UK projects get EU funding for researching resource efficiency and anaerobic digestion


Four UK projects have been given EU funding to work on developing new resource efficient projects, reducing waste crime and techniques to improve anaerobic digestion.

The EU Life+ Environment Policy and Governance fund will give cash to a Shanks-led project that aims to demonstrate a new anaerobic digestion process through which organic waste streams combined with low quality crude glycerine can be effectively converted into high value bio-methanol that will turn a low value product into a high value one.


While Croda Europe will also research the use of crude glycerine as a feedstock for an anaerobic digestion process in order to produce biogas for local use.

London Community Resource Network will turn redundant spaces into reuse hubs to collect, store and repair bulky items and provide alternatives to fly-tipping.

SEPA has been given funding to demonstrate innovative ways to understand, tackle and reduce waste crime by developing innovative intelligence gathering and analytical approaches to identify and understand significant waste crime issues.

A total of €29.7 million was given under this scheme, which also included a fifth project looking at better implementation of the Water Framework Directive.

This comes from a total of €282.6 million for 225 new environment and climate projects that have receive EU funding under this programme.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik (pictured) said: “In the final year of the current programming period, the LIFE+ programme once again demonstrates its ability to deliver essential financial support for environmental and nature conservation projects with significant added value for the EU. These latest projects will make a vital contribution to the preservation, conservation and enhancement of Europe’s natural capital, as well as helping to achieve sustainable growth through investment in a low carbon and resource efficient economy. The widely acknowledged success of LIFE+ and its projects has ensured the recent adoption of a new LIFE Regulation for Environment and Climate Action, with an increased budget, for the period 2014-2020”