Environmental Technologies Research - Issue No.
5, September 2007
FP7 –  Environmental research – calls for proposals:  
  FP7-ENV-2007-1: The evaluation of  eligible proposals is now completed   
and the resulting Evaluation Summary  Report has been sent to applicants   
at the beginning of August. The Commission services  drafted the lists of   
proposals suggested for funding and will initiate  before mid-September the   
internal selection procedure. It is expected that  the negotiations with   
successful applicants will start by the end of  September.  
  FP7-ENV-2008-1: The next call for  proposals will be published on 20   
November 2007 with the 19 February as  deadline for submissions. An   
indicative budget of about €216 million is  allocated to the 2008 work   
programme, where more than 50 topics for research have  been identified   
so far in the following areas:  
  pressures on environment and climate;  
 environment and  health;  
 natural  hazards;  
  conservation and sustainable management of natural and man-made   
resources  and biodiversity;  
  management of marine environments;  
  environmental technologies for observation, simulation, prevention,    
mitigation, adaptation, remediation and restoration of the natural and    
man-made environment;  
  protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage,   
including  human habitat;  
  technology assessment, verification and testing;  
 earth  and ocean observation systems and monitoring methods for   
the environment and  sustainable development;  
  forecasting methods and assessment tools for sustainable   
development taking  into account different scales of observation;  
  dissemination and horizontal activities.  
EC  Communication on water scarcity and droughts:    
 The Commission adopted in July  the COM(2007) 414 final 'Addressing   
the challenge of water scarcity and  droughts in the European Union'. This   
document describes a set of policy  orientations for future actions   
including incentives for water savings,  water efficiency promotion, drought   
risk management and securing water  supply.   
 Best management practises are  also mentioned as well as the necessary   
efforts needed in view to improve  knowledge and data collection.  
 The Communication  text is available  on:     
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/ ...  
 A document issued by the European  Environment Agency related to the   
subject, the 'EEA Briefing: Climate change  and water adaptation issues',   
is available on:     
http://bookshop.europa.eu/eubookshop/F ...  
Better coordinated use of Framework Programme and Structural Funds to   
support R&D:  
Mobilising these two instruments together can help fostering (much more   
efficiently than considered separately) the research and technological   
development potential to contribute and promote growth and employment   
at local, regional, national and European scale. The European Union   
Scientific and Technical Research Committee (CREST) has recently   
issued a set of guidelines on 'Coordinating the Framework Programme   
and the Structural Funds to support Research and Development'. This   
document summarises recommendations on developing strategies and   
strengthening governance; developing human resources and   
infrastructures; promoting R&D excellence and international cooperation;   
reinforcing results' exploitation and valorisation strategies and improving   
communication and information.  
The guidelines are available on:   
http://cordis.europa.eu/documents/docu ...  
Advanced and novel approaches improving industrial waste water   
treatment: INNOWATECH  
The currently ongoing European project “INNOWATECH - Innovative and   
integrated technologies for the treatment of industrial wastewater” started   
in November 2006 and will last three years. Its main objectives are:   
  investigating and enhancing the performance of promising industrial   
wastewater  treatment options such as aerobic granulation, advanced   
oxidation processes  combined with biological treatments, membrane   
contactors and membrane  chemical reactors;    
 Advancing  fundamental and technological knowledge;    
 Assessing  the economic and environmental sustainability of the   
investigated options;    
 Developing  integrated tailor-made solutions for end-users operating   
for different  industrial sectors in wastewater treatment area;    
  Encouraging project’s results implementation for enhancing the   
competitiveness  of the EU Water Industry;    
  Transferring the developed know-how to potential stakeholders and   
end-users  inside and outside the project.   
The main features of INNOWATECH are reported in the project's web-site (  
http://www.innowatech.org) where an open forum area is available for   
any potential stakeholders and/or end-users so that they can: get   
details, forward questions, post comments and participate to enlarged   
For any question or request, please contact the project Coordinator: Dr.   
Antonio Lopez (antonio.lopez@ba.irsa.cnr.it)  
Sustainable and Safe Re-use of Municipal Sewage Sludge for   
Nutrient Recovery (SUSAN):  
The FP6 project SUSAN started in November 2005 with the aim to develop   
technologies and strategies for safe and efficient recovery of nutrients as   
fertilisers from municipal sewage sludge. The project focuses on   
developing and validating a thermo-chemical process enabling heavy   
metals removal and transfer of phosphorus into mineral phases with high   
bioavailability. This technology shall be suitable for large scale facilities   
handling up to 50,000 tons of ashes per year.   
So far, the investigations demonstrated the capability of the proposed   
technologies including efficient heavy metal removal and conclusive   
increase of phosphorous bioavailability in the treated ashes.  
An overview of the activities as well as a description of the current project's   
status are available on: http://www.susan.bam.de.  
Focus on the Priority Pollutants management options  
SCOREPP and SOCOPSE are 2 FP6 projects that started towards the   
end of 2006. They are thus now about to accomplish their first year. Both   
projects deal with source control of priority pollutants and aim at   
developing guidelines for stakeholders to help them achieve the   
requirements in this regard of the WFD. An interaction between these 2   
projects is gradually taking place.  
SOCOPSE is looking mostly at hazardous priority pollutants to provide   
guidelines and decision support tools for their management at river basin   
scale. Their activities include material flow analysis, a series of detailed   
substances reports, identification of measures and management options   
and application to 4 case studies. A strong interaction with industry   
research networks, authorities and NGOs is envisaged. (  
http://www.socopse.se/ )  
SCOREPP aims to assess a wider selection of pollutants including all the   
priority pollutants and an additional list of relevant pollutants. This project   
will develop appropriate strategies to reduce emissions from urban areas   
into the receiving waters. The activities include the identification of sources   
in urban areas, identification of measures, assessing their   
cost-effectiveness and validation of the strategies on a number of selected   
case studies. Interaction with relevant stakeholders is also an integral part   
of the project. (http://www.scorepp.eu/ )  
Report from  the Wor 
Posted: 21/09/2007 By: Professor Paul Bardos