Environmental Technologies Research - Issue 6 -
November 07
FP7- Environmental research – calls for proposals  
FP7-ENV-2007-1: The negotiations with projects suggested for funding are now going on. The beneficiaries are asked to consider guidance and information 
as available on CORDIS: Negotiation guidance notes: ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/negotiation_en.pdf Templates for the Description of Work: ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/negotiation_en.doc Checklist for a consortium agreement: ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/checklist_en.pdf Guide to financial issues: ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/financialguide_en.pdf Guide to intellectual properties rules: ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/ipr_en.pdf Guidance notes on Certificates of Financial Statements: ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/guidelines-audit-certification_en.pdf FP7-ENV-2008-1 and the joint call FP7-ENV-NMP-2008-2: The relevant dates for the coming calls for proposals have been modified. The publication is now
planned on 30 November 2007 with a deadline for submissions fixed on 25 February 2008. A related Information Day will be held in Brussels in December 2007; please
read additional information in the EVENTS section of this newsletter. Due to a physical move of the infrastructure supporting the Electronic Proposal Submission Service (EPSS), it is important to note that this service will
resume on Monday 14 January 2008 at the latest. However, we will make every necessary effort to restore the availability of the EPSS platform for online submission
of proposals earlier. Applicants are encouraged to check the availability of the EPSS URL (https://www.epss-fp7.org/epss/) after 24 December 2007. New Environmental research web site in CORDIS: A new service has been implemented in the CORDIS server dedicated to promote and highlight EU funded research related to the FP7 Cooperation theme 'Environment
(including climate change)'. The service is available on http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/environment/ ... A portal on Environmental Technologies: Good practice, innovation, research and development The portal http://technologies.ew.eea.europa.eu/ focuses on Environmental Technologies, i.e. on cleaner and resource efficient technologies which
can decrease material inputs, reduce energy consumption and emissions, recover valuable by-products, minimise waste disposal problems or some combinations
of these (OECD and Eurostat, 1999). They are classified according to the sector of intervention: Pollution management Resources management Industry The Environmental Technologies Atlas is a web-based geographic service to assist the public to locate environmental technology and eco-efficient innovation
players across Europe. EU LEGISLATION: The EU Floods Directive is now published. The DIRECTIVE 2007/60/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 October 2007 on the assessment and management of flood risks has been published
in the Official Journal of the European Union (ref L 288/27 dated on 06/11/2007). The purpose of this Directive is to establish a framework for the assessment and management of flood risks, aiming at the reduction of the adverse consequences
for human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity associated with floods in the Community. The Directive text is available at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/si ... REMOVALS: Reduction, modification and valorisation of sludge This Project started in July 2006 with the aim to develop strategies for the safe disposal and reuse of sewage sludge, including the reduction of excess sludge
production, its modification and valorisation. The scope of the Project envisages developing several processes for reducing both the amount and the toxicity
of sludge, with simultaneous transformation into green energy vectors such as methane or hydrogen. Also, valuable materials will be obtained from sludge,
such as activated carbons, which will serve for gas decontamination, water purification and for advanced oxidation processes. To date, the Project is progressing according to its initial objectives. More specifically, different bench scale plants and reactors have been constructed
in view to conduct experiments on: thermophilic anaerobic sludge stabilisation, including minimisation of excess sludge production and toxicity; production of hydrogen in a two stage digestion process; mixing hydrodynamics and reactor residence time distribution including Computational Fluid Dynamics; sludge characterisation before and after pyrolysis in view to define process parameters prior to gasification; sludge pre-treatment by disintegration (mechanical, thermal, ultrasonic) aiming to enhance nutrient removal; biological treatment of highly ammonium concentrated liquors (dewatering of digested sludge); minimisation of sludge production in membrane bio-reactors (MBR); influence of power ultrasound as pre-treatment process before catalytic wet air oxidation (CWO); production and characterisation of sludge-based absorbents to be used as catalysts in CWO of liquid effluents; use of activated carbon produced from sewage sludge as adsorbent in a first stage followed by a CWO step; evaluation of the efficiency of activated carbon in biofilters treating industrial waste gases. More information about the Project is available at http://www.etseq.urv.es/removals/ Contacts: Prof. Azael Fabregat or Dr. Christophe Bengoa (christophe.bengoa@urv.cat) News from the LIFE programme focussing on water scarcity related projects A number of EU funded projects addressing water scarcity aspects and water saving measures are presented in the 'LIFEnews features 2007'. This service provides
an overview of related projects as well as links to relevant pages of information. Additional information is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/t ... PUBLICATIONS and AVAILABLE DOCUMENTS One year “www.mbr-network.eu”, the webplatform dedicated to the MBR technology The webplatform dedicated to the MBR technology www.mbr-network.eu and edited by the European projects cluster “MBR-Network” is now entering into its
second year of existence. Over the first year, MBR-Network has become a key exchange platform of the MBR community. The numerous free and automatic services offered on the site (email alarms on literature, list of publications and events, MBR-Forum, etc.) have contributed
to the success and frequentation of the network. Companies, institutions or private persons interested by or active in the field of MBR technology are invited
to register online and to provide their data and relevant news or information to the MBR community through this website. 'Participative Planning for Water Reuse Projects' - P. Jeffrey and S. Russell Successful design, implementation and management of many types of industrial or public infrastructure projects are now recognised as being strongly dependent
on the involvement of those institutions, businesses and communities that may be affected. A participatory planning approach is particularly relevant to
water recycling projects where the size and spread of costs, risks and benefits depend on how the venture is planned and managed. The aim of this handbook is to encourage wider and more informed participation in the planning and management of water recycling projects. The objectives
in support of this aim are: to review the motivations for and principles of participatory planning and management; to describe the types of tools and techniques which can be used to support participatory planning; to provide an illustrative prot
Posted: 21/12/2007 By: Mr Jörg Frauenstein