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Green Jobs and Skills


One of the key issues discussed during the EU Green Week 2014, which took place from 3rd-5th June in Brussels, is the need for more emphasis on green skills and green jobs. The European commitment to transition to a low-carbon economy is confirmed in the EU2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the 20-20-20 targets for 2020 (20% emissions reduction, 20% renewable energy share and 20% energy efficiency improvement).

The recently-published ‘Greener Skills and Jobs’ report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) draws attention to a number of factors which have a significant impact on the development of the skills, knowledge and competences that are to contribute to resource-efficient, competitive economic growth. 

The public sector holds the key to optimising public policy co-ordination by integrating green skills development into the wider training and skills development policy, matching public policy action while stimulating new markets (by increasing environmental standards and regulations), and by developing strategic capacity within micro, small, medium and large enterprises by helping them to engage with and invest in (often informal) training and skills development. As shown by the example of the Technical Accreditation Scheme led by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, the role of the private sector is also extremely important to help determine labour market needs and green skills gaps, and provide effective solutions.

Over the last few years, investment in research and development activities to help define and respond to industry and evolving market needs has increased, both at the European and national levels, and it is encouraging to see that at the onset of the new European financial perspective 2014-2020, there is increased commitment and also financial support (through the European Horizon 2020 and the Erasmus + programmes) to its continuation. 

A question then springs to mind: Given that the awareness of climate change implications and of the European focus and support on building a circular and prosperous economy are higher than ever before –  can Europe afford to have any jobs which are not ‘green’? Shouldn’t sustainability and greening become as inherent to our jobs and skills as economic prosperity? 

For more information visit www.greenweek2014.eu and www.oecd.org/knowledge-sharing-alliance/  
 

Green Banking


Over the last few years banks and bankers have frequently featured in the mass media – usually for the wrong reasons. However as one example shows – there is a (green) light at the end of the tunnel. Over the last 10 years, the Piraeus Bank, which is the largest Greek bank, has followed a deliberate long-term strategy to become a pioneer in green banking.

In 2004, the bank decided to embark on its green path by defining its Environmental Management Policy and review its own internal procedures, management practices as well as physical facilities to ensure that they were environmentally friendly. The bank soon moved on to supporting green business, by developing green banking products, services and customer support, and assessing and supporting green investments and facilitating the opening of new green markets.

The appetite for green banking has steadily grown even during the recent economic crisis. Today, Piraeus Bank is a leader in environmental banking in South Eastern Europe, with a portfolio of supported projects worth over €3 billion (including €1.58 billion funding provided by Piraeus Bank) and an impressive CO2 emissions savings of over 1 million tonnes in 2013. 

For more information visit www.greenbanking.gr/  

 


Focus On: Poland

Poland is one of the largest European Member States and an important economy in Europe. Its overall economic performance has been impressive over the last decade, allowing living standards to slowly climb towards the EU average.

Since joining the European Union, the country has invested heavily in improving its transport and environmental infrastructure, to help maximise opportunities for industrial development. Despite that, according to the2013 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking, eco-innovation remains one of many elements rather than a driving force for new business opportunities in Poland.

Examples of promising performance are particularly noticeable in water and energy management, hazardous waste treatment, energy efficiency and solar energy, but according to the Eco-innovation in Poland report by the Polish Institute of Structural Studies, the main barriers to eco-innovation are a relatively modest innovation potential, public and in particular business education and awareness, coherent public policies focused on green growth, as well as tools (ICT, business support) and financing.

For more information go to http://www.eco-innovation.eu/  


National Awards Ceremony: Netherlands

On 13th of May, the Netherlands held their National Award ceremony at the DNB (the National Bank of the Netherlands), celebrating both the award ceremony and the 200 year anniversary of the bank.

Mr. Brendan de Graaf (winner of the Prize for Sustainable Entrepreneurship 2014), HRH Queen Maxima and Mr. Klaas Knot (President of the Netherlandse Bank). Photo courtesy of Maarten Huisman.

