Prizes for the best LIFE projects completed in 2016 awarded during the Green Week 2017.
On 30-31 May 2017, representatives of the LIFE Programme NPC in Poland participated in the EU LIFE Programme Information Day and the Green Week conference in Brussels.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the LIFE Programme, an award ceremony was held for the best LIFE projects completed in 2016.
The following projects have been awarded in the category of environmental projects:
BREAD4PLA – the main objective of the project was to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of using waste from the bakery industry for producing biodegradable film. The goal of the project was to create and launch a pilot installation for synthesizing Polyactic Acid (PLA) using by-products from the bakery sector on a semi-industrial scale. The project also aimed at demonstrating the practical applications of PLA as a thermoplastic packaging film that meets current requirements and standards.
SOL-BRINE – a project carried out in Iceland; its purpose was to develop and implement a system for using brine to make two final products: dry salt (for commercial use) and water for irrigation and other economic purposes.
The following projects have been awarded in the Nature and Biodiversity category:
BurrenLIFE – a Greek project intended to solve the difficult problem of grazing on protected land. These areas have traditionally been grazed for centuries, which formed unique and ecologically valuable habitats. The project developed a new model that allows to continue grazing in a traditional manner while using additional, supplementary animal feed. Additional support and supplementary feeding allowed to create a new grazing model, which was beneficial both in conserving priority habitats as well as for the local economy.
Reintroducción Lince Andalucia – this Spanish project aimed at reintroducing the critically endangered Iberian lynx. As a result of implementing the project, the range and size of this species' population has significantly increased in Andalusia. An area of 200,000 hectares is managed in an environmentally friendly way for the Iberian lynx, which entails, among others, better availability of food for this species. Currently, the Iberian lynx is no longer classified as critically endangered.
In the category of climate projects, awards have been given to: DYEMOND SOLAR and AgriClimateChange
DYEMOND SOLAR – the goal of the project was to test and demonstrate an economically viable method of producing dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), based on a patented technology utilising one-dimensional photonic crystals (1DPCs) to improve the efficiency of solar cells. The project was also aimed at assessing the production potential and scalability of screen printing as a production method for manufacturing solar cells (DSCs).
AgriClimateChange – the Spanish project involved the development of tools for determining the energy balance and greenhouse gas emissions at the level of individual agricultural holdings. The tool was used to evaluate almost 150 holdings in four EU countries and 20 production systems. Based on the results obtained and considering the characteristics of holdings, individual action plans were made, focusing on agronomic techniques, methods of livestock breeding and land fertilization, reducing energy consumption from fossil sources and storing/binding carbon. The conducted study indicated the possibility of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by 10% to 40% when implementing the proposed measures.
The visit took place under the LIFE Programme Capacity Building Project, Contract: Life14 CAP/PL/000011.