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European Eco-Innovation Forum examines the financing needs of pioneering SMEs
05/12/2016
The 20th European Forum on Eco-Innovation, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia, from 26-28 October 2016, showed that small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are taking a pioneering role in developing circular economy business models, which could in time be scaled up to have an economy-wide impact...
Shoes as a solution to ocean plastic
05/12/2016
German sportswear giant Adidas has set itself the goal of producing 1 million pairs of UltraBOOST Uncaged sports shoes by the end of 2017. It might not sound unusual that Adidas is producing large numbers of sports shoes, but these shoes are different – they are made from plastic recovered from the...
10/11/2016
A wide range of SMEs and investors gathered in Tallinn, Estonia, from 26-28 October 2016 to explore new financing opportunities for eco-innovative SMEs that are moving to a circular economy business model. The 20th European Forum on Eco-innovation brought together representatives from nearly all EU...
Company turns insect-based biorefining into reality
10/10/2016
A French company that farms insects has gone from incubation in 2011 to the construction of a full-scale demonstration biorefinery in late 2015. On the way, the company, Ynsect, has collected a number of eco-innovation awards and serious financial backing, including a €2 million investment from...
Recovering power from transport and motion
30/05/2016
Capturing kinetic energy, or the energy generated by an object in motion, could prove to be an alternative to energy from traditional sources, such as fossil fuels, in energy efficient systems. Kinetic energy recovery is already used in, for example, Formula 1 motor racing, where the energy...
Investors to assess climate risk in France
30/05/2016
Large companies are increasingly required to report on their greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. But a new law – an amendment to France's Energy Transition Law – makes France the first country to introduce mandatory climate reporting for investors, though similar ideas have...
Clean power from underwater kites
18/05/2016
A company with its origins in Swedish aerospace and automobile company Saab is moving towards installation of an underwater power plant that it claims will produce energy cost effectively and with minimal environmental impact. The company, Minesto, has developed what looks like an underwater kite...
Construction sector builds on eco-innovation
05/05/2016
The market for construction products offers a substantial opportunity for circular economy business models. Rather than being manufactured from virgin materials, many construction products – such as building and insulation materials – can be recovered and recycled from construction and demolition...
Slovenian company specialises in new windows from old
05/05/2016
A Slovenian company that emerged from a farming cooperative to become a manufacturer of windows is leading a move away from synthetic window frames to a new generation of recyclable frames made from wood and aluminium, which are suitable for passive and low-energy houses and applications. The...
Pan-European project tests and values water technologies
09/03/2016
A project to test eco-innovative technologies that conserve and improve water resources is underway at five sites across Europe. In its second phase, the DESSIN project (“Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enabling Innovation in the Water Sector”) will also calculate the additional economic value that...

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