HRH Queen Maxima handed out the prizes to the winners of the ‘King William I’ Prizes for Excellent Entrepreneurship and the specially dedicated Prize for Sustainable Entrepreneurship. The prize is named after King William I, especially known as the King Entrepreneur.

The winner and runners up for the Plaque for Sustainable Entrepreneurship have been nominated for the European Business Awards for the Environment 2014. The three finalists were Coöperation Texel Energie – a successful small scale fully sustainable energy supplier, Interfase Netherlands B.V. – a company that produces carpeting from redundant fishing nets from the Phillipines  and Unipro a company that very recently built the most sustainable factory in the Netherlands. The winner was Texel Energie, but as the Minister for the Environment, Mrs. Wilma Mansveld said, 'actually they were all winners'.  

There were 40 high quality entries for the Prize for Sustainable Entrepreneurship ranging from micro companies to multinationals, all perfect showcases, demonstrating that sustainability and entrepreneurship match perfectly, even in times of crisis.


Coordinator Catch Up: Malta

We caught up with National Coordinator Anton Pizzuto to find out how the national nominees for the European Business Awards for the Environment are selected in Malta

 

Anton Pizzuto

How does your competition work?

The competition is run by the Cleaner Technology Centre (based at the University of Malta). It is held every two years. The awards are judged by an appointed independent jury.

Who attended your national awards ceremony this year?

The awards were presented by the Minister for the Environment and among the 100 + guests were Government officials, leaders of industry, academia, and the media. Coverage in the media was both in print and online.

How do you promote the awards in Malta? 

The promotion of the awards are carried out using an extensive mailshot to potential applicants, adverts in the national papers and dedicated economic papers like Business Weekly and Commercial Courier. We also have the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry who alert their members through their newsletters. We also arrange for interviews on national TV as a way to promote the awards.

How were your applicants this year different from last year’s?

The most significant difference this year was that we received applications from the service and hospitality industry rather than the manufacturing industry as in previous years. We felt that this demonstrated that the message for environment protection awareness is spreading to all sectors where economic activity is taking place.

And finally, what difference do you think it makes winning the European Business Awards for the Environment?

Apart from acknowledging the efforts of the economic community to  improve its environmental protection performance, it also sends the signal that the awardees have combined profit-making with environmental responsibility. The EBAE winners are actual proof that environmental sustainability and economic performance are not incompatible.


Promoters Network Corner

EUROCHAMBRES features success stories on energy efficiency


In recent years, rising energy prices and economic hardship have challenged the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Europe. However, building on their capacity to innovate, an increasing number of SMEs has developed pioneering actions, leading to significant cuts in their energy consumption and allowing them to rise to the new challenges of the global economy.

On 24 June, EUROCHAMBRES will present a new publication illustrating energy efficiency support services and impressive success stories from innovative SMEs across Europe. As an official part of the European Sustainable Energy Week 2014, the publication launch in Brussels will be followed by a panel discussion on how to tackle the untapped energy efficiency potential of European businesses. Speakers will include EU officials and Chamber representatives.

More information and registration: www.eusew.eu/...

More information about EBAE

What are the main benefits of applying for the European Business Awards for the Environment? Our top three reasons are here: 

  • Be recognised on a European level for your achievements and raise the morale of your staff 
  • Benefit from widespread media and industry coverage for your company
  • Gain credibility with policy makers who have environmental concerns

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the European Business Awards for the Environment? 
The European Business Awards for the Environment are designed to recognise and promote organisations that make an outstanding contribution to sustainable development. Every two years, the European Commission is pleased to reward successful companies that demonstrate commitment to putting sustainable development into action while maintaining economic viability. The awards highlight policies, practices, processes and products from all sectors of business in the European Union that help to achieve ‘economic and social development without detriment to the environment and natural resources upon the quality of which continued human activity and further development depend’.

Who can apply for a European Business Award for the Environment? 

