ICT-ENSURE Information System on Research Programmes in the Field of ICT for Environmental Sustainability

ICT-ENSURE Information System on Research Programmes in the Field of ICT for Environmental Sustainability ICT-ENSURE Information System on Research Programmes in the Field of ICT for Environmental Sustainability European Commission: ICT for Sustainable Growth European Commission CORDIS Seventh Framework Programme KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Graz University of Technology, Knowledge Management Institute International Society for Environmental Protection
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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
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
FCERM Joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management R&D Programme (Joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management R&D Programme)
Objectives: The aims of the Joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research and Development Programme are to: address the needs (...)

Objectives:
The aims of the Joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research and Development Programme are to:
address the needs of all flood and coastal defence authorities
help inform policy development
ensure that flood and coastal erosion risk management measures are delivered in a technically and environmentally sound and cost-effective manner
bridge the gap between work carried out by others (basic scientific research) and the development of operational systems.

United Kingdom Details
LWEC Living With Environmental Change (Living With Environmental Change)
New science and research for a secure future Our planet faces unprecedented change. If we continue on our current path, by the end of this century, (...)
New science and research for a secure future
Our planet faces unprecedented change. If we continue on our current path, by the end of this century, or earlier, our environment will be in a state that modern humans have never experienced. In parts of the world, supplies of food and water will be at risk and flood defences stretched.
United Kingdom 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.
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Projects assigned to this field

AIRTHESS An environmental information and early warning system for air quality in Thessaloniki, Greece (Σύστημα Έγκαιρης Πληροφόρησης των Πολιτών για την Ποιότητα της Ατμόσφαιρας στη Θεσσαλονίκη )
The Thessaloniki air quality information and early warning system (AIRTHESS), was designed and developed taking into account the state of the art in (...)
The Thessaloniki air quality information and early warning system (AIRTHESS), was designed and developed taking into account the state of the art in ICT and the way that AQ information should be disseminated and presented, either on a daily information basis, or on the basis of alerts generated by incident forecasts. AIRTHESS makes use of Google Maps  for the geographic presentation of information and Adobe Flash for the graphical presentation of air pollution time series, merged in a responsive rich web application using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT)  to perform dynamic actions. In the backend, AIRTHESS is implemented using a stack of open source libraries and frameworks, mainly based on the Eclipse Equinox implementation of the OSGi  Service Platform, allowing fine-grained reuse of existing code and extension of behaviour with minimal overhead. Further, an in-house web application framework was developed, based on Apache Velocity  for rendering and Apache Torque  for the database access. AIRTHESS uses the OSGi Event Service in publish-subscribe mode to handle dataflow requirements for new measurements and notifications. When new measurements arrive, an Event is generated describing their metadata (such as their station, the measurement series that have been updated, the first and last moment of the new data, etc) and asynchronously posted to the Event Service. Any OSGi services that have registered as handlers whose filters match the new event are then notified; the modeling subsystem is one such service, handling execution of prediction models. Any forecasts that are calculated emit their own events; the notification service is subscribed to these particular events and checks if any users should be notified of these new predictions. Being based on OSGi and the publish-subscribe pattern allows the various components to be very decoupled from each other; further, services can dynamically subscribe to the generated events without causing any downtime. The warning are being issues via e-mail and SMS to the (freely) subscribed users.
Greece Details
  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
ON Cultivos Crops for energy production (Cultivos para producir energía)
The general objective is to promote the sustainable commercial development of energy crops in Spain. The final goal is to upgrade the production (...)

The general objective is to promote the sustainable commercial development of energy crops in Spain.

The final goal is to upgrade the production of energy from energy crops biomass from its present situation to a precommercial stage, by defining and creating the conditions that can promote the sustainable market of this alternative. Therefore the Project work programme intends to co-ordinate the industrial and RTD activities in order to try to achieve the national energy objectives with energy crops biomass.

Spain 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 sustainability assessment tools for ICT – Methods for simplified assessments
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Sweden 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
SUSTAINAMICS Dynamic Modeling for Integrated Sustainability Assessment (Modelação Dinâmica como suporte à Avaliação Integrada da Sustentabilidade)
The SUSTAINAMICS research project (PTDC/AMB/66909/2006) aims at developing and implementing an innovative participatory modelling methodology to (...)
The SUSTAINAMICS research project (PTDC/AMB/66909/2006) aims at developing and implementing an innovative participatory modelling methodology to support Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) of emerging policies, plans or programmes addressing the pressing sustainability challenges faced by our society.
The research framework developed in SUSTAINAMICS is expected to provide an improved methodology for ISA with distinctive features such as dynamic modelling and analysis of long-term sustainability impacts, the development of extended peer reviewed sustainability criteria, a strong emphasis on the involvement of social actors in the assessment process, and the integration of participatory modelling with other assessment methods and tools in a coherent platform. The selected case is related with the sustainability assessment of integrated maritime policies. This subject is particularly fit for testing the proposed framework, since policies are in early design and “green paper” discussion stages, which allows for the participatory assessment process to actually influence decisions and promote conceptual learning. Furthermore, the integrated approach to management of oceans and costal zones is not yet fully structured, which creates opportunities for a more creative and open exploration of policy options. The results from the case study are expected to shed additional insights on the usefulness of the proposed approach.
Portugal Details
TEIEN Establishment of Turkish Environmental Information Exchange Network (Türkiye’de Çevre Bilgi değişim Ağı’nın Kurulması Projesi)
The project purpose is the establishment and further development of Turkish Environmental Information Exchange Network to improve the integration of (...)
The project purpose is the establishment and further development of Turkish Environmental Information Exchange Network to improve the integration of environmental concerns into sectoral policies, plans and programmes. The TEIEN will be a functional and effective Inter-Institutional Partnership established to support National Policy, Programming, and Planning Processes through improved access to environmental information, improved data quality, comparable data standards and clear institutional roles and responsibilities. National Policy Formulation, Planning, Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management, Regulatory Frameworks and Environmental Monitoring Capacities will be strengthened through the regular exchange of environmental information; thereby implementation of Environmental Acquis will be accelerated in Turkey.

The TEIEN is a national environmental information network that serves national needs while at the same time enables various institutions to streamline their international obligations. The TEIEN will support a proactive approach to environmental management and natural resource conservation and to deliver clear benefits to the sectors of government.

The TEIEN is expected to achieve three principal results, namely:

-        The national exchange network is established by the end of the project which enhances inter-institutional collaboration in the environment sector and supports national policy and planning processes.

-        The relevant national institutions together with MoEF enhance their capability of accessing, querying, reporting, visualizing the environmental data in a timely and consistent manner.

-        The capacity of the members of the Turkish EIONET structure and NFP is enhanced.

Turkey 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.


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