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  • Agriculture

    • German start-up offers eco-efficient urban farms

      11/02/14

      German start-up offers eco-efficient urban farms
      A small German eco-innovation company is attracting attention after winning a most-promising start-up award in the "agriculture, water and waste" category at the Cleantech Open Global Forum, a major cleantech innovation event held in Silicon Valley, California, in November 2013.

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      • Agriculture,
      • Water
      • Germany
    • German start-up offers eco-efficient urban container farming

      11/02/14

      German start-up offers eco-efficient urban container farming
      A small German eco-innovation company is attracting attention after winning a most-promising start-up award in the "agriculture, water and waste" category at the Cleantech Open Global Forum, a major cleantech innovation event held in Silicon Valley, California, in November 2013.

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      • Agriculture,
      • Water
      • Germany
    • Organic farming goes in circles  

      27/01/14

      Organic farming goes in circles  
      A Slovakian eco-entrepreneur wants to promote outside his home country a system for the mechanical cultivation of agricultural soils that can work entirely without oil as an energy input.

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      • Agriculture
      • Slovakia
    • EcoWater: Modelling the impact of environmental technology on water systems

      11/06/13

      EcoWater: Modelling the impact of environmental technology on water systems
      A European research project led by the Environmental and Energy Management Research Unit of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, is developing complex indicators to measure the impact of eco-innovative technologies on ecosystems.

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      • Agriculture,
      • Industry
      • Eu
    • Producing omega-3s – with algae

      26/10/11

      Producing omega-3s – with algae
      A newly designed system for the cultivation of algae has highlighted the commercial potential for a range of algae-derived products; above all, production of omega-3 fatty acids.

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      • Agriculture
      • Austria
    • Natural pest management cuts rice waste

      30/05/11

      Natural pest management cuts rice waste
      A EUREKA project has come up with a novel combination of natural methods to keep rice safe from insects and fungi during storage, providing a welcome substitute for pesticides.

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      • Agriculture
      • Eu
    • Reducing the environmental impact of agriculture through biotechnology

      24/01/11

      Reducing the environmental impact of agriculture through biotechnology
      Biotechnology can play a major role in helping farmers overcome challenges such as protecting crops against insects, weeds and disease, as well as battling vagaries of the weather.

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      • Agriculture,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Cultivating crops on city rooftops

      09/03/10

      Cultivating crops on city rooftops
      Climate change and population growth mean walls, balconies and roofs across Europe's cities could take on a greener complexion as food production becomes part of the urban landscape.

      Read more

      • Agriculture,
      • Construction
      • Eu
    • Danish LED greenhouse system lights path to energy savings

      28/04/09

      Danish LED greenhouse system lights path to energy savings
      A LED system producing photosynthetic wavelengths of light could result in dramatic energy savings for plant growers. The concept was developed in the University of Southern Denmark.

      Read more

      • Agriculture,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Denmark
    • Agricultural research institute focuses on renewable energy

      28/04/09

      Agricultural research institute focuses on renewable energy
      A new UK centre of excellence for environmental and energy research could increase renewable energy in agricultural, while also investigating use of alternative bioenergy sources.

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      • Agriculture
      • United Kingdom
  • Air quality

    • Tallinn becomes “capital of free public transport”

      17/06/13

      Tallinn becomes “capital of free public transport”
      On 1 January 2013, Tallinn, Estonia became the first European capital to extend free public transport to all of its residents. The results so far have been encouraging. The Tallinn authorities believe that, if done right, free public transport schemes can encourage a shift from cars to buses and trams, can cut congestion and traffic emissions, and can boost economic development.

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      • Air quality,
      • Cities,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Transport
      • Estonia
    • Belgian lorry plant achieves zero CO2 emissions

      12/03/09

      Belgian lorry plant achieves zero CO2 emissions
      Lorry maker Volvo Trucks teamed up with energy supplier Electrabel to make its Europa plant in Ghent, Belgium the first in the world to operate with no net carbon dioxide emissions.

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      • Air quality,
      • Energy efficiency
      • Belgium
    • European Mobility Week calls for Clean Air for All

      22/01/09

      European Mobility Week calls for Clean Air for All

      More than 200 million citizens across Europe and around the world participated in the 7th European Mobility Week. The central theme of this year’s event was ‘Clean Air for All’.

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      • Air quality,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Developing second-generation biofuels for commercial flights

      20/11/08

      Developing second-generation biofuels for commercial flights
      Airbus and Honeywell are working with others to develop biofuels that could satisfy nearly a third of global demand from commercial aircraft by 2030 without affecting food supplies

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      • Air quality,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Transport
      • Eu
  • Biodiversity

    • Socks from the sea

      11/06/13

      Socks from the sea
      Humanity faces many thorny environmental challenges, but one of the most difficult is how to clean up the seas, which have long been used as a dumping ground for waste. A pioneering initiative involving organisations in the Netherlands, Italy and Slovenia is showing how one type of waste – abandoned fishing nets – can be recovered from the oceans and turned into useful consumer products.

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      • Biodiversity,
      • Waste
      • Eu
  • Cities

    • Tallinn becomes “capital of free public transport”

      17/06/13

      Tallinn becomes “capital of free public transport”
      On 1 January 2013, Tallinn, Estonia became the first European capital to extend free public transport to all of its residents. The results so far have been encouraging. The Tallinn authorities believe that, if done right, free public transport schemes can encourage a shift from cars to buses and trams, can cut congestion and traffic emissions, and can boost economic development.

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      • Air quality,
      • Cities,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Transport
      • Estonia
  • Construction

    • Project encourages companies to ponder their environmental resilience

      14/10/13

      Project encourages companies to ponder their environmental resilience
      ResilieNtWeb, an Interreg IVB North West Europe programme project that started in autumn 2010, aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the construction, food and tourism sectors to develop their eco-innovation capacities so that they will be more resilient in the face of economic, environmental and social change.