The European Business Awards for the Environment are open to finalists in national competitions in one of the 27 EU Member States or candidate countries. The awards classify EU companies into two categories: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, or Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Industries; and Major Corporations (or large companies).

How do I get involved in the European Business Awards for the Environment competition? 

Only winners and runners-up of the national competitions and specially commended companies may apply to the European Awards for the Environment.  Direct entries are not possible. Applicants must first have entered one of the national award schemes and be chosen to compete at European level. Submission of entries to the European awards competition is managed by national coordinating bodies.

To find out how to enter your national competition, visit: ec.europa.eu/environment/awards/in_your_country.html 

Who can I contact for further information and advice?

European coordinators 
Janice Mc-Hugh
Tel.: +32 2 990383 
E-mail: Janice.Mc-Hugh@ec.europa.eu 

European Business Awards for the Environment Secretariat and Press Office
Sue Deans and Aimee Bateas
Tel: +44 1223 208 655 and +44 20 7400 8990
E-mail: eu.business.awards.environment@hanovercomms.com


Upcoming events

21-26 June
Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF 2014) ESOF 2014 
Copenhagen is an open platform for debating science and a showcase for European and global research at all levels. The 2014 meeting is entitled “Science Building Bridges.”

23-26 June
22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition 
Highlights progress in research, technological development and production processes and brings together all key specialists to make it the most important international platform for dialogue between research, industry, research and industry, and policy in the biomass sector.

23-27 June
European Sustainable Energy Week 
The premier event dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy in Europe Business

2 July
Green Leader Awards 
Celebrates the leading businesses, executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and campaigners from across the green economy, highlighting how these pioneers are driving the emergence of innovative and sustainable new business models. The theme of this year's awards is inspiring innovation.

11-13 August
ICEPR 2014 - 4th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation 
Brings together the international community working in the field of environmental sciences, engineering, and technology, and aims to foster an environment conducive to present advances in this field.


What's Trending

Innovation Union Scoreboard

The Innovation Union’s performance scoreboard 2014 report confirms that the European Union’s (EU) overall performance in research and innovation activities is improving steadily, and the gap between the most and least innovative countries is showing a decreasing tendency even if the progress is relatively slow.

The scoreboard framework examines three main types of indicators including:

  • Enablers (the main external drivers of innovation performance, including human resources, open, excellent and attractive research systems, and finance and support)
  • Firm activities (the innovation efforts at a firm level, including firm investments, linkages and entrepreneurship and intellectual assets) and
  • Outputs (innovators and economic effects)

The report divides the EU countries into four performance groups:
  • Innovation Leaders (including Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Germany)
  • Innovation Followers (including Belgium, Estonia, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia and the UK)
  • Moderate Innovators (including Croatia, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Spain) and
  • Modest Innovators (including Bulgaria, Latvia and Romania)


Portugal, Estonia and Latvia are the countries which have improved their performance the most over the last years. At a European level, particular progress has been noted in the openness and attractiveness of the EU research system as well as business innovation collaboration and the commercialisation of knowledge as measured by licence and patent revenues from abroad. However, the growth of public R&D expenditures over the last years was offset by a continuous decline in venture capital investments and non-R&D innovation investments in companies.


Water Innovation

Recently in abundance in many parts of Europe due to heavy rainfalls, water is not only a precondition for human, animal and plant life but also a key resource for the economy. Over the last two decades water has been an important element of European environmental policy and research, and in recent years its prominence and role has significantly increased thanks to a renewed focus on resource efficient economy, climate change mitigation and climate resilient infrastructure. This focus has been emphasised in a number of key policies and initiatives, including the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources, the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, Resource Efficient Europe and the European Innovation Partnership on Water.

For more information on water-related EU policies and funding opportunities go to: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/index_en.htm


Full speed ahead for EU funding calls

The biggest EU financial instrument for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, was officially launched in December 2013 and will see its first funding calls close in March 2014. Thousands of organisations across Europe are working on developing competitive projects, and websites such as CORDISEnterprise Europe Network and LinkedIn offer many partnering opportunities.

