PlasCarb will extend beyond current Best Available Techniques (BAT) in the valorisation of food waste of anaerobic digestion (AD) in order to generate renewable energy.
Research has many of the answers to prevent and control animal diseases, either through the understanding of their spread (epidemiology) or through better diagnostics for disease detection and surveillance. Both the European Union (EU) and China are two major worldwide players in animal health research. With dozens of institutions working on livestock health, the cross-border coordination and networking of research becomes a top priority to avoid duplication, while maximizing efforts by bringing together new ideas, expertise, technologies and funds.
LinkTADs brings together world-class research institutes and experts in cross-border cooperation with the aim to coordinate research between the EU and China, thus improving scientific excellence in animal health (epidemiology and laboratory).
FASUDIR will provide an Integrated Decision Support Tool (IDST) based on a new methodology supported by a software tool that will help decision makers to select the best energy retrofitting strategy to increase the sustainability of the whole district. FASUDIRs IDST will incorporate key actors and relevant networks at the district scale and the entire value chain, and will ensure that new technologies for energy and resource efficient retrofitting are incorporated, especially those emerging from SMEs. FASUDIR takes advantage of the economies of scales and the variety of stakeholders when scaling up to the district, giving more opportunities for the development of new business and financial models with high impact in the economy. The developed methodology and software tool will be validated in three diverse urban areas, including a variety of historical periods.
Waste2Go will develop technologies to locally improve waste management and increase value (social, economic and environmental). To achieve this, the project will extend beyond the state-of-the-art in enzyme based technologies for fine-tuned biomass processing and combine them with intelligent techniques for MSW fractionation and downstream processing. It will unlock economic value from MSW and reduce its serious environmental impacts.
The project will develop MSW as a sustainable source of raw materials for the chemical industry, displacing fossil sources. It will adapt a cascade approach to maximise value, advancing beyond current approaches to bio-refining which employ crop-derived feedstocks. It will reduce the environmental burden of MSW, transforming the biogenic component into an economically viable and sustainable raw material. It will use leading bio-technology methods and adapt a full life cycle approach to the project’s R&D and exploitation strategies. It will enable the results to be scaled up and implemented on a decentralised basis across Europe, responsive to local cultural and legislative approaches to waste management. This work will actively engage with existing EU initiatives in both waste management and bio-refining; building on and not conflicting with prior research and patented results.
Health-2-Market is a 3-year long project funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission. It aims at providing Health researchers with the necessary knowledge and skills for more viable IPR management as well as market exploitation of their results through setting up of new business ventures in health/life science sectors or in a more broad sense through their more active involvement in interdisciplinary cooperation actions.
The AIDA project aims to accelerate the market entry of nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEB). This means energy efficient buildings and the use of renewable energy sources. Currently, there is a lack of intense actions to spread knowledge about NZEB. It is evident, that citizens will be better prepared and more willing to adopt NZEB, if their municipality sets an example thus giving them direct access to and experience of NZEB. Raising awareness towards NZEB among local authorities and building planners becomes a key factor. the target group of this proposal are primarily municipal representatives as market multipliers on the demand side, and also architects and master-builders on the supply side. AIDA offers action tailored to suit each of these groups including study tours, operational success stories, presentation of existing tools, active support for municipalities and close cooperation with key actors. The core objective of AIDA is a widespread market adoption of NZEB, reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, which are important factors to reach the 2020 targets.
AIDA objectives will be achieved by an active involvement of key actors: Associations of municipalities and architects. AIDA has a notable benefit for the target group and contributes to EU’s 2020 targets significantly in enabling a sustainable future.
INDIA - SI-HOUSE
The project will provide the EC with a feasibility study of the opening of an EU-India STI House aimed at boosting the STI collaboration in a sustainable manner. The specific aims are to explore EU-In STI House project's partners, and beyond when possible: 1/ the political commitment; 2/ the legal frameworks; 3/ the scientific priorities. The results will be synthesized in a Forward Look that will provide recommendations.