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      • Construction,
      • New services / business models,
      • Technology
      • Belgium
    • Danish municipalities roll out green business growth scheme

      11/03/13

      Danish municipalities roll out green business growth scheme
      A project in the southern Danish municipalities of Kolding, Middelfart and Odense is demonstrating how tradesmen such as builders, plumbers and roofers can build their businesses and create jobs by better aligning their services with the European Union's energy-efficiency objectives.

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      • Construction,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency
      • Denmark
    • SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  

      11/02/13

      SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  
      A major cross-sectoral partnership is planning to channel €1.4 billion in private sector research spending to resource and energy efficiency in Europe's process industries – those sectors, such as steel and cement, that transform bulk resources into products that underpin modern economies.

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      • Construction,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Floating houses for rising seas

      12/11/11

      Floating houses for rising seas
      A recent advance in the technology used to build floating houses could make this a more attractive option for low lying areas seeking to adapt to the effects of climate change.

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      • Construction,
      • Urban
      • Eu
    • Making building materials greener

      04/09/11

      Making building materials greener
      Life-cycle assessment reveals potential for eco-innovation and substitution of traditional materials by natural, local equivalents to cut the environmental footprint of buildings.

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      • Construction,
      • Resource Efficiency
      • Eu
    • Significant emission reductions possible at a low cost

      28/07/11

      A report from the European Commission Joint Research Centre indicates that environmental improvements in residential buildings could result in overall greenhouse gas emission reductions of 7%.

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      • Construction,
      • Urban
      • Eu
    • Building ports from recycled materials

      04/04/11

      Building ports from recycled materials
      A Scandinavian consortium is mixing contaminated sediment with special binders to produce a construction material for ports as a sustainable alternative to dumping at sea or landfill.

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      • Construction,
      • Recycling
      • Sweden
    • Laying the foundations for sustainable construction

      28/04/10

      Laying the foundations for sustainable construction
      Reclaimed and sustainable construction materials could lead to a more eco-friendly building sector. By using such materials developers can reduce emissions and save energy.

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      • Construction
      • Eu
    • Cultivating crops on city rooftops

      09/03/10

      Cultivating crops on city rooftops
      Climate change and population growth mean walls, balconies and roofs across Europe's cities could take on a greener complexion as food production becomes part of the urban landscape.

      Read more

      • Agriculture,
      • Construction
      • Eu
    • Austria adopts tough measures to increase energy efficiency in housing

      01/02/09

      Austria adopts tough measures to increase energy efficiency in housing
      Tough new measures have been introduced in Austria to increase energy efficiency in both public and private buildings. These measures favour adoption of eco-innovative solutions

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      • Construction,
      • Resource Efficiency
      • Austria
  • Energy efficiency

    • New tool seeks to open up sustainability horizons

      14/10/13

      New tool seeks to open up sustainability horizons
      An online tool has been developed by three British organisations to help companies think in more long-term and strategic terms about the challenges they face in an increasingly resource-constrained world.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency
      • United Kingdom
    • Dutch architects call for support for recycled island idea

      30/09/13

      Dutch architects call for support for recycled island idea
      A Dutch architectural practice has drawn up the blueprint for a “recycled island” that will make use of waste recovered from the marine environment to construct floating living spaces. The firm, WHIM Architecture, believes that the concept could be useful in low lying countries – such as the Netherlands – that might be vulnerable to greater levels of flooding because of climate change.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Recycling
      • Netherlands
    • 'Clean and Cool' missions promote UK eco-entrepreneurs in major markets

      30/09/13

      'Clean and Cool' missions promote UK eco-entrepreneurs in major markets
      The United Kingdom is promoting its eco-innovative small and medium-sized companies through a series of “Clean and Cool” missions that take entrepreneurs to explore the cleantech market opportunities in Brazil and the United States.

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      • Energy efficiency
      • United Kingdom
    • Let there be light

      02/09/13

      Let there be light
      A young Belgian company is combining technological innovation with financial innovation to create sustainable benefits from a natural resource that is available to everyone: daylight.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Belgium
    • Milan: lessons in congestion charging

      08/07/13

      Milan: lessons in congestion charging
      A congestion charging scheme in the northern Italian city of Milan has reduced traffic and the associated air pollution in the centre of the city – but has also demonstrated the need to obtain public acceptance for such a scheme, and for transparency in relation to revenues raised from the congestion charge.

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      • Energy efficiency
      • Italy
    • Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow

      29/04/13

      Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow
      An online portal is aiming to promote the results of European environmental research and development by providing details of a range of promising eco-innovations, and rating their “technology readiness”.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • 'Concrete' solutions

      11/03/13

      'Concrete' solutions
      The European Union's construction sector faces a testing target. Under the EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), it must, by 2020, reuse or recycle at least 70% by weight of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Danish municipalities roll out green business growth scheme

      11/03/13

      Danish municipalities roll out green business growth scheme
      A project in the southern Danish municipalities of Kolding, Middelfart and Odense is demonstrating how tradesmen such as builders, plumbers and roofers can build their businesses and create jobs by better aligning their services with the European Union's energy-efficiency objectives.

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency
      • Denmark
    • Island communities explore sustainability

      11/03/13

      Island communities explore sustainability
      A group of North Sea island communities have combined their energies to test a range of sustainability ideas involving water, energy and materials use, in the European Union funded Cradle-to-Cradle Islands project, which finished at the end of 2012.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  

      11/02/13

      SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  
      A major cross-sectoral partnership is planning to channel €1.4 billion in private sector research spending to resource and energy efficiency in Europe's process industries – those sectors, such as steel and cement, that transform bulk resources into products that underpin modern economies.