For more information go to: to:http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm?pg=home


Upcoming events

29 March 2014
WWF Earth Hour
The world's biggest call to action on the threats facing our planet. Encourages individuals, businesses and organisations to sign up and switch off all non-essential lighting at 8.30pm.

6 - 7 May 2014
PEF Food Conference 
International conference on Environmental Footprinting in the food & drink sector and beyond. The event focuses on the Environmental Footprint Initiative by the European Commission

12 - 16 May 2014
Green Office Week
Encourages office workers to 'Spring in to Action' to help their office environment work for the natural environment in practical ways.

3 - 6 June 2014
Green Week
The biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place at The Egg Conference Centre, Rue Bara, in Brussels. The theme will be Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste.


National Awards Cermony: Germany

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment (IKU). For the fourth time, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Federal Environment Ministry awarded prizes for outstanding innovation in climate and environmental protection on 3 December 2013 in Berlin.

Winners of the Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment in Berlin where they received their awards © IKU/Kruppa


Chaired by the former German Minister for the Environment, Prof. Klaus Töpfer, the high-level jury selected winners for the five categories from nearly 100 entries.

Joint project Daimler AG and the Gebr, Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH won in the Process Innovations for Climate Protection category for their development of a world novel, patented method of coating cylinder surfaces in aluminium, reducing CO2 emissions.

Product and Service Innovations for Climate Protection was awarded to the Leibinger GmbH for its new method of bottling carbonated and oxygen- sensitive beverages in bottles.

Evonik Industries AG and SEPURAN ® Green both won in the Environmentally Friendly Technologies category.

Saint-Gobain Weber GmbH was awarded the Eco-friendly products and services prize for an innovative finishing coat which protects facades with a moisture balance against fungal and algae growth and groundwater from biocides.

Two entries won in the category of Technology Transfer for their innovative improvements to care in developing countries: The AUTARCON GmbH convinced the jury with the development of SuMeWa | SYSTEMS and OSRAM won with the development of the “Off-Grid Lighting Concepts, ”which allows access to efficient and safe lighting in remote parts of Kenya with the help of rental and recharging stations.

More information about the winners of the IKU 2013 is available on www.iku-innovationspreis.de


Focus On: Greece

Pieterjan RobijnAs Greece continues to work towards economic recovery, its current Presidency of the Council of the European Union focuses on a number of priority areas, including the promotion of policies and actions for achieving growth, combating unemployment, promoting economic and social cohesion and structural reforms.

According to the Greek National Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation 2014-2020, expenditure on innovation is expected to account for 8% of the total budget, and research will be primarily focused on selected priority areas, with ‘Environment’ being one of the key sectors, in line with the national strategic objective for Green Growth. It is therefore expected that funding available for eco-innovation and energy investments will see a reasonable increase, stimulated to a large extent by the allocation of European Structural Funds.

As indicated in the recent Eco-innovation Observatory country report, Greece has seen an improvement in company-level eco-innovation activities targeting energy and material efficiency improvements. Other dynamic areas of green investment include the food sector (and in particular olive oil and wine production), chemical industry, waste management and the green tourism industry.

For more information on Greek environmental priorities please refer to http://www.ypeka.gr/Default.aspx?tabid=230&language=en-US


Coordinator Catch Up: Bulgaria

We caught up with National Coordinator Gaby Marinova to find out how the national nominees for the European Business Awards for the Environment are selected in Bulgaria.

Pieterjan RobijnCould you set the scene for us a little and explain how your national awards work? 

BBLF’s 2013 Responsible Business Awards were granted at a formal ceremony at Sofia Hotel Balkan on 25 February. Official guests of the ceremony were Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Deputy Minister of Economy and Energy, Deputy Minister of Education and Science and the Mayor of Sofia.

What kind of companies entered your awards? 

The BBLF awards are a national competition and companies of all sizes or sectors can nominate their projects. The aim of the Annual Responsible Business Awards is to encourage the responsible behaviour of companies by indicating that successful and sustainable companies invest in community projects too as well as to highlight the best practices.

