The LIFE programme is the EU’s main funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. LIFE began in 1992 and since that time has co-financed some 3954 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment. Find more information about the LIFE programme on the website.
In line with Framework Contract EASME LIFE 2017/028 concluded between the European Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), Stantec and Agreco, independent technical experts are sought to evaluate proposals received under the LIFE Programme.
This call is open to experts of any nationality with a high level of professional expertise in any of the fields listed below. All technical experts should be fluent in English (at least C1 level in the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages) and in at least one other EU official language and have previous experience in assessing and/or managing EU projects. Skills to evaluate the business implications of Close to Market projects are an asset.
- Relevant educational background (e.g. environmental engineering, industrial engineering, environmental management etc.) and a proven professional competence of at least 4 years in EU Member States and/or at the level of the European Union in at least one of the priority areas of action of LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency,
- Proven experience in evaluating projects in at least one of the priority areas of action of LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency
Specialisms in the following Water thematic areas are particularly sought:
- Implementation of flood and/or drought risk management through application of nature based solutions, support to policy, land use planning, risk reduction, post event resilience and emergency management and integrated risk assessment and management taking into account social vulnerability and delivering socially acceptable improved resilience;
- Addressing hydro-morphological pressures as identified in River Basin Management Plans to support achievement of Good status or potential under the Water Framework Directive;
- Integrated management of nutrients and organic pollution from human and/or agricultural sources at the river basin or catchment scale to support achievement of the requirements of both the Water Framework and Marine Strategy Framework Directives;
- Use of appropriate substitutes or alternative technologies to reduce pressures on the water environment by emissions by priority substances as well as other chemical pollutants;
- Implementation of water saving measures in water stressed basins as defined in River Basin Management Plans;
- Application of measures to ensure the sustainability of human activities in the marine environment, with particular reference to underwater noise, disturbance of the sea floor, deep sea mining, fishing, agriculture and/or navigation,
- Prevention and reduction of marine litter or contaminants at source on land or in the sea;
- Application of new water and wastewater treatment technologies and processes to reduce or eliminate the discharge of emerging pollutants or pathogens to the environment;
- Application of tools to support the resource efficient provision of water services to rural communities that meet the requirements of both the Drinking Water and the Urban Waste Water Directives, and;
- Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of recycled / reclaimed water solutions and/or treatment options, through alternative concepts to the water / wastewater treatment and disposal cycle, source control methods related to the discharge of emerging pollutants or pathogens to wastewater collection systems, innovative means of developing and trialing new approaches, and, improving use of water, energy and resources in industrial production as well as water / wastewater systems.
Specialisms in the following Waste thematic areas are particularly sought:
- Implementation waste management plans in the Outermost Regions of the EU or islands with a resident population of less than 250,000 inhabitants;
- Implementation of innovative waste management techniques targeting the following: WEEE and/or batteries and accumulators, end of life vehicles, selective deconstruction of buildings to provide added value recycled materials, plastics, bio-waste and composite wastes to recover critical raw materials;
- Identification and separation of hazardous substances contained in wastes to support added value recycling of treated waste and safe disposal of hazardous substances, and;
- Implementation of new business and/or consumption models and/or approaches to support resource efficiency aligned with the priority industrial sectors as set out in the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and the EU Action Plan for a Circular Economy.
Specialisms in the following Resource Efficiency thematic areas are particularly sought:
- Implementation of the circular economy concept with respect to at least one of the priority sectors of the EU Action Plan for a Circular Economy, with a focus on SMEs and integration of the social dimension in the value chain;
- Development of regional or nationwide spatial development without further land take or soil sealing;
- Implementation of integrated soil management practices through regional, national or transnational networks or organisations;
- Implementation of methods to deliver close to nature forest management approaches and similar silvicultural alternatives to more intensive forest management approaches (including planted even aged and single species stands) that have an equivalent cost-effectiveness for medium to large scale enterprises, and;
- Testing and implementation of methods to increase the fire resilience of existing highly fire prone forests, based on sustainable practices.
Environment & Health
Specialisms in the following Environment and Health thematic areas are particularly sought:
- Reduction in the impact on the environment or human health by safer use, reduced exposure or substitution, of at least one of the following: substances identified as hazardous to human health or to the environment under the CLP Regulation, combination effects of chemicals including endocrine disruptors, nanomaterials and biocidal products and/or pesticides;
- Reduction in noise from roads inside densely populated urban areas through the use of low noise surfaces and tyres with comparable life cycle costs to standard alternatives, and;
- Implementation of the Severso III Directive through human health and environmental risk mapping and addressing domino effects.
Air Quality & Emissions
Specialisms in the following Air Quality and Emissions (with a focus on urban areas) thematic areas are particularly sought:
- Implementation of technical, management, regulatory and/or incentive based approaches to improve air quality and reduce particulate matter emissions for domestic heating based on use of biomass, coal and peat etc.;
- Sustainable road transport mobility to reduce emissions, focusing on one or more of the following: cleaner real world driving, use of cleaner two or three wheeler vehicles, use of electric or super low emission vehicles, use of alternative fuels, innovative fuel retrofit programmes, alternative drive train technology, use of high impact traffic access systems and innovative logistic platforms;
- Reduced emissions from sustainable aviation and non-road mobile machinery;
- Reduced emissions of ammonia, methane and PM emissions from agriculture;
- Implementation of emerging techniques under the Industrial Emissions Directive on pollution prevention and abatement, and;
- Implementation of integrated urban policies and regulatory approaches for sustainable planning with innovative technologies to improve at least one of the following: urban public transport and mobility, improved energy / resource efficiency; local food production and urban ecosystems and their services.