Environmental Technologies Research - Issue 12
December 2008
Note from the Editor   
As the newly appointed Editor for the Environmental Technology Research    
Newsletter I greet all of our Readers. First, I would like to say thanks to Mr    
Avelino Gonzalez Gonzalez, our former Colleague at the Unit I/3 who    
edited the Newsletter for a long time until he left our Unit having been    
appointed to the Unit S/3 of the DG Research. Without his tremendous    
efforts the Newsletter would have been disappeared.    
The year of 2008 was very busy for most of us. There were many    
successful events and some failures, also. It was not a peaceful year    
because of the local wars and terrorist attacks in all around the Globe, and    
even the global monetary crises arose moving from the US to Europe. I    
hope, in 2009 the number of the local wars will be reduced, the World will    
be more peaceful and safe, and we can pay more attention to solve the    
challenges of the global economical crises. The crises certainly will cause    
a lot of trouble, unemployment, poverty and even hunger, but in the mean    
time it will provide a good opportunity to change our attitude to the    
environment. Traditional industry will be under pressure, and they will be    
enforced to change their products and technologies. Why not to turn to the    
environmentally friendly technologies in this situation? Those, who look at    
the horizon far ahead, certainly will follow this way. We have had many    
good results and we have several ongoing research projects in the field of    
environmental technologies. I am sure that outcomes of the European    
Union environmental technology research activities will contribute to    
renewals of the industrial technologies and will serve the environment as    
well. Therefore this special research will be mutually beneficial both for the    
Human and the Nature. Beside providing information on past and future    
conferences, workshops and other scientific events the Environmental    
Technology Research Newsletter has a traditional role in delivering    
information on new results and disseminating knowledge to the    
specialists. As the new Editor, my ambition is to deliver as many    
information as possible on the European environmental technology    
research activities to the proper audience in due time. I would be able to    
fulfil this task only if I will be supported by the members of the research    
community as well as the stakeholders and end users. Do not hesitate to    
send us brief information on your activities, conferences, new results,    
deliverables or even research needs. All of your contributions are welcome    
and will be considered seriously for publishing!   
Finally, I hope that all the Readers will complete a successful year at the    
end of December. I wish you and your families many successful events in    
the year of 2009 as well as pleasant and peaceful life.   
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!   
Laszlo Szendrodi   
Editor of the ETR Newsletter     
 OPEN CALLS  published on CORDIS   
Joint Technology Initiative on Hydrogen and Fuel cells (JTI FCH): First call    
for proposals.    
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.c ...   
Joint Call for Themes 4: Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and    
new Production Technologies and 6: Environment (including Climate    
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.c ...   
Joint call for strengthening coordination of national or regional public research programmes   
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.c ... 
Call Title: ENVIRONMENT 2009 THEME: Environment (including Climate Change) http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.c ...
EUROPEAN INITIATIVES New prosperities for some environmental technologies On 26th November 2008 in Brussels The European Commission adopted the communication entitled 'A European Economic Recovery Plan' [COM(2008) 800] and delivered it to the Council. This Plan consists of an immediate budgetary impulse amounting to € 200 bn, made up of a budgetary expansion by Member States of € 170 bn, and EU funding in support of immediate actions of the order of € 30 bn. The strategic aims of the Recovery Plan are to (i) swiftly stimulate demand and boost consumer confidence; (ii) lessen the human cost of the economic downturn and its impact on the most vulnerable by reducing the loss of jobs and/or helping people return rapidly to the labour market, rather than face long-term unemployment; (iii) help Europe to prepare to take advantage when growth returns so that the European economy is in tune with the demands of competitiveness and the needs of the future pursuing the necessary structural reforms, supporting innovation, and building a knowledge economy; and (iv) speed up the shift towards a low carbon economy. There 10 actions are proposed in conjunction with the four priority areas of the Lisbon Strategy. Three of the 10 proposed actions provide good opportunities for related environmental technology research projects to disseminate and exploit their latest results boosting the innovation. Action No. 6: Improve energy efficiency in buildings The Commission invites the Member States to make a reduction of property tax for energy-performing buildings. Furthermore, Member States should re-programme their structural funds operational programmes' to devote a greater share to energy-efficiency investments. The Commission (together with the EIB and a number of national development banks) schedules to launch a fund for energy, climate change and infrastructure to fund equity and quasi-equity projects. Action No. 7: Promote the rapid take-up of 'green products' The Commission will propose reduced VAT rates for green products and services, aimed at improving in particular energy efficiency of buildings which encourages Member States to provide further incentives to consumers to stimulate demand for environmentally-friendly products. In addition, Member States should rapidly implement environmental performance requirements for external power supplies, stand-by and off mode electric power consumption, set top boxes and fluorescent lamps. The Commission will urgently draw up measures for other products which offer very high potential for energy savings such as televisions, domestic lighting, refrigerators and freezers, washing machines, boilers and air-conditioners. Action No. 9: Developing clean technologies for cars and construction It will be established to support innovation in manufacturing, in particular in the construction industry and the automobile sector which have recently seen demand plummet as a result of the crisis and which also face significant challenges in the transition to the green economy. The Commission proposes to launch 3 major partnerships between the public and private sectors: – In the automobile sector, a 'European green cars initiative', involving research on a broad range of technologies and smart energy infrastructures essential to achieve a breakthrough in the use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources, safety and traffic fluidity. The partnership would be funded by the Community, the EIB, industry and Member States' contributions with a combined envelope of at least € 5 bn. – In the construction sector, a 'European energy-efficient buildings' initiative, to promote green technologies and the developmen
Posted: 20/12/2008 By: Professor Paul Bardos