Who attended the awards ceremony? 

Over 300 guests: senior business representatives, public figures, diplomats and media attended the ceremony and were the first to know which projects were deemed the best ones and congratulated the winners.

How do you promote the awards? 

We promoted the awards on our corporate FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter profiles at several stages: upon opening the nomination process, extending the deadline for it and the award ceremony itself. We believe we were thus able to reach audiences that would have remained under our radar. It resulted in an increased awareness of both the contest (manifested in the greater number of participants) and the award ceremony.

How were applicants different from last year’s? 

An all-time high record number of companies entered the 11th edition of this country’s most prestigious CSR contest: 56 companies or 10% more than the previous year submitted their nominations for the awards. We have witnessed a rise of 300% in CSR efforts of businesses ever since the launch of the awards in 2003. An equal number of members and non-members entered the contest this year and projects implemented across the country were nominated.

How do the national awards and ceremony contribute to the business community in Bulgaria?

Corporate responsibility projects are a long-term investment that guarantees sustainability and provides a stable basis for future development. A decade ago there were few companies that implemented CSR projects, whereas today most companies, both international and Bulgarian ones, are involved in community projects in one way or another. Good causes do make waves and are a clear sign of maturity of the entire community.


Where Are They Now? Sotral

Distribution logistics provider for public food services Sotral won the Management category in 2006 for their project “Management for Eco-efficiency in Public Catering.” We found out how it has impacted their business since winning the award.

In 2003 this Italian company identified environmental innovation as a level for competitiveness, leading to the adoption of their Life Cycle Thinking, a philosophy that runs through every business decision they make.

Speaking about the EBAE, Isabelle Lacourt of Sotral said: “The award has given a small company like Sotral the authoritativeness and therefore the legitimacy to pursue its commitment in sustainable development since 2006.

“The company has been able to make synergy between such visibility and a voluntary certification system. As a consequence the company's growth has shown a steady increase in sales from 2005 to 2011 based on the extension of the geographical area of activity. Now this SME is preparing to internationalize its business”.


Promotors Network Corner

A STEEEP increase in energy savings for SMEs

EUROCHAMBRES has launched a training programme to support 630 SMEs across Europe to achieve 10-15% energy savings.

Short for “Support and Training for Excellent Energy Efficiency Programme,” STEEEP will provide tailored training and guidance on effective energy management tools and practices for SMEs from various sectors.

The companies will learn to measure and consequently control energy costs more efficiently. In addition, an experienced academic partner will scientifically evaluate the potential for energy savings, set efficiency targets and monitor progress in reducing energy consumption.

The project is co-financed by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, and EUROCHAMBRES is coordinating it, with Chambers of Commerce and Industry from 10 different countries as partners. As many as 315 thematic workshops for SMEs will take place after the capacity building of national and regional Chambers.

STEEEP will contribute to the EU’s goal of increasing energy efficiency by 2020, while at the same time providing European SMEs with an opportunity to make substantial savings.

For more information, please contact EUROCHAMBRE (Ms Nicoletta Favaretto, favaretto@eurochambres.eu)


European Business Awards for the Environment | Newsletter

Issue #22, March 2014

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Coordinator Catch Up

Every national European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) competition is different, so we interviewed Pieterjan Robijn, National Coordinator for Belgium, to find out more about the Belgian competition.

Pieterjan RobijnHow does your competition work?
 
Awarded by an independent jury every two years, the competition is an initiative of Business & Society Belgium. It is also supported by the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (FEB), RoulartaBNP Paribas FortisElia and Siemens.

Who attended the awards ceremony?
 
Our national awards were well attended, with around 100 attendees from the business world, academic centres, government representatives and media coming to champion our companies.
 
How do you promote the awards?
 
We were profiled in the widely read economic weekly Trends and the economic news channel Kanaal Z. In terms of promotion, we use our TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook pages, which enabled our business partners to share information with their contacts via email and their own websites.
 
