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Sustainability Field 2.2
Production of Goods and Food

Programmes assigned to this field

NRP II 2B Healthy and quality life (Zdravý a kvalitní život)
Please note that calls for submission of project proposals are closed The National research  programme II with its subprogramme  " (...)
Please note that calls for submission of project proposals are closed

The National research  programme II with its subprogramme  " Healthy and quality life" will help to achieve the tasks of agriculture and altered food industry in the early 21st century. The tasks may be specified as follows: safe food production with clear definition of origin, stabilization of the rural population and settlement and landscape protection by crops production for
non-food uses. Progress in understanding the molecular biology of the human genome has created an entirely new conditions for diagnosis and treatment of diseases, including the most serious diseases. Medical and medical research in all developed countries is oriented in this direction. Advanced physics and chemistry of materials at the nano level, opening new opportunities for their application in imaging techniques, transplantation medicine and molecular therapy.
Protecting the environment and its basic components is a complex problem, which
solution requires considerable investment, regulatory changes and compliance monitoring
changes in organization and management of a wide range of other measures. Completely irreplaceable is therefore role of research and development. Thematic program provides very specific tasks and objectives to use of research results obtained clearly contributed to improving the environment.
Czech Republic Details
OPPI PO4 Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation - PO 4 Innovation (OP Podnikání a inovace - PO 4 Inovace)
The programme aims at supporting technical (product and process innovation) and non-technical innovations (organizational and marketing innovation) (...)
The programme aims at supporting technical (product and process innovation) and non-technical innovations (organizational and marketing innovation) in
businesses, including developing their cooperation with research and development organizations, and promote their own corporate capacity for R & D and downstream activities, especially in the SME sector so as to increase the innovative activity of enterprises and the number of firms that perform own research and development. In this context, priority axis is focused primarily on commercialization of R & D results, which can streamline, accelerate and improve innovation processes towards a more competitive sectors of industry and services¨and ensure the sustainability of the industrial development.
Czech Republic Details
PII "Sustainable mobility" Programme "Industria 2015": Project of Industrial Innovation "Sustainable mobility" (Programma Industria 2015 – Progetto di Innovazione industriale “Mobilità sostenibile”)
In 2008, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development promoted fundings for an amount of 180 MEuros in the field od "Sustainable (...)






In 2008, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development promoted fundings for an amount of 180 MEuros in the field od "Sustainable mobility".In particular, 3 areas of interests are connected to applications of ICT and environmental sustainability, i.e.:
  • systems for secure and integrated mobility of vehicles and infrastructures for transport of people and goods
  • ships that are power efficient, ecological, easy to maintain, with intelligent systems of navigation, automation and control
  • on-board systems that are efficient and ecological
Italy Details
OP ŽP PO5 Reducing Industrial pollution and reducing environmental risks (Omezování průmyslového znečištění a snižování environmentálních rizik)
Limitation of industrial pollution and environmental risks belongs to the priorities of the European Union in the field of the environment. (...)

