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Target Group 3
Business, Economic Sector

Programmes assigned to this field

  Food LINK programme (Food LINK programme)
The food industry is continuing to experience the demands of increased consumer expectations and the opportunities and challenges of the Single (...)
The food industry is continuing to experience the demands of increased consumer expectations and the opportunities and challenges of the Single European Market. The industry increasingly needs to employ advanced manufacturing techniques which allow greater process flexibility, increased efficiency in the use of energy and raw materials and reduction in waste generation.
United Kingdom Details
UI-Richtlinie Funding of Environmental Innovations (Förderung von Umweltinnovationen)
Das Land Schleswig-Holstein fördert im Rahmen des Zukunftsprogramms Wirtschaft Umweltinnovationen, die zukunftsorientierten Techniken und Verfahren (...)
Das Land Schleswig-Holstein fördert im Rahmen des Zukunftsprogramms Wirtschaft Umweltinnovationen, die zukunftsorientierten Techniken und Verfahren zum Durchbruch und zur Akzeptanz am Markt verhelfen.
Unterstützt werden insbesondere Vorhaben, die
– den betrieblichen Stoffeinsatz optimieren,
– der Verbesserung von Messtechniken dienen,
– den Energieverbrauch von Produkten und in Produktionsprozessen senken,
– zur stofflichen Nutzung von nachwachsenden Rohstoffen und organischen Reststoffen führen,
– Verwertungsverfahren für Abfälle erproben oder
– ein offensives Umweltmanagement einführen.
Germany Details
GLOWA Global Change and the Hydrological Cycle (Globaler Wandel des Wasserkreislaufs)
Global Change Research is done with the objective of revealing to politics, industry and society the causes of the global pattern changes observed (...)
Global Change Research is done with the objective of revealing to politics, industry and society the causes of the global pattern changes observed and the interactions involved, the extent to which the natural variability of global environmental phenomena is influenced by humankind, the extent to which changes can be forecasted, and the implications of these changes for social systems, in particular with regard to the aim of sustainable development. Because global environmental changes alter the current and future living conditions of people, there is an increasing need to shift this research towards more direct practical applications in order to help to provide answers to the questions raised by stakeholders and decision-makers. As a major contribution to this effort the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched the program GLOWA. GLOWA is embedded in the BMBF research framework program on research for sustainability.
GLOWA focuses on the problem of water availability. The medium and long-term availability of water is not only called into question by the continuous growth of the world population and in some areas by the excessive use of water resources, but is also increasingly influenced by global environmental changes. The aim of GLOWA is to develop simulation-tools and instruments which will allow to develop and to realize strategies for sustainable and future-oriented water management at regional level (river basins of approx. 100.000 km²), while taking into account global environmental changes and socioeconomic framework conditions.
Germany 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 "Power efficiency" Programme "Industria 2015": Project of Industrial Innovation “Power efficiency” (Programma Industria 2015 - Progetto di Innovazione Industriale "Efficienza energetica")
In 2008, the italian Ministry of Economic Development promoted fundings for an amount of 200 M€in the fields of "Power efficiency". With reference (...)
In 2008, the italian Ministry of Economic Development promoted fundings for an amount of 200 M€in the fields of "Power efficiency".
With reference to ICT applications for environmental sustainability, it is worth citing the promotion of projects in the following 2 technologic areas:
  • materials at high efficiency for building industry and biodynamic architecture
  • household appliances at high power efficiency (integration of domotic systems)
Italy Details
RPV MZe Research programme in the Agricultural Sector (Výzkum v agrárním komplexu)
The research programme for the period 2010-2014 in the Agricultural Sector was called by the  Ministry of Agriculture of the (...)
The research programme for the period 2010-2014 in the Agricultural Sector was called by the  Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic (MZe).
The MZe research programme (RPV MZe) objective is to ensure the research in the agricultural sector . The research will be carried out according to the rules of the Joint agricultural policy of the EU for realization of the national policy of the Czech Republic through results of R&D projects supplementing the National research program II in the sense of the considerate function of the agricultural sector with exploitation of effective innovation processes and methods.
The programme is structured into 2 subprogrammes :
1. Sustainable development in agricultural sector
2. Rural development through sustainable maintanance of the natural resources
Czech Republic Details
TPOC Technology Proof of Concept (Technology Proof of Concept)
NERC's Strategy 'Next Generation Science for Planet Earth' identifies technology development as one of the key areas NERC needs to support in order (...)
NERC's Strategy 'Next Generation Science for Planet Earth' identifies technology development as one of the key areas NERC needs to support in order to deliver the aims and objectives of the strategy. To reflect this NERC's strategy includes a dedicated Technologies Theme and an associated Theme Action Plan. One of the actions from the first Technologies Theme Action Plan is a research programme to fund the development of new and innovative technology concepts with potential applications to environmental science.
United Kingdom Details
  The use of domestic raw materials and resources (Využívanie domácich surovín a zdrojov)
The national programme " Využívanie domácich surovín a zdrojov"  is one of 6 programmes approved by the Government of the Slovak (...)
The national programme " Využívanie domácich surovín a zdrojov"  is one of 6 programmes approved by the Government of the Slovak Republic  in accordance with the priorities of the State Science and Technology Policy Resolution No.1007 of 4 September 2002.
Slovakia Details