How were applicants different from last year’s?
 
The jury was struck by the economic maturity of most applications. Sustainable development is no longer only about adaptations of technologies; of existing products or services, but how we see bold innovation, the investigation of new markets where developed projects show themselves as competitive compared to “conventional” equivalents. This is a significant advance over the period of the “green pioneers”.
 
And finally, what difference do you think it makes winning the European Business Awards for the Environment?
 
The national awards are not only a reward of sustainability initiatives, but also show the business community how creativity and willpower lead to new sustainability business models that are particularly competitive. 


Where Are They Now?

Winning a European Business Award for the Environment puts companies in the spotlight for their commitment to environmental sustainability, but it also helps push the business case for social and environmental responsibility. We caught up with the winner of the 2012 Product Award, Aquamarine Power, a company that has grown through its innovative approach and is now setting its sights on internationalising its client base.

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Aquamarine Power is a small company with a big ambition to create electricity from ocean waves. Their Oyster wave energy technology has the capability to capture the energy in near shore waves and transform it into clean power.

The Edinburgh-based firm has already succeeded in installing two full-scale Oyster wave energy machines at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland.
 
Their goal is now to commercialise the technology and develop ocean energy farms around the world.
 
“Winning a European Business Award for the Environment was a great highlight for our business,” says company Chief Executive Officer Martin McAdam. “We need to ensure policy makers and investors in Europe and around the world understand the incredible potential of ocean energy, and this high-profile award helped increase our impact in Brussels and beyond.” 


National Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Ibec Environment Awards, the national awards for Ireland. With over 50 applications, the chairman of judges released the names of four extraordinary companies in a prestigious awards ceremony on 29 November. They will now go on to represent Ireland in the 2014 European awards programme.

(left to right: Martin Cooney, Arthur Cox; Declan Crosse, Wood Energy Solutions; Danny McCoy, Ibec; Charlie Coakley, Dawn Meats; Minister Phil Hogan, T. D.; Louis Collins, Astellas)(left to right: Martin Cooney, Arthur Cox; Declan Crosse, Wood Energy Solutions; Danny McCoy, Ibec; Charlie Coakley, Dawn Meats; Minister Phil Hogan, T. D.; Louis Collins, Astellas)
The winners were: Astellas Ireland, Winner of the Overall Environmental Excellence Award and Environmental Management Award, Wood Energy Solutions, Winner of the Product and Services Award, Dawn Meats, Winner of the Process Award and finally, Arthur Cox, Winner of the International Business Cooperation Award.

Announcing the winners at the event, Ireland’s Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said: “The Ibec Environment Awards are about acknowledging and championing progressive organisations in Ireland that have demonstrated a commitment to protecting and improving our environment.  I’d like to acknowledge the efforts of all of the participants and thank them for their individual contributions towards a healthy and sustainable environment.”   
 
Connect with Ibec on Twitter or Linkedin.


What's Trending

Horizon 2020

The new European Union (EU) financial instrument for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, will be officially launched in January 2014, but the first funding calls are already being announced today (11 December 2013). Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of €80 billion, Horizon 2020 will focus on securing Europe's global competitiveness and sustainable growth. Built on three pillars – Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges – Horizon 2020 will fund activities ranging from frontier science to close-to-market innovation. The environmental objectives of Horizon 2020 follow the EU's focus on securing sustainable and competitive growth, with a particular emphasis on bioeconomy and circular economy opportunities. Speaking to an audience in Sweden via video message on 3 December 2013, the European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik reiterated that 'Boosting sustainable, resource-efficient, low-carbon growth will remain one of the Commission's priorities for the next 7 years and we will continue to support this through our policies and funding initiatives'. The EU focus on encouraging and supporting green growth through sustainable and environmentally responsible management approaches, and eco-innovative products and processes is reflected in all three pillars of Horizon 2020, and in particular in the objectives of Societal Challenge 5 - Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. Funding will be provided to projects helping to achieve resource and water efficiency, sustainable supply and use of raw materials, encouraging protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and contributing to building a climate change resilient economy and society. Funding opportunities for renewable energy and energy efficiency feature in the Secure, clean and efficient Energy Societal Challenge. For more information please click here.