Limitation of industrial pollution and environmental risks belongs to the priorities of the
European Union in the field of the environment. Industrial pollution poses risks to human
health and the environment.
Strategies applied so far to reduce environmental load caused by industrial production (endof-pipe technologies, recycling, regeneration) step back. Emphasis is laid on integrated prevention which means transition from the end-of-pipe technologies to the best available techniques (BAT) and the environmental protection in its entirety. The prerequisite needed to reduce the risks is detailed monitoring from the viewpoint of mass and energy balance and the processing of information into the databases made available to the public.
The European Community requirements on reducing environmental loads are an incentive to seek savings in the production, to replace some substances for less harmful ones, to strive for and develop new technologies, technological and technical innovations, which significantly supports the growth, increase of competitiveness and sustainable development. Limitation of industrial pollution and environmental risks is also favourable to economic growth of the regions, to the improvement of human health, and also supports the environmental improvement in its entirety. 
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Czech Republic Details
NIK Sustainability in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) (Nachhaltigkeit in der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik)
The transformation to the information society poses one of the greatest challenges for the coming years. Integration of the concept of sustainabi- (...)
The transformation to the information society poses one of the greatest challenges for the coming years. Integration of the concept of sustainabi- lity into the development and application of information and communication technologies must play a central role in this process. This requires tools which provide businesses and industry with the necessary confidence to act. Project NIK addresses this challenge.    The objective of the project "Sustainability in the Information and Communication Technologies" (Nachhaltigkeit in der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik, or NIK) is to show industry how the economic potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) can be brought into harmony with the ecological and social requirements of sustainable development. This will be done by producing "paths of innovation" which identify the research and development necessary to attain sustain- ability in ICT. The participants of this project are making use of the instrument of road mapping to achieve this objective.
Germany Details
SUE Sustainable Urban Environment (Sustainable Urban Environment)
The key drivers of the Sustainable Urban Environment (SUE) programme are to improve the quality of life of UK citizens, to support the sustainable (...)
The key drivers of the Sustainable Urban Environment (SUE) programme are to improve the quality of life of UK citizens, to support the sustainable development of the UK economy and to meet the needs of users of EPSRC funded research in industry, commerce and the service sector. We have funded ambitious multidisciplinary consortia, involving academic researchers from a range of disciplines working closely with a range of users, such as local authorities, town planners, city councils, charities and small and large companies, to name but a few.
United Kingdom Details
WREP Waste and Resources Evidence Programme (Waste and Resources Evidence Programme)
WREP's overall aim is to deliver a robust sustainable waste and resources management evidence base for informed policy development, implementation, (...)
WREP's overall aim is to deliver a robust sustainable waste and resources management evidence base for informed policy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, which incorporates an effective mechanism for assembling, analysing and communicating outputs.
United Kingdom Details
ways2go ways2go - Innovation and Technology for Evolving Mobility Needs (Innovation und Technologie für den Wandel der Mobilitätsbedürfnisse )
Personal mobility in today's society is closely linked to socio-demographic, socio-economic and land use. Changes and developments in these areas (...)

Personal mobility in today's society is closely linked to socio-demographic, socio-economic and land use. Changes and developments in these areas must be fully considered in the design of future transport systems both to achieve a high level of user acceptance and to provide sustainable transport networks.

Particularly interesting are questions in the areas of age discrimination, social inclusion, equal opportunities and accessibility in transport, as well as mobility in rural areas. The research program line ways2go supports development of innovative transport technologies designed to address evolving mobility needs within the framework of the strategic initiative IV2Splus "Intelligent Transport Systems and Services plus" through funding R&D projects and measures that stimulate the development of new technologies and products.

Source: http://www.bmvit.gv.at/en/innovation/mobility/ways2go/index.html

Austria Details

Projects assigned to this field

CITEAIR, CITEAIR II Common Information to European Air
The development of Europe´s urban centres is in many ways linked with the development of sustainable mobility options. Changes in behaviour, economic (...)
The development of Europe´s urban centres is in many ways linked with the development of sustainable mobility options. Changes in behaviour, economic growth or recession and structure of the population are factors that have an immediate impact on transport and mobility patterns. Cities and regions are the place where the most complex challenges in transport and environment need to be solved.

Air quality has unquestionably adverse effects on human health. Because the dominant source of environmental impacts in most urban areas is traffic, local and regional authorities must find efficient and integrated solutions for their environmental and traffic problems to increase the quality of life for its citizens. The pressure on European cities and regions to implement the related EU regulations on air quality has led to a multitude of initiatives to develop a concrete sustainability perspective, which compromises between environmental quality and economic growth.

However, the absence of a common approach for the implementation of these regulations has led to isolated solutions which requires an initiative for a) developing better solutions, b) more efficient solutions, c) solutions which go beyond the obligations of the related EU directives, d) creating synergies and e) sharing the know-how, knowledge and experiences.