Projects assigned to this field

  Atomic and continuous media technological process modeling, improvement and qualitative study and mathematical methods. (Atomāro un nepārtrauktās vides tehnoloģisko fizikālo procesu modelēšana, matemātisko metožu pilnveide un kvalitatīva izpēte. )
Create a new interdisciplinary scientific research group to study atomic and technological and physical processes of continuous media in (...)
Create a new interdisciplinary scientific research group to study atomic and technological and physical processes of continuous media in the sphere of mathematical modeling. The group will include the Latvian University, Faculty of Physics and Mathematical Physics and Mathematics departments young scientists, PhD students and students of the total number of not less than 30, contributing to faster growth and study quality, combining the current group of young researchers in the individual researchers.
Latvia Details
MOEBIUS Conceptiual Design and Development of open-source based Applications for the Acquisition of environmental Informations via Mobile Computing as Data Source for Operative Environmental Information Systems (Konzeption und Entwicklung open-source basierender Anwendungen zur Erfassung umweltrelevanter Informationen via Mobile Computing als Datenquelle für Betriebliche Umweltinformationssysteme (MOEBIUS) )
Bei der im Rahmen des Umweltmanagements bzw. Stoffstrommanagements notwendigen Analyse von Daten, die zur Aufdeckung von Schwachstellen bzw. zur (...)
Bei der im Rahmen des Umweltmanagements bzw. Stoffstrommanagements notwendigen Analyse von Daten, die zur Aufdeckung von Schwachstellen bzw. zur Generierung und Planung von Maßnahmen im Rahmen des kontinuierlichen Verbesserungsprozesses notwendig sind, findet häufig ein sog. Medienbruch statt. Dies bedeutet, dass umweltrelevante Daten für die Durchführung des Stoffstrommanagements bzw. Umweltmanagements teilweise erst händisch auf nicht digitalen Medien (z.B. auf Papier) im Rahmen einer Produktionsbegehung erfasst werden, um dann anschließend in IT-Systeme übertragen werden zu müssen, damit diese Daten in sog. Betrieblichen Umweltinformationssystemen (BUIS) analysiert und für die Ableitung von betrieblichen Umweltschutzmaßnahmen genutzt werden können. Teilweise sind diese umweltrelevanten Informationen über Input- und Outputströme an einer Maschine insbesondere in KMUs noch nicht einmal bekannt bzw. es ist nur im Groben bekannt, welchen Weg einzelne Stoffströme in einem Betrieb durchlaufen (z.B. in einer Abfallbehandlungsanlage). Diese Problematik verschärft sich häufig noch, wenn man spezielle Stoffströme wie Wasser, Wasserdampf oder Energie betrachtet. Zu Erfassung dieser Ströme gibt es häufig Zähler, die aber manuell abgelesen werden müssen. Das regelmäßige Ablesen der Zählerstände wird meist noch per Zettel und Bleistift durchgeführt.