The new LIFE

The new Programme for the Environment and Climate Action – LIFE is proposed to have a budget of €3.2 billion over 2014-2020. The new LIFE Programme is the single biggest funding mechanism for biodiversity protection, environment and climate change actions outside Horizon 2020, and it is a successor to the existing LIFE+ Programme. The first funding call is expected to be launched in late Spring 2014. For more information please click here.  

Let's Clean Up Europe

Preparations began following an announcement made by the European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, for a new initiative ‘Let’s Clean Up Europe’, which will take place across Europe on 10th May 2014. The initiative aims to raise awareness and mobilise a wider society, businesses and non-governmental organisations to do something practical for the environment. For more information and to register your clean up initiative please click here.


Focus On: Lithuania

As Lithuania's EU Presidency is coming to an end, the Member State is reflecting on its achievements of the past six months.

One of the key environmental milestones was the new multilateral environmental agreement - Minamata Convention - on mercury, which the Lithuanian Minister of Environment, Valentinas Mazuronis, and the European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, signed on behalf of the EU. The long-awaited agreement will result in subsequent decrease of mercury emissions and the impact thereof on human health and the environment. 

For a country with relatively limited natural resources but a great potential for competitive technology and dynamic manufacturing sector, eco-innovative processes and products can offer a significant advantage and opportunity. According to a study conducted by the European Eco-innovation Observatory, Lithuanian sectors such as renewable energy, construction, waste management, transport and logistics, and oil spill remediation are expected to see growth, both as a result of capable and efficient use of European Structural funding but also the country’s own investment and strategy efforts, and in particular the Cleaner Production Strategy.
 
Lithuania is also an active participant in the European Framework Programme 7, the LIFE programme, and the Eco-innovation Programme. Over the last eight years, Lithuania has participated in a number of LIFE funded projects focusing on nature conservation and biodiversity protection, and some of its Eco-innovation programme funded projects focus on marine litter, and waste reduction in the fish farming and fishing industry.


Upcoming events

22 – 24 January, 2014

Salzburg, Austria

13th International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC 2014
The IERC is an international platform for discussion of the latest developments and challenges relating to electronics recycling.

26 – 29 January, 2014

Copenhagen, Denmark

FRESH and European Sustainable Events Conference 2014
The European Green Capital 2014 Copenhagen is hosting the FRESH and European Sustainable Events Conference (ESEC) at the beginning of 2014.

20 – 21 February, 2014

Brussels, Belgium

Conference on Products Policy – International Trends in Ecodesign & Energy labelling The EU is organising an international conference on ecodesign and energy labelling featuring keynote speakers from government, industry, civil society and the European Commission.

24 – 25 February, 2014

Bremen, Germany

International Conference on Regional Climate Adaptation and Resilience towards Climate Adapted and Resilient Regions 2014
The two-day event will be hosted by “nordwest2050”, a practice-oriented research project aiming at increasing the ability of the Metropolitan Area Bremen-Oldenburg to deal with climate change in selected fields and to implement measures into regional planning and development processes.

26 – 28 February, 2014

Wels, Austria

World Sustainable Energy Days 2014 International Conference
The international experts and key-note speakers present at WSED 2014 will discuss the latest updates, and challenges that still exist, in tackling issues such as renewable energy; energy efficiency in buildings and transport; pellets; efficient and sustainable buildings; sustainable energy technologies; and policies and programmes.

5 – 7 March, 2014

Sofia, Bulgaria

South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Looking at world trends, the 10th exhibition presents the latest energy efficient solutions, systems for energy storage, technologies for the production of bio-, hydro, solar, geothermal and wind energy, energy from waste and electric vehicle innovation.


European Business Awards for the Environment | Newsletter

Issue #21, December 2013

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