(ILN) will provide an integrated forum to support the dialogue among the main stakeholders involved in the FP7 INCO activities and initiatives. The overall objective is to create a cross feeding mechanism that allows information exchange inside the FP7 INCO community as a whole. The ILN support service aims to: allow the exchange of experiences, align cooperation project s on common methodologies, draft useful conclusions and recommendations.
The main goal of the project is to innovatively implement ICT-based learning materials, remote experiments, and e-didactic methods into formal and non-formal lifelong learning settings. It will enhance and modernize science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula, foster student creativity and motivation, and develop professional skills and insights about the impact of evolving technologies.
The massive production of tyres and the difficulties in disposing of them after use has been one of the most serious environmental problems worldwide in recent years. The EKOPAN project is seeking to address the existing problems by re-using tyres in the manufacture of an ordinary construction element like roadway noise barriers. This project is in line with the principles laid down in the current European Parliament Directive (Directive 2006/12/EC) on waste, in which the upcycling and use of waste as raw materials are encouraged in order to preserve natural resources. Specifically, the EKOPAN project is setting out to fill the gap between the development of the acoustic panel and the mass production and marketing phase. Thus, it is focussing on optimizing the manufacturing process on an industrial scale, validating the mechanical and acoustic properties, and conducting a market study that will facilitate the penetration of the new product.
This project aims to identify existing EO-data providers and users in the wider Balkan region, to determine their status, potentials and needs, and to coordinate EO players by establishing proper interfaces and networking between them. A broad analysis of gaps and complementarities of EO activities within the region will be performed, with the emphasis on user needs in the specific context of the Balkan region.
ECOWILL aims to increase the number of eco-driving training programmes in Europe by encouraging the integration of eco-driving into the B category driving education/exam systems and by implementing short duration training sessions, and with e-learning solutions for drivers of passenger car and van/light commercial vehicles (LCV). Throughout the project, short duration eco-driving training programs for licensed drivers will be conducted in 13 European countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands and United Kingdom).
ICT-VentureGate is an FP7 project that aims to facilitate financing of attractive ICT SMEs, which have participated in the Sixth and/or Seventh Framework Programmes and are seeking sources of venture capital to commercialise the results of their R&D activities It is working on the creation of innovative solutions to enable efficient interactions between SMEs in the Framework’s ICT projects and innovation investors, such as business angels and venture capital investors.
These activities are coordinated and synergistic with the complementary activities of the ICT-Finance MarketPlace cluster.
GEOCOM, Geothermal Communities, is an ongoing project that emphasizes and will demonstrate the best available technologies in the use of geothermal energy in combination with innovative energy-efficient measures. In addition, other renewable energy sources will be integrated into the three different pilot sites based in Hungary, Italy, and Slovakia. Research will also be conducted along with the demonstration component to highlight possibilities to make geothermal projects more cost-efficient and technologically sound. Further, cities currently utilizing geothermal systems in Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Serbia will be involved to further advance or develop their systems.
ImpactMin will develop new methods and a corresponding toolset for the environmental impact monitoring of mining operations using Earth Observations. Cutting-edge technology will be proposed for the combined use of satellite remote sensing, aerial lightweight measurements and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The proposed methods will be validated at four demonstration sites corresponding to different scales and scope. The theoretical advancement in science and technology will be made public knowledge with the help of a free multimedia interactive e-learning programme while the tools and foreground knowledge generated by the project will be commercialised by the involved Small and Medium sized companies (SMEs).
DIBANET, Development of Integrated Biomass Approaches Network, is a project seeking to decrease the EU’s dependency on importing diesel fuels and waste by constructing novel technologies to produce sustainable diesel miscible biofuels (DMBs). As a means to paving the way for large-scale, sustainable biofuel production by 2020 with minimal land use impacts and while addressing the increasing organic waste levels, DIBANET builds off the knowledge a global network of experts and researchers from the EU and South America.
