The technology center CARTIF coordinates this European project that seeks to minimize the environmental impact of railway infrastructure constructions.

LIFE HUELLAS project is proposed to demosntrate that we can reduce the carbon footprint of rail infrastructure projects by 10% and its water footprint by 5%, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The consortium, leaded by Fundacion CARTIF, is formed by the companies VIAS y CONSTRUCCIONES and IK-ingenieria, jointyl with the Univeristy of Granada.

The project will be developed during 2013 to 2017. It is endowed with a budget of €1,408,055 of which €692,276 are funded by the EU. Its scope is European, although pilot testing will take place in Spain.

LIFE+ is the financial instrument of the European Union for the environment, has a total budget of 2.143M€ for the period 2007-2013.

The LIFE+ projects cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, climate change, environmental policy, and information and communication on environmental issues in all EU Member States.