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Washing whiter without water

      28/01/13

      Washing whiter without water
      The future of laundry could be cleaning with plastic beads, rather than with water, according to Xeros, a small company based in the northern English town of Rotherham.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Water
      • Eu
    • Let the train take the strain

      14/09/12

      Let the train take the strain
      The Dutch railway operator is retrofitting its intercity train fleet to make it more efficient.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Recycling,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Transport
      • Netherlands
    • Reducing costs and improving performance of solar cells

      12/12/10

      Reducing costs and improving performance of solar cells
      Belgian manufacturer NovoPolymers has developed an innovative polymer film which will reduce the energy needed to encapsulate solar panels while also improving their performance.

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      • Energy efficiency
      • Eu
    • Conjuring water out of air

      03/10/10

      Conjuring water out of air
      Innovator Dutch Rainmaker has married wind-turbine technology with water production and purification expertise to create a sustainable method for extracting water from air.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Water
      • Netherlands
    • Ecosurfactant development leads to greener cleaning products

      01/06/10

      Ecosurfactant development leads to greener cleaning products
      Ecological cleaning products manufacturer Ecover has developed an innovative method for making ecosurfactants using a low-energy biochemical process based on natural fermentation.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production,
      • Technology
      • Belgium
    • Cutting energy consumption in the food and drink sector

      18/12/09

      Cutting energy consumption in the food and drink sector
      A specialist ‘supply-on-demand’ drying technology developed by a UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership could yield significant energy savings for food and drink manufacturers.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • United Kingdom
    • Combining renewable energy and desalination

      14/12/09

      Combining renewable energy and desalination
      A report by researchers at the Cartagena Technical University (UPCT) in Spain outlines a desalination process using renewable energy and resulting in lower environmental impacts.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry
      • Spain
    • Lighting the path to lower energy consumption

      28/07/09

      Lighting the path to lower energy consumption
      The next generation of low consumption lighting systems is set to slash energy consumption in Europe. New developments, such as organic LEDs, could result in huge energy savings.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • The practical contribution of ICTs to sustainable growth

      26/06/09

      The practical contribution of ICTs to sustainable growth
      Application of information and communication technologies (ICT)-based solutions in industry could yield dramatic energy savings, and ultimately lead to a more sustainable society.

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      • Energy efficiency
      • Eu
    • Danish LED greenhouse system lights path to energy savings

      28/04/09

      Danish LED greenhouse system lights path to energy savings
      A LED system producing photosynthetic wavelengths of light could result in dramatic energy savings for plant growers. The concept was developed in the University of Southern Denmark.

      Read more

      • Agriculture,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Denmark
    • Belgian lorry plant achieves zero CO2 emissions

      12/03/09

      Belgian lorry plant achieves zero CO2 emissions
      Lorry maker Volvo Trucks teamed up with energy supplier Electrabel to make its Europa plant in Ghent, Belgium the first in the world to operate with no net carbon dioxide emissions.

      Read more

      • Air quality,
      • Energy efficiency
      • Belgium
    • Taking a united approach to battery recycling

      15/02/09

      Taking a united approach to battery recycling
      The new EU Battery Directive came into force in October 2008 and is set to change how spent batteries are processed at national level. Some Member States have already been showing the way.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Recycling
      • Eu
    • Harnessing computer power to revolutionise domestic energy consumption

      05/02/09

      Harnessing computer power to revolutionise domestic energy consumption
      The EU-funded POBICOS project is harnessing innovative computing applications to develop a cutting-edge home-automation platform that could dramatically change energy consumption.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • On the crest of wave-power production

      21/01/09

      On the crest of wave-power production
      National and international organisations worked together to fund, develop and open the world's first commercial wave power plant off the coast of Portugal, as part of ETAP-oriented plans to intensify the exploitation of renewable energy sources

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Water
      • Eu
    • Rising tide of marine energy to lift the UK

      21/01/09

      Rising tide of marine energy to lift the UK
      The United Kingdom is at the forefront of marine energy research and development, and many believe this growing sector could in the future meet a fifth of all British energy demands.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Water
      • United Kingdom
    • Solar photovoltaics set to provide 12% of Europe's electricity by 2020

      06/01/09

      Solar photovoltaics set to provide 12% of Europe's electricity by 2020
      The European PV industry has redefined its targets following technological developments and rising energy prices. The sector aims to supply 12% of Europe's electricity by 2020.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Balancing electrical energy supply and demand

      07/11/08

      Balancing electrical energy supply and demand
      Renewable energy presents a challenge: how to meet peak demand with increasing reliance on intermittent sources. A new analysis explores storage options to facilitate use of renewables.

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      • Energy efficiency
      • Eu
    • Synergies power Danish-Swedish eco-technology cluster

      04/11/08

      Synergies power Danish-Swedish eco-technology cluster
      Øresund Environment is a regional eco-innovation forum bringing together researchers, businesses and policymakers to drive development of green technologies, mobility and cities.

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      • Energy efficiency
      • Denmark
    • On-board carbon capture offers emission-free cars

      06/08/08

      On-board carbon capture offers emission-free cars
      US researchers have developed an innovative strategy to capture, store and eventually recycle carbon from vehicles to prevent CO2 from finding its way into the atmosphere.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Recycling,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Nano-flake structure boosts solar cell performance

      16/07/08

      Nano-flake structure boosts solar cell performance
      A new nanostructure shape called nano flakes and being developed in Denmark could cut the cost and improve the efficiency of solar cells, bringing solar power within the grasp of ordinary households.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Denmark
  • Industry

    • EcoWater: Modelling the impact of environmental technology on water systems

      11/06/13

      EcoWater: Modelling the impact of environmental technology on water systems
      A European research project led by the Environmental and Energy Management Research Unit of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, is developing complex indicators to measure the impact of eco-innovative technologies on ecosystems.