Germany Details
ZSU Development of an Object-Oriented Model Catalog for Unification of Road Data and Environmental Information (Entwicklung eines objektorientierten Modellkatalogs für die Zusammenführung von Straßendaten und Umweltinformationen)
Objective of ZSU  is the Unification of road and environmental information for linking objects from the Environmental Information System (UIS) (...)
Objective of ZSU  is the Unification of road and environmental information for linking objects from the Environmental Information System (UIS) and objects from the Administration (SBV), coming along with a reduction of existing media breaks.
Germany Details
ÇBS Environmental Information System (Çevresel Bilgi Sistemi)
 ‘Environmental Information System - EIS’ is a result software of the ‘Institutional Building and Access to Environmental Information’ project (...)
 ‘Environmental Information System - EIS’ is a result software of the ‘Institutional Building and Access to Environmental Information’ project (2005). It consists of water, air, waste, noise and soil modules and their sub-modules. The purpose of the project is;

-        to access to environmental information that will help in environmental decision-making process for sustainable development plans,

-        to develop and implement a database at EU standards to provide reliable and up-to-date access to environmental information,

-        to ensure data and information sharing between MoEF and other institutional stakeholders,

-        to ensure compliance with national and international reporting directives and to increase the technical and institutional capacity for sustainability of the system.

It has got a main database that all the environmental information is presented and shared needed by MoEF and other institutional stakeholders. All the other scattered applications related to the subject aimed to be integrated to the system and to realize other projects by considering this database. 

Turkey Details
LETS 2050 Governing transitions towards Low-Carbon Energy and Transport Systems for 2050
 The core mission of the LETS research program is to identify, explore and suggest ways that Sweden can implement low-carbon energy and (...)
 The core mission of the LETS research program is to identify, explore and suggest ways that Sweden can implement low-carbon energy and transport systems for 2050, in order to reach the ambitious climate policy objectives suggested by the 2°C target.   

Hence, the overarching research question is:
What societal transitions are implied by low-carbon futures and how can thesetransitions be governed and implemented to meet challenging climate policy objectives? 

LETS will combine scientific excellence with close user interaction to ensure relevance and efficient dissemination of knowledge and results among key stakeholders. The objective is to produce new knowledge, but also to synthesize and interpret existing knowledge for more informed choices by decision makers, planners and other stakeholders. 

Low-carbon futures necessitate shifts to carbon-free energy carriers produced in low-carbon conversion processes and changes in consumption behavior. When accommodating such shifts, existing political and administrative regimes are challenged by the need for climate policy integration across policy domains, dynamic consistency, new planning tools and processes, ceding power to the appropriate level, etc.

Output
The outputs from LETS will range from high-level research based policy advice to tools and guidelines for the “street level” implementing agencies and other administrative bodies. The research team brings together key disciplines from social sciences, economics and engineering (i.e. energy and transport system studies).

Sweden Details
GreenSoft Green Software Engineering
Green IT is the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, using and disposing IT related hardware products in an efficient sustainable way with (...)
Green IT is the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, using and disposing IT related hardware products in an efficient sustainable way with minimal or even no impact on the environment.

Green Software Engineering is the attempt to apply these "green" principles known from hardware products also on software products, software development processes and their underlying software process models.