Das Projekt MOEBIUS wird gefördert durch das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) unter der Fördernummer 17N2109
Germany Details
BIOSKALESTER Design and evaluation of ageing-resistant biodegradable esters with controllable flammability (Kontroliuojamo degumo ir atsparių senėjimui bioskalių esterių kūrimas ir įvertinimas)
Sizeable polymer plants “Orion Global PET” and Joint Stock Company “Neo Group” are operating in Lithuania along with the lubricant manufacturer “SCT (...)
Sizeable polymer plants “Orion Global PET” and Joint Stock Company “Neo Group” are operating in Lithuania along with the lubricant manufacturer “SCT Lubricants”, all being interested in local suppliers. As raw materials in plastics and lubricants, various esters, manufactured by traditional chemical methods, are often used. Manufacture of biodiesel, which is also an ester, is growing in Lithuania. Since it is subsidized by government, it is important to diversify this production and offer the technology for the products of higher value, because the biodiesel subsidies will be reduced and eliminated eventually. This project is devoted to development of new technologies for producing higher value added products utilizing biotechnological synthesis from oils, fats and other renewable resources. Most promising samples will be selected and new manufacturing technologies will be introduced for production and evaluation of pilot scale experimental products: low flammability ageing-resistant biodegradable esters. Esters’ suitability for two applications will be investigated: 1) as plasticizers, used in manufacture of plastics, and 2) as base oils, used in manufacture of biolubricants. Plasticizers influence not only mechanical elasticity and durability of plastics, but also their odor, toxicity in contact with food, flammability due to exposure to fire, and consumer safety. Base oils are used for manufacturing of lubricants by dissolving functional additives in them. They dictate most lubricant properties, among those flammability and resistance to ageing. Both plasticizers and biolubricant base oils are made from organic esters, manufactured using chemical methods. Broad experience of lipase-based synthesis is accumulated in Lithuania and can be used in biotechnological synthesis of esters. The process conditions will be selected in such manner that esters, produced using glycols, would target the most important technical requirements, specified for polymer plasticizers and biolubricant base oils. Transesterification reactions using glycols will be carried out, along with lipase-based modification of alkyl chains. Acyl chain structure will be controlled by choosing selective lipases, interacting differently with specific fatty acids. Also the investigations will involve screening for selectivity towards fatty acids by carrying out the biotechnological synthesis in emulsions, replacing lipases with their producers and concurrently evaluating the influence of emulsifiers on lipase inactivation. Such selectivity would give an opportunity to control the flammability of obtained biodegradable esters. In addition to the studies of synthesis directions, experimental methodologies will be developed with the purpose of rapid testing of material’s suitability for plasticizers and biolubricant base oils. Not only their flammability and ageing will be evaluated, but also the volatility, hydrolysis and interaction between comparison samples with functional additives and system components. Most promising directions of biotechnological synthesis will be supplemented with appropriate processing stages, which would improve technical parameters of biodegradable esters. It will be attempted to evaluate the quality of experimental production from the pilot scale manufacture by providing its samples to potential users. Developed technology of biodegradable ester production will be optimized by reducing the manufacturing costs. Research conclusions will be made available to interested organizations, including polymer, biodiesel and lubricant manufacturers in Lithuania.
 
Lithuania Details
  Development of the Numerical Weather Prediction towards the Forecasting of Atmospheric Environment
Aim of the project is to develop, via connection of the numerical weather prediction model HIRLAM with the chemical transport model SILAM and (...)
Aim of the project is to develop, via connection of the numerical weather prediction model HIRLAM with the chemical transport model SILAM and sectional aerosol model SALSA, a high-resolution limited-area model of atmospheric dynamics, which will enable an integrated modelling of the aerosol-related processes in parallel with dynamics of other meteorological fields and parameters, and in mutual interaction with them.
(Estonian Research IS)
Estonia Details
LUPO Federal State Environmental Portals of Baden-Württemberg, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia (Landesumweltportale der Länder Baden-Württemberg, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen)
Environmental portals shall better open up the distributed environmentally relevant web offers of authorities according to the Environmental (...)


Environmental portals shall better open up the distributed environmentally relevant web offers of authorities according to the Environmental Information Act. The user shall be granted comfortable access from a central point to the web offers mentioned.

Editors centrally compile all metadata on all information offers and administrate them. This database is the starting point for the operation of this portal. It is aimed at minimizing the expenditure of both the editors and the administrators of the information offers.