      Read more

      • Agriculture,
      • Industry
      • Eu
    • 'Concrete' solutions

      11/03/13

      'Concrete' solutions
      The European Union's construction sector faces a testing target. Under the EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), it must, by 2020, reuse or recycle at least 70% by weight of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Danish municipalities roll out green business growth scheme

      11/03/13

      Danish municipalities roll out green business growth scheme
      A project in the southern Danish municipalities of Kolding, Middelfart and Odense is demonstrating how tradesmen such as builders, plumbers and roofers can build their businesses and create jobs by better aligning their services with the European Union's energy-efficiency objectives.

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency
      • Denmark
    • SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  

      11/02/13

      SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  
      A major cross-sectoral partnership is planning to channel €1.4 billion in private sector research spending to resource and energy efficiency in Europe's process industries – those sectors, such as steel and cement, that transform bulk resources into products that underpin modern economies.

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Recycled footwear products enter the market

      11/02/13

      Recycled footwear products enter the market
      Setting up systems so that consumers can return obsolete products to retailers – whether or not at the time of purchase of a new product – is an effective way of diverting old products from waste streams and encouraging reuse and recycling.

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      • Industry,
      • Recycling,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: water sector eco-innovation in practice

      15/01/13

      The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: water sector eco-innovation in practice
      The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal on 26-27 November 2012, focused on eco-innovation in the water sector. Eco-innovation is crucial for the water sector because of looming supply problems. Almost half the world population (47%) will be living under severe water stress by 2030 if no new policies are introduced, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In many countries, it is already happening.

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      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Water
      • Portugal
    • New business model for sustainable freight  

      26/11/12

      New business model for sustainable freight  
      TRI-VIZOR encourages companies to pool their transport and logistics capacities, generating both environmental and financial benefits.

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      • Industry,
      • Transport
      • Belgium
    • Biodegradable inks enable eco-friendly printing

      24/11/11

      Biodegradable inks enable eco-friendly printing
      A Delhi-based company is at the forefront of eco-innovation in ink production. Its biodegradable inks allow for eco-friendly printing and high-efficiency recycling of printed paper.

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      • Industry,
      • Recycling
      • Eu
    • Steel supply chain innovations deliver green benefits

      19/09/11

      Steel supply chain innovations deliver green benefits
      A better integrated supply chain and consumption-based accounting would enable more efficient use of steel and less waste, so helping reduce the industry’s environmental footprint.

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      • Industry,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • Innovative bioprocesses may offer benefits to a fading colour textile industry

      19/09/11

      Innovative bioprocesses may offer benefits to a fading colour textile industry
      The scaling-up of sustainable, high-tech dyeing technology is the focus of an ongoing European Commission funded project aimed at strengthening SMEs in the colour textile industry.

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      • Industry,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Recovering valuable metals from industrial waste

      27/07/11

      Recovering valuable metals from industrial waste
      The rising cost of metals is expected to drive uptake of an ecological metal-recovery system being developed by the EU-funded Ecometre project. It will benefit both surface-engineering and electronics companies.

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      • Industry,
      • Recycling
      • Eu
    • Nanotechnology and environmental performance: what lies beyond the shiny promises?

      07/02/11

      Nanotechnology and environmental performance: what lies beyond the shiny promises?
      The nanotechnology industry has over-promised and under-delivered according to Friends of the Earth, which proposes taking a precautionary approach to nanotechnology products.

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      • Industry,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Accelerating sustainable industrial production

      14/02/10

      Accelerating sustainable industrial production
      Eco-innovation will be a key driver of industry efforts to tackle climate change in the post-Kyoto era according to new book on green growth published by the OECD in January 2010.

      Read more

      • Industry
      • Eu
    • Pursuit of sustainability drives innovation in the chemical industry

      26/01/10

      Pursuit of sustainability drives innovation in the chemical industry
      The European chemical industry is embracing innovation to ensure sustainability. Moreover, through innovation the industry is providing measures to facilitate a sustainable society.

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      • Industry
      • Eu
    • Combining renewable energy and desalination

      14/12/09

      Combining renewable energy and desalination
      A report by researchers at the Cartagena Technical University (UPCT) in Spain outlines a desalination process using renewable energy and resulting in lower environmental impacts.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry
      • Spain
  • New services / business models

    • Plan Bee creates a buzz

      04/12/13

      Plan Bee creates a buzz
      A small Scottish company is showing that a business can be built on biodiversity, by installing and maintaining bee hives on the premises of corporate customers.

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      • New services / business models
      • Eu
    • Project encourages companies to ponder their environmental resilience

      14/10/13

      Project encourages companies to ponder their environmental resilience
      ResilieNtWeb, an Interreg IVB North West Europe programme project that started in autumn 2010, aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the construction, food and tourism sectors to develop their eco-innovation capacities so that they will be more resilient in the face of economic, environmental and social change.

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • New services / business models,
      • Technology
      • Belgium
    • Incentivised recycling

      13/11/12

      Incentivised recycling
      A small British company is developing an innovative business model that will encourage the recycling and reuse of domestic appliances, such as fridges and washing machines, in exchange for loyalty points that can be used with up to 300 online retailers.

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      • New services / business models,
      • Recycling,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • United Kingdom
  • Recycling

    • Clothing project to explore the circular economy for textiles  

      18/03/14

      Clothing project to explore the circular economy for textiles  
      The garment sector is becoming seriously interested in the recycling of textile fibres to make new clothing. A denim-recycling process was developed as long ago as the mid-1990s by Armani. More recently, the collection of old clothing as a raw material for new products has become highly organised - Switzerland's I:CO (I:Collect AG), for example, has 3,000 employees and processes about 500 tonnes of used items daily, recycling some of the material into collections such as PUMA's recyclable/biodegradeable InCycle range.