The first main goal of the project is to to design a conceptual reference model supporting IT professionals and software users in the sustainable development and usage of software. The second main goal is to develop a software toolbox called "Sustainable Software Support Center" (S3C) that assists IT professionals in realizing systainable, resource-friendly software products.
Germany Details
InEDIC Innovation and Ecodesign in the Ceramic Industry
Ecodesign is a well established concept amongst environmental specialists in Europe, but there is a lack of know how to support the systematic (...)
Ecodesign is a well established concept amongst environmental specialists in Europe, but there is a lack of know how to support the systematic integration of environmental considerations in the design of ceramic products. Despite its economic importance, the ceramic industry is suffering the effects of the slowing down of the European economy and it reports the effects of the competition of products from countries where environmental and social standards in manufacturing are considerably lower. The ceramic sector needs competitive products to survive in the market and by addressing the environmental features good opportunities for innovation and differentiation arise while the impacts along the life cycle are reduced.
The main objective of the InEDIC project is the development of high quality training materials on ecodesign to the ceramics sector, in order to supply the designers, trainers and other professionals with the skills to apply this sustainability strategy and practice in companies and to disseminate this know-how in the VET system. This project is a follow up of a previous Leonardo Project, “Transfer of Knowledge in the Field of Ecodesign” (contract CZ/04/B/F/PP-168002), within which the InEDIC project will build on by updating the training materials and mostly by adapting them to the ceramic sector.
This project will contribute to improve the quality and innovation in VET systems, institutions and practices through the production of training materials on ecodesign for ceramics, thus filling an identified gap in the sector. The quality and innovative character of the materials, that will be available on line and include ICT-based products, is ensured by the knowhow of the partners and the design of the project itself, which encompasses pilot projects in real life situations, through the participation of ceramic companies. Therefore, InEDIC results are expected to have high applicability and relevance and will be integrated in the curricula of VET partners, boosting the impact of the project after its completion.
The main outcomes of the project will be the ICT based, state-of-the art training materials and ecodesign tools for the ceramic sector:
  • InEDIC Ecodesign Manual, a web based training tool
  • InEDIC Database of ceramic materials
  • InEDIC Database of ceramic technologies
  • InEDIC Support material for trainers, including didactics
  • Curricula development for the integration of ecodesign in ceramic courses
  • Case studies presenting the results of the 10 demonstration projects ceramic companies of the participating countries
  • InEDIC website where all results and resources will be available
 
Portugal Details
iTEAM integrated Transportation and Energy Activity-based Model (Modelo Integrado para Simulação de Politicas Energeticas e Ambientais)
 This research project proposes to develop an integrated model of land use, transportation, and energy for the evaluation of a range of “green (...)

 This research project proposes to develop an integrated model of land use, transportation, and energy for the evaluation of a range of “green policies” aiming at enhancing sustainability and well-being. The model will include both individual/household

Portugal Details
  Ongoing Climatic Change and its impact to the Society Development (Prebiehajúca klimatická zmena a jej dopady na rozvoj spoločnosti)
The project is implemented under the Slovakian national R&D programme "Actual problems of the Society"  where the content of the supported (...)
The project is implemented under the Slovakian national R&D programme "Actual problems of the Society"  where the content of the supported projects is wide.
Aim of the project is the preparation of measures to adapt to the society and economy, the potential impacts of ongoing climate change in terms of regional development in Slovakia and a review of adaptation measures in terms of regional development.
Slovakia Details
PSE-CO2 PSE-CO2: Advanced processes of generation, sequestration and storage of CO2 (Tecnologías avanzadas de generación, captura y almacenamiento de CO2)
CO2 storage in geological structures has been suggested as a possible solution for reducing the emissions of this gas at short term. Geologic (...)

CO2 storage in geological structures has been suggested as a possible solution for reducing the emissions of this gas at short term. Geologic sequestration of CO2 can be accomplished by separating CO2 from flue gases and subsequently injecting it into a variety of storage reservoirs, including brine aquifers, producing or depleted oil and gas reservoirs and coal beds.

The PSE project is devoted to the injection of CO2 in deep saline aquifers, although a great part of the developments can be also applied to other geological formations. The main objective of the PSE project is to get a protocol and plan for the exploration and use of potential CO2 storage geological sites. Three fundamental research lines has been established on this context:

a) Study of analogue processes. Nature often reproduces the anthropogenic processes very well. The study of these processes (analogy study) provides data that are relevant when applied to certain activities. In the context of geological storage, there are natural reservoirs of CO2 that reproduce two fundamental scenarios: the storage and the leak. Studying these two processes can help to understand the behavior of CO2 within the subsoil and the detection of leaks. On the other hand, other industrial projects are developing techniques and materials that are very similar to those needed in the CO2 geological storage. This could be considered as a starting point in the definition of the technical specifications involved in an injection test.