Germany 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
HybCO2 Hybrid approaches to assess economic, environmental and technological impacts of long term low carbon scenarios: the Portuguese case
Climate change is currently acknowledged by policy makers and scientific community as one of the major challenges faced by mankind. Its long-term (...)
Climate change is currently acknowledged by policy makers and scientific community as one of the major challenges faced by mankind. Its long-term impacts can affect human development in a decisive way, changing available resources, the pace of economic activities, life-styles and well-being.
Significant efforts are being developed on the implementation of carbon mitigation policies and measures, both at national and the European Union (EU)level. Scenarios are relevant approaches for planning greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation by exploring economic, technological and environmental implications of different pathways, tackling the uncertainty associated to long-term future development.
Several energy-economic-environmental models have been developed to quantify such scenarios, being technological bottom-up and economic top-down(especially computable general equilibrium (CGE)) models the most common.
However, both models have inherent limitations which originate often divergent results, leading to uncertainty. Top-down models do not include technological detail, overestimating economic adjustments of the energy system, and tend to ignore technological changes induced by prices adjustments, due to e.g. energy-related GHG emissions abatement. These models help policy makers assess economy-wide policy instruments such as carbon taxes, but are ineffective in assessing the role of technological development to achieve a low carbon economy. On the other hand, the bottom-up models rely heavily on cost-effectiveness of energy technologies and ignore the macroeconomic feedbacks of different energy/climate policies, resulting on cost underestimation to achieve environmental goals.
Nevertheless, the impact of long-term carbon mitigation policies is not restricted to the energy system and should be analyzed within an economic framework, including expected changes in sector productivity, which induce changes in energy demand.
 
Some studies have argued on the need to integrate the two modeling paradigms in order to minimize their weaknesses. Few technologically explicit, behaviourally realistic and macroeconomic complete hybrid models have been developed. Three major approaches have been adopted: i)“soft-link” between two independent top-down and bottom-up models through an iterative process between inputs and outputs; ii) Mixed Complementarity Problem (MCP) to join the two modelling forms in a single integrated model, introducing technological detail in CGE models, iii) link one model to a simplified form of the other, generally link a bottom-up model to a simplified CGE model.
 
The objective of HybCO2 project is to advance on modelling tools to reduce uncertainty and improve impact assessment and policy design for aggressive long-term low carbon scenarios. Two distinct hybrid tools will be developed, using the Portuguese economy until 2050 as a case-study: i) HYBGED (HYBrid General Equilibrium Dynamic) model sustained by MCP; and ii) HYBTEP (HYBrid Technological Economic Platform) supported by a soft-link between the bottom-up model, TIMES_PT (The Integrated MARKAL-EFOM System) and the top-down GEM-E3_PT (General Equilibrium Model for Economy – Energy – Environment), both implemented and validated for the case study.
 
For a set of scenarios that explore future Portuguese socio-economic pathways up to 2050, including technological development, the two hybrid tools will be used to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of GHG abatement options and its economic feedback on prices, production, income and economic welfare. The research will focus on the technological/behavioural changes and low cost abatement opportunities to achieve low carbon pathways, including a carbon neutral one, and on the analysis and optimisation of policy instruments required to achieve them. The performance and the strengths of both hybrid tools will be compared in order to enhance their strengths and overcome their limitations, minimizing the uncertainty in impact assessment of carbon mitigation policies for the long term, issuing recommendations for long-term GHG reduction targets.  
 