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      • Recycling
      • Eu
    • Dutch architects call for support for recycled island idea

      30/09/13

      Dutch architects call for support for recycled island idea
      A Dutch architectural practice has drawn up the blueprint for a “recycled island” that will make use of waste recovered from the marine environment to construct floating living spaces. The firm, WHIM Architecture, believes that the concept could be useful in low lying countries – such as the Netherlands – that might be vulnerable to greater levels of flooding because of climate change.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Recycling
      • Netherlands
    • Keeping track of WEEE

      26/03/13

      Keeping track of WEEE
      Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used to ensure that waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) is correctly processed, and that reuse of components and recycling of materials is maximised, according to a European Union funded project with pilot initiatives in the Czech Republic and Spain.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Recycled footwear products enter the market

      11/02/13

      Recycled footwear products enter the market
      Setting up systems so that consumers can return obsolete products to retailers – whether or not at the time of purchase of a new product – is an effective way of diverting old products from waste streams and encouraging reuse and recycling.

      Read more

      • Industry,
      • Recycling,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • Waste not, want not

      10/12/12

      Waste not, want not
      A Portuguese company has been recognised for its waste management software – an example of how modern technology can make environmental services more efficient.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Portugal
    • Incentivised recycling

      13/11/12

      Incentivised recycling
      A small British company is developing an innovative business model that will encourage the recycling and reuse of domestic appliances, such as fridges and washing machines, in exchange for loyalty points that can be used with up to 300 online retailers.

      Read more

      • New services / business models,
      • Recycling,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • United Kingdom
    • Let the train take the strain

      14/09/12

      Let the train take the strain
      The Dutch railway operator is retrofitting its intercity train fleet to make it more efficient.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Recycling,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Transport
      • Netherlands
    • Biodegradable inks enable eco-friendly printing

      24/11/11

      Biodegradable inks enable eco-friendly printing
      A Delhi-based company is at the forefront of eco-innovation in ink production. Its biodegradable inks allow for eco-friendly printing and high-efficiency recycling of printed paper.

      Read more

      • Industry,
      • Recycling
      • Eu
    • Cutting-edge technology puts glass-recycling company ahead of industry

      12/11/11

      Cutting-edge technology puts glass-recycling company ahead of industry
      An innovative dry cleaning process offers advantages to glass recyclers - and, by extension, glass producers - through waste reduction, energy savings and increased product quality.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Belgian Catalogue of Recycled Products goes European

      28/07/11

      Belgian Catalogue of Recycled Products goes European

      Read more

      • Recycling
      • Belgium
    • Recovering valuable metals from industrial waste

      27/07/11

      Recovering valuable metals from industrial waste
      The rising cost of metals is expected to drive uptake of an ecological metal-recovery system being developed by the EU-funded Ecometre project. It will benefit both surface-engineering and electronics companies.

      Read more

      • Industry,
      • Recycling
      • Eu
    • End-of-life aircraft recycling offers high grade materials

      24/06/11

      End-of-life aircraft recycling offers high grade materials
      TARMAC Aerosave is exploiting an innovative system for the smart dismantling and recycling of end-of-life aircraft. It targets the 6,000 aircraft due to retire over the next 15 years.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Building ports from recycled materials

      04/04/11

      Building ports from recycled materials
      A Scandinavian consortium is mixing contaminated sediment with special binders to produce a construction material for ports as a sustainable alternative to dumping at sea or landfill.

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • Recycling
      • Sweden
    • Waste is food: going all the way on sustainability

      27/10/10

      Waste is food: going all the way on sustainability
      Ten European regions have created a network to share best practice in waste prevention and management by applying the cradle-to-cradle concept for sustainable development.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • On the road to sustainable vehicles

      20/07/10

      On the road to sustainable vehicles
      Global carmakers are increasing efforts to improve the sustainability of their vehicles by incorporating recycled materials to meet environmental regulations and consumer demands.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Boosting the environmental return on glass recycling

      15/04/10

      Boosting the environmental return on glass recycling
      The MEIGLASS Life project developed an innovative process for recovering greater amounts of quality glass from broken or waste glass returned for recycling with less energy use.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Waste
      • Italy
    • Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads

      26/03/09

      Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads
      Cranfield University is pioneering the use of glass beads in water treatment – a concept that could lead to dramatic energy savings in treating drinking, waste and industrial water.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Water
      • United Kingdom
    • Cutting the cost of treating oil-polluted wastewater

      12/03/09

      Cutting the cost of treating oil-polluted wastewater
      The EUREKA Euroenviron Biosorb-Tox project has developed a treatment system for oil-polluted wastewater that is changing the way it can be treated while dramatically cutting costs.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Water
      • Lithuania
    • Taking a united approach to battery recycling

      15/02/09

      Taking a united approach to battery recycling
      The new EU Battery Directive came into force in October 2008 and is set to change how spent batteries are processed at national level. Some Member States have already been showing the way.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Recycling
      • Eu
    • Hydraulic separator may hold key to better plastics recycling

      06/01/09

      Hydraulic separator may hold key to better plastics recycling
      The recycling of plastics has been hampered in the past by sorting difficulties, but with the advent of the Multidune hydraulic separator, a solution may have finally been found.

      Read more

      • Recycling
      • Italy
    • Making car recycling more environmentally friendly

      05/11/08

      Making car recycling more environmentally friendly
      Advanced technologies to increase the recovery rate from end-of-life vehicles can help Member States achieve EU targets for resource and energy recovery.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • On-board carbon capture offers emission-free cars

      06/08/08

      On-board carbon capture offers emission-free cars
      US researchers have developed an innovative strategy to capture, store and eventually recycle carbon from vehicles to prevent CO2 from finding its way into the atmosphere.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Recycling,
      • Transport
      • Eu
  • Resource Efficiency

    • Finland focuses on future prosperity through cleantech growth  

      13/11/13

      Finland focuses on future prosperity through cleantech growth  
      Finland is already considered a global leader in eco-innovation and the development of new clean technologies. According to figures from the Finnish government, about 2,000 companies operate in its cleantech sector, generating annual exports of €12 billion, or 20% of Finland's total exports. But the government is not complacent. It aims to embed cleantech into its economy even more.

