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  • Foundation promotes circular economy around the world

    29/04/13

    Foundation promotes circular economy around the world
    A foundation established by former round-the-world yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur is aiming to deepen the understanding of major corporations about the concept of the circular economy, and thereby to change their behaviour.

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  • Last call for innovative energy projects to enter Sustainable Energy Europe Awards 2013    

    28/02/13

    Last call for innovative energy projects to enter Sustainable Energy Europe Awards 2013    
    The European Union's premier awards for groundbreaking sustainable energy projects will be given out for the eighth time at EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), which takes place from 24-28 June. There is still time for innovative projects to be put forward for an award, but project promoters need to act quickly: the deadline for submissions is 8 March.

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  • Venture capital: interest in eco-innovation

    15/01/13

    Venture capital: interest in eco-innovation
    Venture capital, or funds provided by investors to start-ups and small companies with the potential for growth, has poured into so-called “cleantech” sectors in the last few years.

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  • New tool to boost eco-innovation in SMEs

    12/12/11

    New tool to boost eco-innovation in SMEs
    The EU-funded LiMaS project has developed a web-based tool to facilitate eco-innovation in SMEs, leading to the development of products with an improved environmental performance.

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  • Getting new water technologies out there

    12/11/11

    Getting new water technologies out there
    The INNOWATER partnership seeks to plug the knowledge gap on marketing new water technologies by helping innovators and water users better understand their value – and one another.

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  • Search engines go green

    12/11/11

    Search engines go green
    Start-up enterprises are innovating with green search engines channelling some Internet advertising and retail sales revenues to environmental causes – as demonstrated by Ecosia.

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  • Unlocking Europe’s bio-based innovation potential

    03/10/11

    Unlocking Europe’s bio-based innovation potential
    The Europe-wide BIOCHEM project offers SMEs the market insight, business and technical tools, and access to people and resources to drive their innovations with bio-based products.

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  • New standards for WEEE management in Europe

    04/09/11

    New standards for WEEE management in Europe
    Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) collection and recovery organisations from across Europe have reached an agreement on a new set of standards for WEEE management.

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  • Greener supply chains boost manufacturing performance

    28/07/11

    Greener supply chains boost manufacturing performance
    A recent study into collaborations in supply chains revealed that better environmental management practices can improve manufacturing quality and reduce costs.

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  • Innovative financial solutions needed for sustainable environmental management

    28/07/11

    Innovative financial solutions needed for sustainable environmental management
    Two partially concurrent conferences in Switzerland addressed the question of how the financial sector could protect sustainability and find market-based solutions to the plethora of environmental challenges.

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  • 2008 record year for clean technology venture investment

    28/07/11

    2008 record year for clean technology venture investment
    Clean technology venture investment reached record heights in 2008 despite the economic downturn. Figures published in the USA show global investment in this area was €6.3 billion.

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  • Recommendations for the European chemicals industry call for a greener approach

    28/07/11

    Recommendations for the European chemicals industry call for a greener approach
    A report published by the High Level Group of the European chemicals industry has called for a shift to ‘greener’ methods in the sector, in order to protect its competitiveness.

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  • EC and EIF support funds investing in eco-innovative SMEs

    28/07/11

    EC and EIF support funds investing in eco-innovative SMEs
    The European Commission supports the development of eco-innovative enterprises, particularly SMEs, by facilitating their access to finance through the European Investment Fund (EIF).

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  • Swedish business leaders champion green path to profits

    28/07/11

    Swedish business leaders champion green path to profits
    The BLICC is calling for an ambitious climate agreement from the COP 15, and is striving to make companies recognise that environmentally friendly actions can also be profitable.

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  • Business embraces clean technology to increase sustainability

    28/07/11

    Business embraces clean technology to increase sustainability
    Large companies are becoming ever more involved in clean technologies as they find new sources of income by increasing sustainability and manufacturing more eco-friendly products.

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  • Funding excellence in eco-innovation

    28/07/11

    Funding excellence in eco-innovation
    45 projects have been selected under the 2009 CIP Eco-innovation call. €32 million has been provided in funding to help turn these green projects into environmental solutions.

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  • Rewarding Europe’s best green businesses

    28/07/11

    Rewarding Europe’s best green businesses
    Belgian, German, Spanish and UK companies won 2010 European Business Awards for the Environment. These recognise companies making an outstanding contribution to sustainable development.

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  • Green innovation: cleaning up industry or cleaner industry?

    28/07/11

    Green innovation: cleaning up industry or cleaner industry?
    Sustainability and green growth were major issues at the 2010 European Business Summit (EBS), the leading forum for business leaders and decision makers in Brussels on 30 June and 1 July.

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  • Encouraging innovative biolubricants SMEs

    28/07/11

    Encouraging innovative biolubricants SMEs
    The EU Sixth Framework Programme IBIOLAB project supported biolubricants sector SMEs in developing new products to enhance their market share and reinforce their competitiveness.

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  • Spanish brewer wins 2010 EMAS award for resource efficiency

    28/07/11

    Spanish brewer wins 2010 EMAS award for resource efficiency
    The largest beer factory in Europe won an EU eco-management award for reducing waste to landfill by 90%, halving CO2 emissions and cutting water consumption over the last decade.

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  • Cleantech investment: a key component for Europe’s sustainable future

    24/01/11

    Cleantech investment: a key component for Europe’s sustainable future
    Young entrepreneurial companies in the clean technology sector require better support to thrive, according to the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA).

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  • European chemical and water sectors team up to cut water use

    17/06/10

    European chemical and water sectors team up to cut water use
    The European technology platforms for sustainable chemistry and water supply and sanitation are working together on an integrated management system to reduce water use in Europe.

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  • Removing barriers to eco-innovation SMEs

    15/04/10

    Removing barriers to eco-innovation SMEs
    Eco-innovation SMEs can help Europe bridge the gap between economic growth and environmental sustainability. However, existing barriers hampering their development must first be removed.

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  • GEEREF channels €22 million into African and Asian energy projects

    26/03/09

    GEEREF channels €22 million into African and Asian energy projects
    The Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) has announced an initial €22 million investment in funds for renewable and sustainable energy projects in Africa and Asia.

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  • 2008 record year for clean technology venture investment

    13/03/09

    Clean technology venture investment reached record heights in 2008 despite the economic downturn. Figures published in the USA show global investment in this area was €6.3 billion.

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  • Intelligent manufacture and environmental management standards cut energy and waste

    06/01/09

    Intelligent manufacture and environmental management standards cut energy and waste
    Researchers in Ireland urge industry chiefs to incorporate intelligent manufacturing processes and international environmental management standards to guarantee sustainability.

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  • Commission reports doubling of EU green state aid

    06/11/08

    Commission reports doubling of EU green state aid
    State aid for environmental improvement has risen dramatically, according to the European Commission. The recent revision of 2001 guidelines now includes bonus increases for eco-innovation.

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  • Sharing eco-friendly patents on global basis

    24/07/08

    Sharing eco-friendly patents on global basis
    Global businesses are set to share patents with other companies to reduce environmental impacts. This will help develop products, processes and services protecting the environment.

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