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LIFE PETCYCLE's plastic waste technology features at Global Packaging Summit

19-20 June 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The goals and preliminary achievements of LIFE PETCYCLE (LIFE14 ENV/BE/001065) are to be highlighted at the 6th annual Global Packaging Summit, which is being held on 19-20 June 2017 in Amsterdam.

LIFE PETCYCLE uses innovative technology to enable more efficient sorting and recycling of Europe's leading packaging plastic - polyethylene terephthalate or PET. The LIFE project, based in Belgium, is pioneering a system whereby PET polymers are ‘coloured’ with fluorescent markers that show up under optical laser-based detectors and can be separated from a mixed waste stream to maximise the quality and value of recycled PET.

The LIFE project is coordinated by the consumer goods company Procter and Gamble. The project manager, Gian De Belder, will provide a case study about the system of tracer-based sorting developed by LIFE PETCYCLE.

The full programme of the 6th annual Global Packaging Summit is available here.

EU Sustainable Energy Week

19-25 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

EU Sustainable Energy Week

LIFE projects have a chance to showcase their innovative approaches to promoting clean energy and confronting climate change at the 12th annual EU Sustainable Energy Week.

The event, which will take place in Brussels, offers LIFE projects and other stakeholders several opportunities to participate.

The EUSEW Policy Conference is the most important European conference dedicated to sustainable energy policy issues. The conference offers participants a chance to debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas, and to build alliances and partnerships through networking.

LIFE projects can nominate themselves for a Sustainable Energy Award. These prizes, which are intended to reward leadership and excellence in sustainable energy, will be announced at the start of the conference.

Projects are also encouraged to set up an Energy Day to engage citizens and stakeholders by creating awareness of the importance of sustainable energy and the EU Energy Union.

Calls for applications for EUSEW Policy Conference sessions and Sustainable Energy Awards have been launched, with more information on the EU Sustainable Energy Week website. The website also contains guidelines and advice for creating Energy Days.


LIFE platform meeting on urban climate action

21-22 June 2017, Barcelona, Spain


A platform meeting on Climate Action in Urban Areas will be held in Barcelona on the 21-22 June 2017. The two-day event will bring together LIFE project beneficiaries, competent authorities and other stakeholders from across Europe to discuss specific actions to advance climate change adaptation and mitigation in the European and international urban context. The LIFE programme has an important role to play in supporting initiatives in this area.

Continuous efforts to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across Europe are now increasingly combined with manifold adaptation strategies that subsequently increase resilience in urban areas.
The LIFE platform meeting will be an opportunity to learn about the measures that have been carried out under LIFE, the problems that have been encountered and the solutions that have been found. It will moreover be an ideal chance for project teams to exchange experience and know-how with other key actors on diverse themes relevant to urban adaptation and mitigation to climate change and to develop contacts.

Working group sessions will focus on case studies and will allow for the presentation and exchange of good practices in specific sectors, while the plenary sessions will address overall policies, support and coordination mechanisms.
The meeting is hosted by the Provincial Council of Barcelona, the coordinating beneficiary of the LIFE Clinomics (LIFE15 CCA/ES/000102) project and is being organised in cooperation with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) of the European Commission.

Participation in the meeting is free, but participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs. For ongoing projects these costs will be considered eligible as travel costs.

Participants should confirm their attendance by 10 April 2017 using the following link. Those registered will receive additional information and the detailed agenda in due course.

For any further questions, please contact Elena Gómez-Salazar



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