Environmental Technologies Research Newsletter
February 2009
Date: Mon 23/02/09 3:07 PM    
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Europe increases its efforts to foster eco-innovation   
Following the financial distress and the global economical crisis that are now hitting the EU, hard prompt efforts must be put in place to reduce the slowdown's 
increasing speed and to begin the economical recovery while improving environmental effectiveness. Beside an immediate budgetary impulse to stop the economic
downturn, the 'European Economic Recovery Plan' promotes the rapid take-up of 'green products'. The Commission will propose reduced VAT rates for green products
and services, aimed in particular at improving the buildings' energy efficiencies. This should encourage Member States to provide further incentives to
consumers to stimulate demand for environmentally-friendly products. Member States are expected to rapidly implement environmental performance requirements
for external power supplies, stand-by and off mode electric power consumption, and 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. Although the European Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) was adopted by the European Commission far before the economical crises of 2004, its importance is
getting higher and higher. The objective of this ambitious plan is to further the use of environmental technologies to reduce pressure on natural resources
as well as to improve the environment and European competitiveness. It complements the other related EU regulatory approaches and directly addresses the
three dimensions of the Lisbon Strategy: growth, jobs and environment. The Action Plan puts forward actions to attract more private and public investment
for the development and demonstration of environmental technologies. A series of European Forums on Eco-Innovation supports the Action Plan's implementations. The next Forum will be organised as a satellite event to the 'Wasser
Berlin' water and wastewater conference and exhibition (for additional details please refer to the Events' column). Technology transfer is the focus of the
6th European Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) Forum on Eco-Innovation. The Berlin event will enable policymakers, the industry, the academic
community and other stakeholders to exchange ideas and opinions on best practice in technology transfer to encourage the development and adoption of eco-innovation
and environmental technologies. Topics will include successful case studies that demonstrate proven technology transfer methods with the potential to
be adopted elsewhere. Efficient technology transfer is an essential step to further develop environmental technologies and increase dissemination of eco-innovations.
Latest Call Information First statistics and roadmap for the FP7-ENV-2009-1 call Until the deadline of 8th January 2009 for the ENVIRONMENT 2009 call under the FP7 Specific Programme
Cooperation published in the Official Journal (OJ C226) on 3rd September 2008 a total of 277 project proposals were received in the theme Environment (including
Climate Change). The budget of the call is € 193 500 000 in total. After the eligibility a remote evaluation will be carried out by Independent Experts in February, and 'in site' evaluation session with consensus meeting
in Brussels taking place in the first two weeks in March 2009. Negotiations for the high ranking proposals and validation of the project partners are scheduled
to be finished before the Autumn and Grant Agreements will likely be contracted before Christmas 2009. OPEN CALLS published on CORDIS At this moment, however, there is no open call under the FP7 in the field of environmental technology research. Two calls are open related to environmental
research: (i) for the Theme 4 – NMP - Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies and Theme ENVIRONMENT (including Climate
Change (FP7-NMP-ENV-2009) and (i) Coordinated ERA-NET Call 2009 (FP7-ERANET-2009-RTD) for Environment (including Climate Change), Health, Food, Agriculture
and Fisheries, and Biotechnology, Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies, Socio-economic sciences and Humanities.
FP7-NMP-ENV-2009: Environment (including Climate Change); Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies Publication Date: 19 November 2008; Budget: € 10 000 000; Deadline: 31 March 2009 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time); OJ Reference: OJ C296 of 19 November 2008
Activities towards the development of appropriate solutions for the use, recycling and/or final treatment of nanotechnology-based products. This topic
is implemented jointly with Theme 4 – 'Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies', hence each proposal can be submitted
only once, either to topic NMP-2009-1.3-1 or to topic ENV.2009., but not to both calls. Eligibility conditions are set out in the Rules for Participation.
Evaluation procedure: A single stage submission procedure will be followed. Proposals may be evaluated remotely. The evaluation criteria (including thresholds)
and sub-criteria together with the eligibility, selection and aware criteria for the different funding schemes are set out in Annex 2 to this work programme.
In order to ensure industrial relevance and impact of the research effort, the active participation of industrial partners represents an added value to the
activities and this will be reflected in the evaluation. Evaluations are likely to be carried out during the month of April 2009. It is expected that the contract
negotiations for the short-listed proposals will be opened in June 2009. For more info please contact: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm ...
FP7-ERANET-2009-RTD Environment (including Climate Change); Health; Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology; Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies,
Materials and new Production Technologies; Socio-economic sciences and Humanities Publication Date: 19 November 2008; Budget: € 12 500 000; Deadline: 21 April 2009 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time); OJ Reference: OJ C296 of 19 November 2008
The objective of the ERA-NET scheme is to develop and strengthen the coordination of public research programmes conducted at national or regional level.
Only 'Programme owners' (typically national ministries/regional authorities) and 'Programme managers” (such as research councils or funding agencies)
are considered as eligible partners in an ERA-NET action. It should be stressed that research organisations or universities which are NOT programme owners
or managers are NOT eligible partners for ERA-NET actions. This is a Joint Call covering five themes of the cooperation workprogramme: 1) Environment (including
Climate Change); 2) Health; 3) Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology; 4) Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies;
5) Socio-economic sciences and Humanities. Additional information on this call should be sought in the relevant thematic work programmes available in the
Information package. A Pre-Proposal Check (PPC) service is available (see form in Additional documents) to those wishing to submit an ERA-NET action under
the FP7 joint call. Important Notice: Please note that there will be no call for horizontal ERA-NETs in the 2009 work programme. For details please contact http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm ... EVENTS Final Conference of the FP6 IP AQUASTRESS (511231): Mitig
Posted: 05/03/2009 By: Professor Paul Bardos