Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Contact First Name: Jose

Contact Surname: Ospina

Contact Address:

The Wooden House, Rossnagoose, Skibberreen Co. Cork

Telephone Contact Number: 028 21890

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Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Other

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Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Jose Ospina Development Consultant

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Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Summary of main expereince - Over 11 years of professional experience in the environment and sustainable development fields; - Excellent knowledge of the state-of-the-art in the urban environment, climate change and waste management areas; - Sound knowledge of the EU environmental policy and legislation; Expert evaluator of projects and project proposals – six years of experience in evaluating project proposals; - Extensive experience in coordinating and managing EU funded projects in the environment field, including the coordination of a LIFE ENV project; - Expert for the LIFE+ Information Sessions 2010 and 2011 in Ireland; - Professional training in film and TV and work experience in commercial television - Native Spanish speaker, excellent English, good French and Italian.Community Specialist Experience - Housing and Green Construction I worked in community and self-help housing in England and Colombia from 1973 to 1992. This included the setting up of a self-help housing association for students and families in Bristol (1973-1980), as well as work with various housing co-operatives association in other areas. In 1980 I worked for the Colombian housing authority on their low-income housing programme and later as Director of the Colombian Federation of Community Housing, mainly working with self-build organisations. Moving to UK I carried out studies in Housing Finance and carried out an MA(Arch) by research at the University of York (Centre for Advanced Architectural Studies) on community housing development in Colombian and England. This lead to the writing two published articles and a book (Housing Ourselves, Hilary Shipman 1987) I then worked for Co-operative Housing in South East London (CHISEL) in the development of various co-operative housing projects, including Co-operative Self Build for Rent Project in Brighton and London, two of which won design awards from RIBA, and one (Hedgehog Self Build) was featured in tow episodes of Grand Designs. Moving to Ireland in 1996, I continued my involvement in social housing with the setting up of Carbery Housing Association (CHA), a community housing association in Skibbereen. With CHA we secured funding for the ALTENER II Project RENEASE (Renewable Energy Against Social Exclusion) that made concrete proposals for the integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency and bio-cilamtic design in social housing, and in the project Enhancing Common Strategic Approaches (ECSA) Project, aimed at developing strategies for cooperation between Local Authorities and the Social Economy. In 2009 I became a registered BER Assessor. Working for Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE) in 2010, we secured funding from the Northern Periphery Programme (INTERREG) for or the development of a project to identify, benchmark and promote products and services promoting energy efficiency that used natural and recycled materials. Specialist Experience - IT and Green Electronics In 1999 I wrote a proposal for the LIFE II Environment Programme for Project HEATSUN, a project aimed at exploring and innovation the management of waste computers. The lead partner of this proposal was Dublin City Council and the proposal secured funding for the 5 year Project, that worked together with 4 Dublin Local Authorities and 3 enterprises to produced eco-design, reuse and recycling activities in this area. In 2003 I began work with MicroPro, as project manager for Project HEATSUN, a LIFE Environment Project that was aimed to reduce, reuse and recycle IT waste. From 2006 to date I have been Project Manager with MicroPro in the development of the “iameco” range of computers, with support from the EPA’s Cleaner Greener Production Programme and the EU’s FP7 Programme. In addition to the development of the iameco prototypes, these projects aimed at the development of circular economy and zero waste industrial networks for manufacture (ZeroWIN) and a simplified tool for Life Cycle Assessment for SME’s (LCA to GO) During this time I also participated in the writing of several reports and peer-reviewed articles for scientific journals on eco-design, reuse and the iameco product/service approach. Specialist experience - Other Consultancy and Evaluation Experience In addition to the highlights above, since 1996 I have worked as consultant or project manager for a range of other organisations in Europe and Ireland, including CECOP (European Confederation of Cooperatives), the REVES (Cities and Regional of the Social Economy) Network, Cork County Council (TRANSFORM community building project) Ernside Engineering (DEPOTEC – pyrolysis of tyres) Organic Power (Renewable Energy), etc. I have also worked as expert evaluator in 3 European Programmes to date, the Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme, the URBACT (Urban Regeneration) Programme, and the LIFE +Programme, as well as providing training for the LIFE + Programme. . Full details may be found on my web site on

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
eco-design, life cycle assessment, circular economy, energy efficiency, carbon footprint, natural construction materials, recycled construction materials, reuse of construction materials, reuse, computer design, green construction, product/service strategy. self-build. community housing, participation. co-operatives, innovation, marketing, communication, evaluation, logical framework.

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

 Find alternatives for critical raw materials

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Support innovative policies and societal changes

 Measure and assess progress towards a green economy

 Foster resource efficiency through digital systems

 Strengthen eco-innovative technologies, processes, services and products including exploring ways to reduce the quantities of raw materials in production and consumption, and overcoming barriers in this context and boost their market uptake

Cultural heritage

 Identifying resilience levels via observations, monitoring and modelling

 Providing for a better understanding on how communities perceive and respond to climate change and seismic and volcanic hazards

Focus Areas

 Smart cities and communities

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Energy Efficiency

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

 Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance structures for Europe

 Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance structures for Europe

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Expert Evaluator for Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme (3 years) Expert Evaluator for the URBACT Programme (2 years) Expert Evaluator for the LIFE+ Programme (2 years)

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

Management of projects for community self-building including INTEGRA funded social housing project IGLOO-Integra. Responsibility for promotion and dissemination of activities and results. Setting up of new Housing Association \"Tir an Droichead\" in Ireland and management of Project \"Novas Ouvertures\" funded by Third System and Employment Programme (DGV). Responsibility for promotion and dissemination of activities and results and marketing. Co-ordination of RENEASE (Renewable Energy Against Social Exclusion) funded by ALTENER (AL/2000/262) to develop feasibility of sustainable social housing in Ireland. Responsibility for promotion and dissemination of activities and results. Local management of ECSA (Exchange of Strategic Arrangements for Social Inclusion) Projects VS2003/0640 & VS2004/0739 funded by EC Social Inclusion Programme. Responsibility for promotion and dissemination of activities and results. Local project management for DESEO (Development of Equal Opportunities in Social Economy Territories) funded by the Equality Programme. Responsibility for promotion and dissemination of activities and results. Local Project Management of FP7 Projects ZeroWIN ( Zero Waste Industrial Networks) and LCA to Go ( Boosting Life Cycle Assessment for SME’s) and EPA (Environment Protection Agency) Cleaner Greener Production Programme (CGPP) Projects ZWPC (Zero-Waste Personal Computer and \"iameco2\" , aimed at developing prototype of an ecological computer (iameco). Responsibility for promotion and dissemination of activities and results. Project Management on behalf of Lead Beneficiary (Cork Centre for Architectural Education) for the NEES (Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability) Project. This project aims to identify promote and pilot products and services based on the use of natural materials and processes, that promote energy efficiency in existing housing in the Northern Periphery Region. Responsibility for promotion and dissemination of activities and results.

LIFE and COST Actions

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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

 Environmental Governance and Information

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

Co-ordination of LIFE Environment Project HEATSUN (LIFE00/ENV/IRL/000764) - Community based alternatives for eco-design, reuse and recycling of WEEE. Responsibility for extensive promotion and dissemination programme, including 100 page web site (40,000 visits), e-newsletter (circulation of 4,000) three own events, presentation and exhibitions at many conference and printed information including LIFE Programme Layman’s Report. Consultant on DEPOTEC (Pyrolysis of Tyres) Project (LIFE + ENV) = 2010-2011 for Ernside Engineering, Co. Cork. Evaluator for the LIFE + Programme.

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