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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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  • The benefits of verification  

    10/12/12

    The benefits of verification  
    A number of schemes are available to help eco-innovators move out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. One such scheme is offered by Isle Utilities, a British technology and innovation consultancy. Isle Utilities acts as a kind of dating agency bringing together eco-innovative technologies and research projects, and potential investors. This is done through the Isle Utilities Technology Approval Group (TAG).

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  • Promoting investment in sustainability: Green Funds

    13/11/12

    Promoting investment in sustainability: Green Funds
    Thousands of projects – from environmentally-friendly greenhouses and wind turbines, to organic farming and afforestation – have been implemented in the Netherlands with the support of a private investment scheme: the Green Funds Scheme.

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  • UK Energy Entrepreneurs' Fund opens for business

    01/10/12

    UK Energy Entrepreneurs' Fund opens for business
    Low-carbon entrepreneurs, in particular innovative individuals and small and medium-sized companies, could benefit from a £16 million (€20 million) call for proposals published by the British government at the end of August. The funding is available for projects that will largely be conducted in the United Kingdom, and the call is open until 31 October 2012.

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  • UK retailer declares financial benefits from eco-innovation

    14/09/12

    UK retailer declares financial benefits from eco-innovation
    A top British retailer says that sustainability and eco-innovation are boosting its bottom line.

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  • Driving eco-innovation: New insights from the UK

    14/12/11

    Driving eco-innovation: New insights from the UK
    British researchers shed new light on what drives some companies more than others to pursue eco-innovation. The findings are instructive to policy makers and business leaders alike.

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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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  • Helsinki eco-commerce hub supports regional eco-innovation

    26/10/11

    Helsinki eco-commerce hub supports regional eco-innovation
    The launch of a Chamber of Eco Commerce (CEC) hub in Helsinki offers a new platform to support regional eco innovation, providing access to global markets, advice and investment.

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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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  • Brussels forum focuses on improving funding efficiency for eco-innovators

    28/07/11

    Brussels forum focuses on improving funding efficiency for eco-innovators
    The 9th ETAP Forum in Brussels focused on improving understanding between companies, financiers and policymakers to ensure greater support for eco-innovative entrepreneurs in Europe.

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  • Flemish SME recounts pros and cons of going European

    28/07/11

    Flemish SME recounts pros and cons of going European
    OWS has contributed to eco-innovation research since 1993 with cutting-edge facilities winning it a place in EU projects but policymakers do not always share its views on innovation.

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  • Researching microbes to capture and store industrial CO2

    28/07/11

    Researching microbes to capture and store industrial CO2
    Belgian SME Biomim-Greenloop has set up a European research project into accelerated natural bio-based alternatives for carbon capture and storage in energy-intensive industries.

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  • Efficient production scheduling lessens environmental impacts

    28/07/11

    Efficient production scheduling lessens environmental impacts
    A recent Bulgarian study has shown that production scheduling – commonly used to optimise manufacturing efficiency – can also be used to reduce a plant’s environmental impact.

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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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  • Suez Environnement launches Blue Orange for start-ups

    28/07/11

    Suez Environnement launches Blue Orange for start-ups
    French water and waste giant Suez Environnement has created a €50 million investment fund to help eco-innovative start-ups develop their products and get them onto the market.

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  • Renault targets zero emissions in Moroccan car plant

    28/07/11

    Renault targets zero emissions in Moroccan car plant
    French carmaker Renault is creating the world’s first zero emissions factory on the outskirts of Tangier in Morocco, reflecting a company-wide commitment to environmental respect.

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  • Hungarian company overcomes problems in funding eco-industries

    28/07/11

    Hungarian company overcomes problems in funding eco-industries
    Wastewater specialist Organica Ecotechnologies, a pioneer of natural treatment methods in Easter Europe, attracted funds despite the long-term nature of its investments.

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  • New initiative for resource-efficient waste management in Ireland

    28/07/11

    New initiative for resource-efficient waste management in Ireland
    A new Irish law allows for flexibility in plastic bag and landfill levies, introduces incineration tax and aims at driving waste up the waste hierarchy towards recycling and reuse.

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  • Online waste exchange schemes redistribute reusable resources

    28/07/11

    Online waste exchange schemes redistribute reusable resources
    Portuguese waste operators will soon be able to trade non-toxic waste through an electronic marketplace. This will give companies the chance to benefit from the reuse of waste.

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  • Nordic firms make waste management smarter

    28/07/11

    Nordic firms make waste management smarter
    Swedish machine-to-machine communications specialist Maingate has teamed up with waste-equipment manufacturer Europress to haul waste-collection containers into the modern age.

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  • M&S aims to become world's most sustainable retailer

    28/07/11

    M&S aims to become world's most sustainable retailer
    Major UK group Marks & Spencer has launched a programme to become the world's most sustainable retailer by 2015. Plan A involves 80 commitments to eco-innovation and fair trade.

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  • UK retailers reduce their environmental impact

    28/07/11

    UK retailers reduce their environmental impact
    UK retailers have halved the amount of waste sent to landfill compared with 2005, while cutting energy-related emissions from buildings and CO2 emissions from goods transport by 18%.

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  • Scotland sets recycling priorities based on climate impact

    28/07/11

    Scotland sets recycling priorities based on climate impact
    A government agency has set a first by applying a ‘carbon’ factor to materials collected for recycling to prioritise those – such as textiles – with the biggest climate benefit.

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  • UK businesses wake up to resource efficiency

    28/07/11

    UK businesses wake up to resource efficiency
    A recent environment ministry report indicates significant progress by UK businesses in reaping resource-efficiency savings, but says this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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  • Industrial symbiosis continues onward and upward

    28/07/11

    Industrial symbiosis continues onward and upward
    A UK initiative that identifies synergies between businesses for economic, environmental and social benefit has chalked up impressive results and is now expanding into Europe.

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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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  • 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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  • Polish EcoFund offers template for eco-innovation funding

    05/11/08

    Polish EcoFund offers template for eco-innovation funding
    The EcoFund Foundation has provided highly effective funding to eco-innovation and environmental protection projects since 1992. It offers an ideal template for environmental project funding.

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  • Rural waste minimisation project saves money through resource efficiency

    05/11/08

    Rural waste minimisation project saves money through resource efficiency
    A business excellence through resource efficiency (Betre) project achieved phenomenal success promoting resource efficiency and waste minimisation among SMEs in the UK.

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  • Irish government consults on sustainable urban development

    04/08/08

    Irish government consults on sustainable urban development
    The Irish environment department has published draft planning guidelines on sustainable residential development in Irish cities, towns and villages for public consultation.

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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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