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Environmental Management Systems in the Information Society Technologies Programme (IST) HEAVEN WORKSHOP 7 December 2001, Paris Wolfgang Boch European Commission. OVERVIEW. Information Society Technologies - Environmental Applications - Air Quality Management e Europe

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Environmental Management Systems in the Information Society Technologies Programme (IST)


7 December 2001, Paris

Wolfgang Boch

European Commission

OVERVIEW Technologies Programme (IST)

  • Information Society Technologies - Environmental Applications - Air Quality Management

  • e Europe

  • Environmental Policies &Programmes

Heaven workshop
HEAVEN WORKSHOP Technologies Programme (IST)


to disseminate project results at European level, improve sharing of experience and knowledge transfer

to facilitate the take-up of research results towards commercial exploitation

to build up better awareness among wider user communities & enabling the creation of market forces

to foster the creation of user-networks

“clustering”& Integrated Projects (FP6)

Air quality management
AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT Technologies Programme (IST)


  • to provide of cost-effective monitoring tools (sensors, models)

  • to develop international standards for monitoring systems & techniques

  • to develop powerful, reliable decision - support systems

  • to provide relevant (real-time, personalised) information to the public

  • to share and to better integrate European and national RTD efforts

     IST is offering tools and platforms to meet the challenge

IST Environmental Application Areas (FP5) Technologies Programme (IST)

Air Quality





Inland water


Coastal Zone


Risk and





Generic Tools

Ist projects on air quality management noise
IST projects on Air Quality Management & Noise Technologies Programme (IST)

Integrated AQM systems(architecture, models, fusion)

Public accesstoinformation

Monitoring & Sensors







EU standard for noise prediction


* under negotiations

Ist environmental applications

Taking up the challenge
Taking up the Challenge Technologies Programme (IST)

“EU to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world”,

Lisbon Summit, March 2000

Information society for all
Information Society for All Technologies Programme (IST)


1. Cheaper, faster, secure Internet

2. Investing in people and skills

3. Stimulating the use of the Internet

Goals of eeurope
Goals of eEurope Technologies Programme (IST)

  • Accelerate Europe’s transition to the information society

  • Ensure greater coherence amongst EU Member States

  • Reap the benefits of the knowledge society in terms of jobs and growth

  • Move the knowledge society to the top of the political agenda of the EU and its Member States

Eeurope action plan
eEurope Action Plan Technologies Programme (IST)

  • Common strategy to reinforce each other

  • Accelerate and complement existing actions

  • Common targets based on integrated action at EU and national level

  • Concrete measures with clear deadlines

  • Benchmarking of national progress

E europe action plan 2002
e-Europe Technologies Programme (IST)Action Plan 2002

Objective 3 - Stimulate the use of the Internet

  • accelerating e-commerce

  • government online: electronic access to public services

  • health online

  • European digital content for global networks

  • Intelligent transport systems

Eu environmental policies programmes
EU Environmental Policies & Programmes Technologies Programme (IST)

Relevant Examples

  • Air quality directives

  • Noise directive

  • 6th Environmental Action plan

  • CAFE

Air quality directives
Air quality directives Technologies Programme (IST)

Directive on ambient air quality assessment and

management (1996)

Objectives: to maintain and improve air quality within the Community, based on some basic principles :

  • establish quality objectives for ambient air (outdoor air in the troposphere);

  • draw up common methods and criteria for assessing air quality;

  • obtain and disseminate information on air quality.

Air quality directives1
Air quality directives Technologies Programme (IST)

Main elements:

  • limit values for several pollutants

  • monitoring of air pollution (measurements or / and modeling)

  • information to the public in case of exceedance

    • information on nature of pollution, area of pollution, source of pollution

  • maintain limit values in areas where they are already respected

Air quality daughter directives
Air quality daughter directives Technologies Programme (IST)

Setting limit values for specific pollutants as these were not fixed in the first directive

  • directive on the limit values for benzene and carbon monoxide

  • proposal for a directive on limit values for ozone levels linked to WHO guidelines

    for further information:


Noise directive
Noise directive Technologies Programme (IST)

Directive concerning the assessment and management of environmental noise

  • Noise indicators and their assessment methods

  • Noise maps

  • Action plans

  • Information for the citizen

  • Link to project HARMONISE for the establishment of harmonized noise modeling methods

Environmental action programme
Environmental Action Programme Technologies Programme (IST)

"Environment policy is one of the success stories of the European Union – thanks to European Union legislation we have significant improvements such as cleaner air and safer drinking water.

But we still face some real problems”

Margot Wallström, (Commissioner for the Environment.)

6th environmental action programme 2001 2010
6th Environmental Action Programme 2001-2010 Technologies Programme (IST)

Environment 2010: Our Future, Our Choice

Four priority areas

  • Climate Change

  • Nature and Biodiversity

  • Environment and Health

  • Natural Resources and Waste

6th environmental action programme
6th Environmental Action Programme Technologies Programme (IST)

Key approaches

  • ensure the implementation of existing environmental legislation

  • integrate environmental concerns into all relevant policy areas

  • work closely with business and consumers to identify solutions

  • ensure better and more accessible information on the environment for citizens

  • develop a more environmentally conscious attitude towards land use

The future ist environment

The Future….. IST/environment Technologies Programme (IST)

IST-FP6 (2002-2006)

Change of paradigm

move from specific application developments to multi-disciplinary, generic application enablers

shift from isolated, local/regional RTD actions towards integrated, well co-ordinated, larger projects

Contacts Technologies Programme (IST)

For further information

 http://www.cordis.lu/ist

 http://www.cordis.lu/ist/ka1/environment/home.html

 E-mail: [email protected]