LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed some 4 171 projects, contributing approximately €3.4 billion euros to the protection of the environment.

LIFE Hymemb is a LIFE+ (2007 – 2013) project (LIFE12 ENV/PT/001154).

LIFE+ (2007 – 2013)

The fourth phase of the LIFE programme, LIFE+ ran from 2007-2013 and had a budget of €2.143 billion. It consisted of three components:

  • LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity
  • LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance
  • LIFE+ Information & Communication

LIFE Hymemb is a LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance project (LIFE12 ENV/PT/001154).
LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance continued and extended the former LIFE Environment programme. It co-financed innovative or pilot projects contributing to the implementation of European environmental policy and the development of innovative policy ideas, technologies, methods and instruments. It also helped monitor pressures (including the long-term monitoring of forests and environmental interactions) on our environment.

Networking activities with other LIFE+ projects

LIFE aWARE Innovative hybrid MBR-(PAC-NF) systems to promote water reuse.
LNEC together with Aigües de Barcelona are Associated Beneficiaries of LIFE aWARE, coordinated by CETAqua (Barcelona, Spain). LNEC’s role in LIFE aWARE is to select and optimise at lab-scale the PACs for PAC/NF hybrid process. Though LIFE aWARE scope, field of application and the hybrid technology tested are different from those of LIFE HyMemb, many lessons, knowledge and experience may be shared between both projects with respect to micropollutants in surface waters and associated environmental-health issues in Spain and in Portugal, the membrane technology, the cost-benefit analysis, etc.

LIFE WaterReuse Improving water management efficiency at industries with organic load.
MUGASA (Coordinator) and CTC (Beneficiary), Spain. WaterReuse aims to apply, validate and disseminate a sustainable system to reuse of process water, using a combination of electrochemical oxidation, membrane filtration and photocatalysis, and renewable energy sources like solar panels.

LIFE Impetus Improving current barriers for controlling pharmaceutical compounds in urban wastewater treatment plants.
LNEC is the coordinator of LIFE Impetus, which has as Associated Beneficiaries Águas do Algarve, EPAL, EHS, the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon University, the Faculty of Pharmacy of Lisbon University and the University of Algarve. LIFE Impetus aims at demonstrating measures for improving PhC removal in urban WWTPs with conventional activated sludge (CAS) treatment. LIFE impetus focus on performance assessment, using benchmarking tools, and chemical enhancement measures, namely by the use of new adsorbents from local vegetal wastes (carob and cork) and biopolymer coagulants, and thus provide, for several scenarios of European wastewater quality, the guidelines for reliable and sustainable improvement of PhC removal in conventional WWTPs while maximising energy efficiency. Both projects will benefit from the sharing of experiences, namely from the technological point of view, regarding the use of activated carbon adsorption and coagulation for PhCs’ control, the analytical methods for PhCs’ quantification, the cost-benefit analysis, etc.

LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER Technology based on biological methods for the removal of nitrates, phosphates, pesticides and other pollutants from groundwater supplies for human consumption.
This “Drinking water” project, approved within the “Environment and Resource Efficiency” focus area of the 2016 Call of the LIFE Programme, proposes a low-cost technology solution for municipalities affected by this environmental problem. It is being implemented by a partnership between the University of Granada (Spain), Aalto University (Finland), Construcciones Otero Company (Spain) and the Provincial Council of Granada (Spain), which acts as partnership coordinator.