The overall objective of the ClimateWater project is to study European and international adaptation measures and strategies related to climate change impacts and how these are taken into account in water policies. The project is formulating a coherent framework on adaptation strategies of climate change impacts on water resources, water cycling and water uses of the society and nature with special regard to those that water policy has to take into account when considering climate change impacts.
The aim of this project is to answer the current major questions in sandwich panel construction and to develop technical guidelines ready for implementation. The second goal of the project is to implement the new information in the use in practice, which will be carried out through seminars and practical guidelines as well as e-learning modules.
The overall objective of the EUINEC project is to improve the S&T cooperation between Europe and India by establishing the EU-India Research Co-op based on a multifunctional portal allowing for the exchange of information and partner search, serve as the base for the practical and user-orientated training package and be the frame for policy development and the identification of areas of cooperation. EUINEC especially aims to increase awareness among Indian stakeholders about the EU, research priorities, cooperation and funding opportunities as well as to increase awareness among EU stakeholders about India and cooperation opportunities.
The FP7 project, CEUBIOM, focuses on assessing and optimising the availability of biomass resources. Earth Observation techniques are being employed to identify and estimate the potential of biomass production for specific areas. The data derived from this tool, along with in-situ measurements based on common agricultural and forestry survey practices offer great potential for determining biomass production. Within the project, a harmonized methodology will be proposed for assessing the land use/coverage and forest types, above-ground biomass, carbon content.
RESBOAT was a unique project held aboard a boat travelling on the Danube to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable energy use, specifically focusing upon the Central-Eastern and Southern European regions. The main objective was to promote the results of projects concerned with renewable energy sources. Projects from FP7, FP6, FP5, IEE, ALTERNER II, SAVE II, and national programmes were advertised, along with a strong component of networking and engagement between international actors.
Concerto AL Piano
The Concerto AL Piano project under the EU’s FP6 can be regarded as an urban pilot project at the neighbourhood level. Activities include the development of an eco-village, eco-refurbishments, and a variety of other constructions and related measures. Multiple, energy efficient techniques and innovative instruments were utilized in the project.
FLEAT, Fleet Environmental Action and Assessment, is a project seeking to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions of captive fleets by implementing integrated measures on energy efficient vehicles, the energy efficient use of vehicles and fleets. Building knowledge on the instruments, measures, and tools to promote energy efficiency will be demonstrated through several pilot actions.
The TRAINASA International Research Training Programme worked on strengthening the research potential of young natural scientists from the Albanian Academy of Sciences. To overcome significant barriers to participating in European research, factors identified from within the Academy and at the national level were noted and three main capacity building activities undertaken to remedy this. Training opportunities and events were arranged to engage young researchers into ongoing EU projects and better familiarize them with the structure of the programme.
PELLETS@LAS is an Intelligent Energy Europe project that promotes transparency on the European fuel pellets market. To facilitate pellet trade and remove market barriers, the project developed a public database to counter information gaps and also local supply bottlenecks, production surpluses, and quality assurances. The detailed market data should offer actors involved an opportunity to understand the market and further advance it.
EUBUSINESS for IT SMEs
The overall aim of the project was to develop and implement a specialised e-training programme on European-level business development for SME managers working in the Information Technology sector. The training programme and the complementary e-mentoring service motivates SMEs from the IT sector to seek possibilities for trans-European business development and a more intensive participation in European and international tenders, projects and joint initiatives.
INDIA GATE is an ACCESS4EU project. These projects aim to increase awareness among researchers in the EU Member States and Associated Countries of opportunities in research and/or innovation programmes managed by Third Countries with an S&T agreement. The INDIA GATE project will identify Indian research and innovation funding programmes, the obstacles that inhibit EU researchers and organizations from taking part in the identified opportunities and make the information available in a userfriendly manner to stimulate, encourage and facilitate participation.
