eCircular: Plastic waste prevention through digital innovation
eCircular is a programme of the EIT Climate-KIC (European Institute of Technology Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community) with the aim to promote the circularity of plastics and waste prevention innovations with a focus on digital technologies and regional approaches.
eCircular promotes intelligent recycling solutions, advanced eco-design approaches, new business models and alternative consumption patterns.
By supporting ideas and tools for the prevention of plastic waste, eCircular accelerates the circular economy for plastic-based materials and pursues the vision of contributing to the decarbonisation of the material system.
Learn more on the project website (www.ecircular.climate-kic.org)
PELAGOS PLASTIC FREE
The Pelagos Plastic Free project aims to reduce marine pollution from plastic to protect the cetaceans of the Pelagos Sanctuary. A treasure of biodiversity, threatened by the plastic waste present in the sea of the Tuscan Archipelago. Eight different species of whales and dolphins live in the Sanctuary. In the Mediterranean Sea there are 250 billion plastic fragments floating on the surface, with peaks of maximum density of 10 kg/kmq, one of the highest in the world. Plastic can persist in the marine environment for hundreds of years and can fragment into thousands of fragments, invisible to the naked eye, but no less harmful.
LIMNOPLAST – MICROPLASTICS IN EUROPE’S FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS: FROM SOURCES TO SOLUTIONS
Microplastics pose a major global threat, but are generally poorly understood. Mostly, plastic enters fresh water sources inland, but almost nothing is known about how and where this occurs. This prevents authorities from managing or mitigating the problem at its source. The EU-funded LimnoPlast project is addressing this issue with a four-pronged approach: data assessment, training, technological solutions and behaviour change. The project will analyse the sources and impacts of freshwater microplastics, and train scientists at the coal-face of the microplastics issue. The goal is to develop innovative solutions to remove microplastics from the environment, and find environmentally-friendly polymers. Finally, the project will promote communication and policy interventions to address the problem of microplastics at the system level.
H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Duration 01-NOV-2019 to 31- OCT -2023
VISPO – VOLUNTEER INITIATIVE FOR A SUSTAINABLE PO (Italy)
The LIFE VisPO project will focus on the environmental problems in the area of the river Po in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. The consortium aims to implement a set of activities to clean up the river banks and river bed, with well-structured, awareness-raising activities to foster a more positive perception of the Po river area among local citizens and tourists. Activities carried out on the Po river will be twinned with similar actions, on a smaller scale, in the Hungarian Danube region.
LIFE17 ESC/IT/000002 Duration 01-JAN-2018 to 31-DEC -2020
LIFE – MERMAIDS (Italia) – The mitigation of microplastics’ impact caused by textile washing processes
The Life + Mermaids project dealt with the reduction of the impact of microplastics caused by fabric washing processes. The fibers released from synthetic clothing in washing contribute strongly to plastic pollution in marine environments. Microplastics represent persistent organic pollutants that can be ingested by marine species, thus entering the food chain. The multidisciplinary consortium of the Mermaids project had the main objective of helping to mitigate the impact of micro and / or nano plastic particles, coming from washing waste water, on European marine ecosystems by demonstrating and implementing innovative technologies and additives for washing processes and textile finishing treatments.
LIFE13 ENV / IT / 001069 Duration 01-JUL-2014 to 31-DEC -2016
LIWE LIFE (Sweden) – Lidköping Innovation Wastewater Eco-Hub
The water supply of the municipality of Lidköping in Sweden comes from the Lidan River and Lake Vänern, a natural habitat for 38 species of fish. A large number of these are at risk of extinction due to anthropogenic polluting activities. The local water supply body has identified the Lidköping wastewater treatment plant and neighboring industries as the main sources of pollution, including microplastics released in Lake Vänern. The main results of the project are the improvement of the effluent water quality in the municipality of Lidköping; the reduction of the concentration of polluting drugs, hormones and antibiotics in local effluents; the reduction of the concentration of microplastics and polluting substances; the recycling of phosphorus contaminants in local effluents transforming them into high quality fertiliser; reducing the amount of chemicals needed to recycle phosphorus by moving to a biological process for extracting phosphorus from wastewater; the energy savings due to the extraction of nitrogen from the effluents for a more energy efficient process than that used in the previous wastewater treatment by the Lidköping plant.
LIFE17 ENV / SE / 000384 Duration 01-JUL-2018 to 30-JUN -2023
LIFE SMILE (Italia) – Strategies for Marine Litter and Environmental prevention of sea pollution in coastal areas
The LIFE SMILE project aims to reduce marine litter in coastal areas. The actions of the project have developed on several levels: the identification of effective recovery and recycling actions; the construction of locally shared waste management strategies; raising awareness of citizens and tourists to encourage correct behavior. Smile promotes an integrated approach with the collaboration of all the municipalities of the Ligurian coast and the hinterland, whose administrations have been equipped with the most effective tools for waste management, to optimise resources by adopting the most efficient solutions for the protection of the environment.
LIFE12 ENV/IT/000289 Duration 01-JUL-2013 to 30-SEP -2016
Clean Sea LIFE (Italia) – Clean Sea Life
The project aims to increase public attention of the amount of waste present in the sea and on the beaches, to demonstrate how we are responsible for it and to promote and active and constant commitment to the environment. Among the project’s activities, in addition to awareness raising, there is the creation of a map which highlights the areas where the accumulation of waste poses a risk for biodiversity; the identification of good practices for the prevention and management of marine waste that will have to be applied locally and disseminated nationally and internationally.
LIFE15 GIE / IT / 000999 Duration 30-SEP-2016 to 31-OCT -2020
IWPM (Deutschland) – Integrated Wastewater Purification Management
The general objective of the IWPM project was to demonstrate how wastewater management and treatment technologies can be improved through the use of an innovative integrated purification management system (IWPM). The project had the specific objective of integrating waste water purification through a new combination of electronic connection (remote control) and physical connection (biologically activated pipe) of selected purification plants (STP), in order to integrate their technical capabilities and improve wastewater treatment. The new system proved to be economically advantageous compared to a conventional solution and the energy balance and biological activity were better than expected. This earned the project the award Best of the Best Life Environment Project in 2012.
LIFE06 ENV / D / 000478 Duration 01-OCT-2006 to 31-OCT -2011
Global Nature Fund has carried out a three-year project in the framework of the EU Life III Programme. The project areas were the lagoons La Nava and Boada in Spain, and the Nestos Lakes in north-eastern Greece. The main goal of the project was to develop and implement a management plan with the local communities focusing on the development of the wetlands while benefiting the social and economic needs of the local population. The plan included the installation of buffer zones around the lakes to reduce nutrients influx, guidelines for the treatment of sewage effluent and visitor management. A plan for agricultural extensification and the production of Good Practice Guidelines so that other wetlands can benefit from the experience gained during the project were further parts of the project. Work camps for youth, as well as training courses for wetland managers helped to spread the expertise and experience gained.
LIFE00 ENV / D / 000351 Duration 01-JUL-2001 to 31-OCT -2004