b) Modeling and simulation. There are four fundamental factors that should be considered to reproduce the processes arising from the CO2 geological storage: thermal, hydrodynamic, mechanical and geochemical. The coupling of these phenomena is essential in order to properly simulate the injection of CO2. Another important factor to get accurate simulations is a properly geometrical and physical descriptions of the potential storage sites.

c) Methodological development. The capacity and physical properties of a given geological formation are not the only factors in the assessment of its performance as a feasible storage site. There are also some engineering issues that must be taken into account, regarding with the transport and injection operations, as well as the monitoring and control stages. Accordingly, it is necessary to describe the various known tools and specifications to complete the methodologies proposed during previous years.

Depending on the storage reservoir of interest and the composition of the waste gas stream (pure CO2 vs. mixtures of CO2 with other gases), injection of CO2 in geologic formations may give rise to a number of physical and chemical phenomena, such as miscible or immiscible displacement of native fluids, dissolution of injected fluids into reservoir fluids, changes in effective stress with associated porosity and permeability change and the possibility of inducing seismic activity, chemical interactions between fluids and solids, and nonisothermal effects. Key issues arising in process simulation include (i) thermodynamics of sub- and supercritical CO2, and equations of state of mixtures of CO2 with other fluids, including (saline) water, oil, and natural gas; (ii) fluid mechanics of single and multi-phase flow when CO2 is injected into aquifers, oil reservoirs, and natural gas reservoirs; (iii) coupled hydro-chemical effects due to interactions between CO2, reservoir fluids, and primary mineral assemblages; and (iv) coupled hydromechanical effects, such as porosity and permeability change due to increased fluid pressures from CO2 injection; (v) effects of spatial discretization and schemes of integration in time.

There are five fundamental aspects dealing with the CO2 sequestration that are studied by our group in the PSE project:

1) Understand how to transport, separate, purify and, in general, manage the CO2 at the surface and how to inject it.

2) CO2-rich phase flow behavior within the geological site, and how to ensure the isolation at long term.

3) Trapping mechanism of CO2 by dissolution in the aqueous phase, (i.e., bicarbonate and carbonic acid).

4) Interaction between the aqueous solutes and minerals, as well as the capacity of the medium to neutralize the solution and mineralize the CO2 (mineral trapping mechanism).

5) Coupled hydromechanical effects, such as changes in porosity and permeability caused by the fluid pressures due to CO2 injection.

The study of these issues has been divided into four research lines, called: PHASECO2, MIXING, REACTION and HYDROMECHANICAL. The advances of our group involve, on one hand, code development to model and simulate generic situations and case studies. PROOST and CHEPROO codes are the main tools involved in this task. On the other hand, our group is looking into the phenomena related to the establishment of the convective regime, which favors mixing process and thus increments the rates at which CO2 is stored in the aquifer. We also have developed analytical solutions describing the dynamic of the interface between the CO2 and the resident fluid during the injection at supercritical conditions into a deep aquifer. In addition, we study the impact of media heterogeneity (intrinsic permeability) and the injection rate on the dispersion of the interface between the CO2-rich and aqueous phases.

 
Spain Details
SiReNa Sistema Informativo Regionale ENergia Ambiente (Sistema Informativo Regionale ENergia Ambiente)
SIRENA is the Regional Informative System for Environment and Energy for monitoring the safety, efficiency and sustainability of regional energy (...)
SIRENA is the Regional Informative System for Environment and Energy for monitoring the safety, efficiency and sustainability of regional energy system of Lombardy.
SIRENA was founded in 2007 with the specific aim of monitoring fuel consumption and production and transmission / distribution of electricity in Lombardy, parameters critical to the competitiveness and environmental sustainability. With this objective, ensuring a high degree of updating information and communication in full transparency with an innovative service on web, the system provides all the information that, at different territorial levels and compared with other areas of interest, allow to delineate the energy dynamics of Lombardy.
Sirena is produced and managed on behalf of the Lombardy Region, from Cestec spa.

 

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