The particular project aimed at promoting the concept and practice of urban sustainable development through training local authorities' officers and policy makers of the New Member States on basic environmental issues, thus, encouraging them to get involved and create their own Local Action Plans. It achieved its aim by creating a Training e-Tool, which includes information, examples and case studies on the priority themes set in the "Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Towards a Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment" [COM(2004)60].
The ASTECH project was designed to support industrial manufacturers and engineering companies of heating and cooling systems in their development by introducing more renewable energy sources into their technology. The goal was to setup technology resource centres in Europe as a bridge connecting technology providers with technology users.
The AquaREC project introduced integrated concepts for the reuse of upgraded wastewater. The general objective was to provide knowledge for a rational wastewater strategy as a major component of sustainable water management practices. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the project defined assessment criteria about the appropriateness of wastewater reuse concepts in Europe.
The Biofuel Marketplace project was created in order to provide an interactive web-based forum where Europe’s biofuel stakeholders can promote their technologies, exchange ideas, sell and buy biofuel products, disseminate results of national, international and European research activities and raise awareness to the public and the professional community. The on-line supply and demand information system is expected to encourage the further exploitation of the EU biofuels potential and also provide help to reduce European dependency on conventional fuels.
The project, “Energy 4 Cohesion,” prepared a knowledge base for the implementation of Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) actions in less developed rural regions of Europe. The project articulated which RE actions are relevant for receiving financial support with Structural and Cohesion Funds during the 2007-2013 period. The project demonstrated best practice in eight selected target regions through the design of comprehensive Master Plans. The aim was to facilitate the implementation of RE actions in the selected regions by identifying the best funding mechanisms and suitable cooperation schemes.
The SME-ENVIRONMENT project was established to offer an innovative and flexible training tool for environmental SMEs from the New Member States and Candidate Countries. The objective was to encourage and assist their participation in the 6th and 7th framework programmes through web-based services after assessing their specific needs.
AquaStress was an EU-funded, integrated project under FP6. The aim was to mitigate water stress issues by delivering interdisciplinary methodologies enabling actors at different levels and stages of the planning process to get involved. Covering the technological, management, policy, socio-economic, and environmental domains, AquaStress presented new integrated water management tools and decision-making practices.
The Building Accessible Services project addressed the accessibility of the built environment for disabled people, especially highlighting the need to in workplaces. The goal of the project was to raise public awareness, influence decision makers, provide training on new methodologies of assessment, and to provide basic knowledge to enhance the education of professionals through the publication of the Orange Book, a collection of case studies by the project partners.
The Szigetkoz project developed an innovative Decision Support Tool for the sustainable water and land use management planning and flow supplementation of the Hungarian-Slovakian Trans-boundary Danube Wetland Area.
The ECO-PCCM project introduced a new class of eco-friendly and cost-effective polymer composite construction material. The project addresses the combination of European and Balkan scientific and engineering expertise in natural fibre composites, innovative house-component design and construction of low cost – low energy building composites and waste-recycling processes to develop a new generation of housing systems that are environmentally friendly, economically viable and socially desirable. For the development and production of eco-friendly composite products, computer aided material design approach will be applied.
The project's general objective is to directly support SME participation in FP6 by means of new, innovative and highly cost-efficient supporting tools. The project will target SMEs from all ACCs focusing on all sectors; although IT, biotechnology, energy and environmental sectors may be preferentially treated together with SMEs lead by women managers. In order to promote their participation in FP6, innovative e-consultancy services will be established that will directly assist SMEs in FP6 project development and proposal writing (i.e. financial, project management, legal and IPR issues).
The Enefmun project, fully titled “Training of Local Authorities Experts on the Identification, Development and Implementation of Energy Efficiency Projects in Municipalities,” was a SAVE project aimed at accelerating energy efficiency market formation activities. The goal was to implement measures for the Rational Use of Energy (RUE) and Energy Efficiency in various municipalities, mainly in NAS as well as several participating EU Member States, through the relevant training of municipal energy managers. The focus of a technical training was upon municipal lighting, public buildings, and district cooling/heating systems; another training covered the demand-side management and least-cost planning for developing business plans in energy efficient projects. Enefum also established a network of selected municipalities linked with national and/or regional energy centers as partners for transferring value added information about policy reforms, financing and energy management.