      Read more

      • Resource Efficiency
      • Finland
    • New tool seeks to open up sustainability horizons

      14/10/13

      New tool seeks to open up sustainability horizons
      An online tool has been developed by three British organisations to help companies think in more long-term and strategic terms about the challenges they face in an increasingly resource-constrained world.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency
      • United Kingdom
    • Let there be light

      02/09/13

      Let there be light
      A young Belgian company is combining technological innovation with financial innovation to create sustainable benefits from a natural resource that is available to everyone: daylight.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Belgium
    • Tallinn becomes “capital of free public transport”

      17/06/13

      Tallinn becomes “capital of free public transport”
      On 1 January 2013, Tallinn, Estonia became the first European capital to extend free public transport to all of its residents. The results so far have been encouraging. The Tallinn authorities believe that, if done right, free public transport schemes can encourage a shift from cars to buses and trams, can cut congestion and traffic emissions, and can boost economic development.

      Read more

      • Air quality,
      • Cities,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Transport
      • Estonia
    • Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow

      29/04/13

      Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow
      An online portal is aiming to promote the results of European environmental research and development by providing details of a range of promising eco-innovations, and rating their “technology readiness”.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • 'Concrete' solutions

      11/03/13

      'Concrete' solutions
      The European Union's construction sector faces a testing target. Under the EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), it must, by 2020, reuse or recycle at least 70% by weight of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Danish municipalities roll out green business growth scheme

      11/03/13

      Danish municipalities roll out green business growth scheme
      A project in the southern Danish municipalities of Kolding, Middelfart and Odense is demonstrating how tradesmen such as builders, plumbers and roofers can build their businesses and create jobs by better aligning their services with the European Union's energy-efficiency objectives.

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency
      • Denmark
    • Island communities explore sustainability

      11/03/13

      Island communities explore sustainability
      A group of North Sea island communities have combined their energies to test a range of sustainability ideas involving water, energy and materials use, in the European Union funded Cradle-to-Cradle Islands project, which finished at the end of 2012.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  

      11/02/13

      SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  
      A major cross-sectoral partnership is planning to channel €1.4 billion in private sector research spending to resource and energy efficiency in Europe's process industries – those sectors, such as steel and cement, that transform bulk resources into products that underpin modern economies.

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Washing whiter without water

      28/01/13

      Washing whiter without water
      The future of laundry could be cleaning with plastic beads, rather than with water, according to Xeros, a small company based in the northern English town of Rotherham.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Water
      • Eu
    • The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: water sector eco-innovation in practice

      15/01/13

      The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: water sector eco-innovation in practice
      The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal on 26-27 November 2012, focused on eco-innovation in the water sector. Eco-innovation is crucial for the water sector because of looming supply problems. Almost half the world population (47%) will be living under severe water stress by 2030 if no new policies are introduced, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In many countries, it is already happening.

      Read more

      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Water
      • Portugal
    • Towards resource efficiency via business model innovation

      26/11/12

      Towards resource efficiency via business model innovation
      The modern consumer economy has a fundamental flaw that promotes unsustainable consumption: the more companies sell, the more they earn. Turntoo, a Dutch company, has been building its business model based on an alternative system in which products are not sold by the producer to the consumer, but remain the property of the producer throughout their lifecycles.

      Read more

      • Resource Efficiency
      • Netherlands
    • Incentivised recycling

      13/11/12

      Incentivised recycling
      A small British company is developing an innovative business model that will encourage the recycling and reuse of domestic appliances, such as fridges and washing machines, in exchange for loyalty points that can be used with up to 300 online retailers.

      Read more

      • New services / business models,
      • Recycling,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • United Kingdom
    • Let the train take the strain

      14/09/12

      Let the train take the strain
      The Dutch railway operator is retrofitting its intercity train fleet to make it more efficient.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Recycling,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Transport
      • Netherlands
    • Making building materials greener

      04/09/11

      Making building materials greener
      Life-cycle assessment reveals potential for eco-innovation and substitution of traditional materials by natural, local equivalents to cut the environmental footprint of buildings.

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • Resource Efficiency
      • Eu
    • Sweden sees big biogas potential in waste

      28/07/11

      Sweden sees big biogas potential in waste
      Anaerobic digestion of food waste could double Sweden’s biogas production and reduce environmental damage by cutting methane emissions from landfill suggests a government strategy.

      Read more

      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Waste
      • Sweden
    • Driving Europe towards a greener future

      03/10/09

      Driving Europe towards a greener future
      Major gas company Linde has developed an innovative process to produce hydrogen fuel from biodiesel by-product glycerine. A demonstration plant is under construction in Germany.

      Read more

      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • World's first mine-water power station opens in Heerlen

      15/02/09

      World's first mine-water power station opens in Heerlen
      The EU-supported Minewater project opened the world's first mine-water power station in the Netherlands in October 2008 to highlight the geothermal energy potential of water in old mines.

      Read more

      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Water
      • Netherlands
    • Austria adopts tough measures to increase energy efficiency in housing

      01/02/09

      Austria adopts tough measures to increase energy efficiency in housing
      Tough new measures have been introduced in Austria to increase energy efficiency in both public and private buildings. These measures favour adoption of eco-innovative solutions

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • Resource Efficiency
      • Austria
    • On the crest of wave-power production

      21/01/09

      On the crest of wave-power production
      National and international organisations worked together to fund, develop and open the world's first commercial wave power plant off the coast of Portugal, as part of ETAP-oriented plans to intensify the exploitation of renewable energy sources

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Water
      • Eu
    • Developing second-generation biofuels for commercial flights

      20/11/08

      Developing second-generation biofuels for commercial flights
      Airbus and Honeywell are working with others to develop biofuels that could satisfy nearly a third of global demand from commercial aircraft by 2030 without affecting food supplies

      Read more

      • Air quality,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Integral cylinder pressure sensor cleans up diesel engines

      05/11/08

      Integral cylinder pressure sensor cleans up diesel engines
      The 2008 EUREKA Lillehammer Award went to a glow plug pressure sensor that can cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) and soot particle emissions from car diesel engines by up to 90%.