HybCO2 will advance the research on hybrid modelling and climate policy analysis, through: i) development of two new dynamic hybrid energy-environment-economy modelling tools establishing a top-down and bottom-up equilibrium for highly-disaggregated economic sectors, currently not in state-of-the-art modelling; ii) improving the cost-effectiveness assessment of long-term energy/climate policy instruments, reducing their uncertainty by comparing the two tools results and including aspects beyond the conventional dual objective of emission and cost reduction (including macroeconomic feedback), namely, energy efficiency and security of supply; iii) assessing long-term impacts from aggressive carbon reduction on the Portuguese small open economy. The latter is of utmost relevance to support national policy decisions within the ongoing EU and global climate negotiations.
Portugal Details
  Importance of Genetic Factors in Formation of Forest Stands with High Adaptability and Qualitative Wood Properties (Ģenētisko faktoru nozīme adaptēties spējīgu un pēc koksnes īpašībām kvalitatīvu mežaudžu izveidē.)
For the first time in Latvia and Baltic Sea region comprehensive study of the influence of genetic factors on branch properties in different parts of (...)
For the first time in Latvia and Baltic Sea region comprehensive study of the influence of genetic factors on branch properties in different parts of stem will be carried out. This will provide the opportunity to significantly improve branching quality of fast growing trees, originating from seed orchard seeds, and in this way increase their suitability for needs of wood-processing industry. Similar improvements will be achieved also via detailed analysis of chemical and mechanical properties of wood as well as wood resistance to bio-degradation for clones, selected for seed orchard establishment. Use of seeds form the clones, selected in the project, would improve economical (faster growing and higher quality trees), social (increased employment in forestry sector) and ecological (increased CO2 sequestration, secured genetic diversity, improved adaptability) sustainability of forest management.
Latvia 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
LIFE PRIORAT Making compatible mountain viticulture development with European Landscape Convention objectives (Life Priorat)
The project successfully demonstrated a 'Mountain Viticulture Sustainable Management System' – a methodology with four aims: minimisation of (...)
The project successfully demonstrated a 'Mountain Viticulture Sustainable Management System' – a methodology with four aims: minimisation of environmental impacts, conservation/improvement of the landscape, quality control for grapes and wine, and increased productivity to improve economic performance.
The system was tested in three viticulture establishments in the areas of Priorat and Empordà (both in Catalonia, Spain) and the Côtes du Rhône (southern France). Assessments showed the project had "exceeded expectations in many ways."

The project employed a number of specific innovative techniques:
Introduction of a terracing system that reduces the width of terraces by around 65 percent, and their slope by up to 60 percent, hence reducing the visual impact of terraces. This is accompanied by innovative vine architectures that follow topographic characteristics;

The terracing system also allows vegetation cover to be increased by as much as 80 percent, and includes a drainage system for rainwater. This was found to significantly reduce soil erosion;

Increasing the vegetation cover also had benefits for the organic content of soil, thus maintaining the soil's fertility;

The improved irrigation system meant the use of fertilisers and herbicides could be reduced;

Installation of subsurface drip irrigation systems meant water consumption could be cut by as much as 85 percent;

Use of a number of monitoring devices and technologies, such as dendrometers, moisture sensors and sensors to determine the temperature of soil, and weather forecasting software, which can be used to determine precisely when pesticides, if any, should be applied.


The project found that the maximum benefits are obtained if all techniques are used jointly – in other words, if 'comprehensive viticulture management' is applied, a start towards a more sustainable culture of wine production is achieved.

It was found that, employing the methodology, high quality grapes could be produced at the same or higher levels of productivity as traditional systems, therefore improving margins. Economic benefits were also derived from reduced consumption of water, energy and chemical products. Introducing the Mountain Viticulture Sustainable Management System does involve up-front investment, but, in the long term, assessments have shown this is economically viable, and can even lead to higher incomes and employment creation.

The methodology is transferable and could have great significance in particular for the conservation of natural resources in Mediterranean regions (usually wine production areas), and for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (see: www.coe.int/EuropeanLandscapeConvention). The project developed free software that can be used in terracing design, and produced a handbook of good practices, which is also available at www.forumambiental.org. In terms of transferability, these are expected to play an important role. Future activities could see the adaptation of the methodology and techniques to other types of wine-making area (e.g. non-Mediterranean areas) or to other mountain crops.

The partners in the project are committed to continuing the use of the techniques, and to studying the results of the pilot projects over a three to four year period. This will allow collection of complementary data, in particular on long-term impacts.

Overall, the project represents a step forward in a 'new thinking' about viticulture and viniculture, based on the management of grape and wine quality using new methodologies/technologies and scientific knowledge.

Further information on the project can be found in the project's layman report and After-LIFE Communication Plan (see "Read more" section).
This project has been selected as one of the 17 "Best" LIFE Environment projects in 2008-2009.
Spain Details
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