The Balaton Project aimed to develop an action programme based on an innovative and integrated Decision Support System to promote sustainable tourism, regional development and management in in the Lake Balaton region. By developing an environmental and socio-economic monitoring system which consists of online traffic, water quality and other instruments, an outline was created for rehabilitating the region and founding sustainable development. GIS technologies were incorporated to further complement and improve the project.
The aim of the Aurora project was to assist Hungarian environmental authorities with monitoring and evaluating the standard of air quality in Budapest and compare it with standard EC legislation, as well as prospective legislation at the time. A series of formulae and modelling tools were developed that sought to contribute to an effective and pragmatic policy to improve the health of the environment in the capital city.
The project, Geothermal Power, was a feasibility study conducted on installing geothermal small-scale power plants in Hungary. Providing a model for extended application throughout the New Member States and EU-15, the wider objectives were to contribute to sustainable development, GHG targets, and compliance with Directive 2001/77/EC on renewable energy sources.
The Energy Forest study focused on the prospects of developing biomass on unproductive agricultural lands, utilizing historical data-series analysis. A land classification methodology was constructed; then the most appropriate types of biomass dependent upon each land category were explained. The next step included an assessment of the socio-economic and environmental effects of such energy forest developments. Finally, an outline of theoretical decision support system for assisting with rational decision making and land management was prepared.
REPROMO, the Renewable Energy Promotional Campaign for the Realisation of Transnational RES Projects, sought to accelerate renewable energy sources market penetration in Central and Eastern Europe by forging alliances between manufacturers, financial institutes and project developers around concrete RE actions. Further, the REPROMO initiated a Market Place to establish a network for cooperation.
The aim of the Rhizospheric Wetland project was to recultivate the solid communal landfill of waste located in Magosliget, Hungary. A highly innovative technology using biological reed bed type rhizospheric sewage water cleaning and re-utilising plant was developed to benefit four neighboring villages. New job opportunities and alternative income sources were created by the project.
EMS for SMEs
There is a need for solutions that facilitate decision-making, understanding of environmental management, and evaluation of environmental performance. The business case for improved environmental performance in SMEs can be demonstrated when an industry-specific, easy, and cost-efficient solution is provided. Our case study concerned the improvement of environmental performance of small and medium sized transportation companies. The aim was to develop a web-based tool that enables the user to calculate the environmental impact of her/his activities. There is also an opportunity to simulate a change and the corresponding environmental performance improvements and costs. The tool met the requirements of EMAS and ISO 14001, including a training application.
The overall objective of the INTUSER (Information Network on the Technology of Utilisation and Sustainability of Energy Resources) project was to raise public awareness of the benefits and drawbacks of utilising various energy resources. A web-based platform was developed to stimulate intensive and moderated discussions in a well-disseminated "Arena".
The Iron Curtain project developed a methodology for encouraging the standardization of tools and procedures for integrated resource evaluation. Tested and scaled in several case studies across several European countries, the model was designed to be transferable and useful to other states from the former Iron Curtain region. The divergent regional policies had led to great discrepancies between neighboring states and the project aimed to address these matters.
Tisza River Project
The Tisza River Project was an RTD project proposal under the EC’s 5th Framework Programme. The overall objective was to assist in the protection of water resources and ecological values in the Tisza River Basin through integrated catchment management tools, as well as sustainable resource use. Additionally, this project was a part of the cluster of European projects under a scheme called CATCHMOD, which combined and harmonized similar catchment modelling practices on a European level.
The overall objective of this project was to raise public awareness and understanding for ore mining technologies, and introduce the challenges environmental scientists encounter when facing mining-related environmental issues in the European Union and New Member States.