Environment

Experts interviews

How to unleash investment in the circular economy
05/12/2016
Frido Kraanen is Principal Director Societal Impact for Dutch pensions service provider PGGM [https://www.pggm.nl/]. He was a speaker at the 20th European Forum on Eco-innovation, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia on 26-28 October 2016. Here, he discusses lessons learned by PGGM in redirecting...
EIB encouragement for circular economy financing: interview with Shiva Dustdar
10/10/2016
The European Investment Bank's (EIB) InnovFin Advisory service received requests from the European Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate General (DG R&I) and from the government of Luxembourg to study issues related to risk financing for circular economy projects. The result was a...
BRE Global: engaging with companies in the UK
10/10/2016
Although relatively new to ETV verification, BRE Global has established a firm foundation in this area, working with a number of companies that are now nearly ready to field-test their new products. We asked John Holden of BRE Global about the company’s ETV scheme.    Q. Tell us about BRE Global...
Investing to encourage innovation: Limburg in Belgium
30/05/2016
LRM is an investment company with a remit to promote innovation-based economic growth in the northeastern Belgian province of Limburg, on the border with the Netherlands. Among the core areas for LRM is “sustainable societies”: providing investment for low-cost sustainable production or the...
Ocean innovation: the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
18/05/2016
The French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER, Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer) is one of the world's leading oceanographic institutions. It has around 1600 staff and a remit to carry out targeted applied research on issues such as the impact of...
Interview: EIP Water seeks maximum benefits from existing water-related eco-innovation
05/05/2016
The next few years could see a flood of water-related technological innovation coming out of Europe, according to EIP Water – the European Innovation Partnership established under the European Union's Innovation Union initiative. To a great extent, those technologies already exist. However, to get...
Creating the conditions for ‘cleantech’: interview with Norberto Patrignani
31/03/2016
The Cleantech Incubation Europe INTERREG IVC project examined the support conditions needed by ‘cleantech’ entrepreneurs and start-ups. One outcome of the project, which concluded in 2014, was a Cleantech Incubation Policy and Practice handbook[1]. Professor Norberto Patrignani of I3P (Innovative...
Can companies become sustainable?
09/03/2016
Prof. Dr Erik G. Hansen is Head of the Institute for Integrated Quality Design at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. He researches sustainability-oriented innovation, new business model development and life-cycle-oriented product and quality design. In recent work[1], he has looked at the...
What does eco-innovation mean for you?  (Video)
09/02/2016
To tackle economic and environmental issues together, we need eco-innovation - what does it mean for you? We asked people from the policy and business worlds, from all over Europe, to tell us what it means to them.  The European Commission's Eco-innovation Action Plan aims at accelerating the...
Climate-KIC: building demand for eco-innovation
10/01/2016
Climate-KIC, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), is the European Union’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation. It coordinates programmes across Europe involving higher education institutions, research labs and companies...

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