      Read more

      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Cleaning up on off-road diesels

      04/08/08

      Cleaning up on off-road diesels
      A diesel particulate filter technology developed in a German project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is set to clean up emissions from off-road construction vehicles.

      Read more

      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Transport
      • Germany
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production

    • Innovative filtration media promises cleaner treated water

      11/02/14

      Innovative filtration media promises cleaner treated water
      A circular-economy initiative just outside the Scottish capital of Edinburgh is making waves in water filtration by producing a highly efficient filtration media from recycled glass. The Active Filter Media (AFM), made by the company Dryden Aqua, has been so successful that its production now uses a quarter of all the glass recycled in Scotland.

      Read more

      • Sustainable Consumption and Production,
      • Water
      • United Kingdom
    • Regions test indicators of sustainable development

      11/06/13

      Regions test indicators of sustainable development
      A project backed by the European Union's INTERREG IV C programme has been working to show that an alternative is available. The FRESH project has adopted the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) and has tested it at regional level.

      Read more

      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • Recycled footwear products enter the market

      11/02/13

      Recycled footwear products enter the market
      Setting up systems so that consumers can return obsolete products to retailers – whether or not at the time of purchase of a new product – is an effective way of diverting old products from waste streams and encouraging reuse and recycling.

      Read more

      • Industry,
      • Recycling,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • Incentivised recycling

      13/11/12

      Incentivised recycling
      A small British company is developing an innovative business model that will encourage the recycling and reuse of domestic appliances, such as fridges and washing machines, in exchange for loyalty points that can be used with up to 300 online retailers.

      Read more

      • New services / business models,
      • Recycling,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • United Kingdom
    • Steel supply chain innovations deliver green benefits

      19/09/11

      Steel supply chain innovations deliver green benefits
      A better integrated supply chain and consumption-based accounting would enable more efficient use of steel and less waste, so helping reduce the industry’s environmental footprint.

      Read more

      • Industry,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • Waste is food: going all the way on sustainability

      27/10/10

      Waste is food: going all the way on sustainability
      Ten European regions have created a network to share best practice in waste prevention and management by applying the cradle-to-cradle concept for sustainable development.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • Ecosurfactant development leads to greener cleaning products

      01/06/10

      Ecosurfactant development leads to greener cleaning products
      Ecological cleaning products manufacturer Ecover has developed an innovative method for making ecosurfactants using a low-energy biochemical process based on natural fermentation.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production,
      • Technology
      • Belgium
    • Good for your health, the environment and business

      18/12/09

      Good for your health, the environment and business
      Innovations in energy harvesting are set to increase the sustainability of sport and recreation. Through these devices, users will be able to create electricity while they exercise.

      Read more

      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • Cutting energy consumption in the food and drink sector

      18/12/09

      Cutting energy consumption in the food and drink sector
      A specialist ‘supply-on-demand’ drying technology developed by a UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership could yield significant energy savings for food and drink manufacturers.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • United Kingdom
    • Driving Europe towards a greener future

      03/10/09

      Driving Europe towards a greener future
      Major gas company Linde has developed an innovative process to produce hydrogen fuel from biodiesel by-product glycerine. A demonstration plant is under construction in Germany.

      Read more

      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • Lighting the path to lower energy consumption

      28/07/09

      Lighting the path to lower energy consumption
      The next generation of low consumption lighting systems is set to slash energy consumption in Europe. New developments, such as organic LEDs, could result in huge energy savings.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • Eu
    • Digital editions: pathway to greener publications

      09/06/09

      Digital editions: pathway to greener publications
      Digital publishing could significantly improve the environmental impact of the publishing sector. Through paperless production, resource consumption and emissions will be reduced.

      Read more

      • Sustainable Consumption and Production
      • United Kingdom
    • Integral cylinder pressure sensor cleans up diesel engines

      05/11/08

      Integral cylinder pressure sensor cleans up diesel engines
      The 2008 EUREKA Lillehammer Award went to a glow plug pressure sensor that can cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) and soot particle emissions from car diesel engines by up to 90%.

      Read more

      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • World's cleanest vessel on inland waterway

      06/08/08

      World's cleanest vessel on inland waterway
      An EU-funded research project is currently demonstrating a low-emission, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly tanker, developed to reduce the environmental impact of inland shipping.

      Read more

      • Sustainable Consumption and Production,
      • Transport,
      • Water
      • Eu
  • Technology

    • CO2-scrubbing innovation offers benefits to brewers

      24/02/14

      CO2-scrubbing innovation offers benefits to brewers
      A Danish company is in the process of patenting an innovative carbon-dioxide scrubbing technology that could produce environmental and financial benefits for the brewing industry. The technology was developed in 2006 by Union Engineering, based in Fredericia, eastern Denmark, and has been tested at full-scale in collaboration with brewers Carlsberg as part of a project supported by the Eco-Innovation Initiative of the European Union Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme.

      Read more

      • Technology
      • Denmark
    • Project encourages companies to ponder their environmental resilience

      14/10/13

      Project encourages companies to ponder their environmental resilience
      ResilieNtWeb, an Interreg IVB North West Europe programme project that started in autumn 2010, aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the construction, food and tourism sectors to develop their eco-innovation capacities so that they will be more resilient in the face of economic, environmental and social change.

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • New services / business models,
      • Technology
      • Belgium
    • Let there be light

      02/09/13

      Let there be light
      A young Belgian company is combining technological innovation with financial innovation to create sustainable benefits from a natural resource that is available to everyone: daylight.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Belgium
    • Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow

      29/04/13

      Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow
      An online portal is aiming to promote the results of European environmental research and development by providing details of a range of promising eco-innovations, and rating their “technology readiness”.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Keeping track of WEEE

      26/03/13

      Keeping track of WEEE
      Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used to ensure that waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) is correctly processed, and that reuse of components and recycling of materials is maximised, according to a European Union funded project with pilot initiatives in the Czech Republic and Spain.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • 'Concrete' solutions

      11/03/13

      'Concrete' solutions
      The European Union's construction sector faces a testing target. Under the EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), it must, by 2020, reuse or recycle at least 70% by weight of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Island communities explore sustainability

      11/03/13

      Island communities explore sustainability
      A group of North Sea island communities have combined their energies to test a range of sustainability ideas involving water, energy and materials use, in the European Union funded Cradle-to-Cradle Islands project, which finished at the end of 2012.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  

      11/02/13

      SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  
      A major cross-sectoral partnership is planning to channel €1.4 billion in private sector research spending to resource and energy efficiency in Europe's process industries – those sectors, such as steel and cement, that transform bulk resources into products that underpin modern economies.

      Read more

      • Construction,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Washing whiter without water

      28/01/13

      Washing whiter without water
      The future of laundry could be cleaning with plastic beads, rather than with water, according to Xeros, a small company based in the northern English town of Rotherham.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Water
      • Eu
    • The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: water sector eco-innovation in practice

      15/01/13

      The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: water sector eco-innovation in practice
      The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal on 26-27 November 2012, focused on eco-innovation in the water sector. Eco-innovation is crucial for the water sector because of looming supply problems. Almost half the world population (47%) will be living under severe water stress by 2030 if no new policies are introduced, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In many countries, it is already happening.

      Read more

      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Water
      • Portugal
    • Waste not, want not

      10/12/12

      Waste not, want not
      A Portuguese company has been recognised for its waste management software – an example of how modern technology can make environmental services more efficient.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Portugal
    • One eco-innovation enables another

      14/04/12

      One eco-innovation enables another
      The scaling-up of sustainable, high-tech dyeing technology is the focus of an ongoing European Commission funded project aimed at strengthening SMEs in the colour textile industry.

      Read more

      • Technology,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Cutting-edge technology puts glass-recycling company ahead of industry

      12/11/11

      Cutting-edge technology puts glass-recycling company ahead of industry
      An innovative dry cleaning process offers advantages to glass recyclers - and, by extension, glass producers - through waste reduction, energy savings and increased product quality.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Innovative bioprocesses may offer benefits to a fading colour textile industry

      19/09/11

      Innovative bioprocesses may offer benefits to a fading colour textile industry
      The scaling-up of sustainable, high-tech dyeing technology is the focus of an ongoing European Commission funded project aimed at strengthening SMEs in the colour textile industry.

      Read more

      • Industry,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Nanotechnology and environmental performance: what lies beyond the shiny promises?

      07/02/11

      Nanotechnology and environmental performance: what lies beyond the shiny promises?
      The nanotechnology industry has over-promised and under-delivered according to Friends of the Earth, which proposes taking a precautionary approach to nanotechnology products.

      Read more

      • Industry,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Reducing the environmental impact of agriculture through biotechnology

      24/01/11

      Reducing the environmental impact of agriculture through biotechnology
      Biotechnology can play a major role in helping farmers overcome challenges such as protecting crops against insects, weeds and disease, as well as battling vagaries of the weather.

      Read more

      • Agriculture,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • EU strategy on track for clean vehicles

      21/10/10

      EU strategy on track for clean vehicles
      The European Commission has proposed a new strategy to address the EU’s fossil-fuel dependency, accelerate development of clean automotive technologies and promote mass-market uptake.

      Read more

      • Technology,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Conjuring water out of air

      03/10/10

      Conjuring water out of air
      Innovator Dutch Rainmaker has married wind-turbine technology with water production and purification expertise to create a sustainable method for extracting water from air.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Water
      • Netherlands
    • Ecosurfactant development leads to greener cleaning products

      01/06/10

      Ecosurfactant development leads to greener cleaning products
      Ecological cleaning products manufacturer Ecover has developed an innovative method for making ecosurfactants using a low-energy biochemical process based on natural fermentation.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production,
      • Technology
      • Belgium
    • Making mobile phones greener

      03/10/09

      Making mobile phones greener
      As stakeholders and governments are striving to lessen the environmental impact of mobile phones, mobile phone producers are moving to meet the demands of an eco-conscious society.

      Read more

      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Danish LED greenhouse system lights path to energy savings

      28/04/09

      Danish LED greenhouse system lights path to energy savings
      A LED system producing photosynthetic wavelengths of light could result in dramatic energy savings for plant growers. The concept was developed in the University of Southern Denmark.

      Read more

      • Agriculture,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Denmark
    • Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads

      26/03/09

      Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads
      Cranfield University is pioneering the use of glass beads in water treatment – a concept that could lead to dramatic energy savings in treating drinking, waste and industrial water.

      Read more

      • Technology,
      • Water
      • United Kingdom
    • Harnessing computer power to revolutionise domestic energy consumption

      05/02/09

      Harnessing computer power to revolutionise domestic energy consumption
      The EU-funded POBICOS project is harnessing innovative computing applications to develop a cutting-edge home-automation platform that could dramatically change energy consumption.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Solar photovoltaics set to provide 12% of Europe's electricity by 2020

      06/01/09

      Solar photovoltaics set to provide 12% of Europe's electricity by 2020
      The European PV industry has redefined its targets following technological developments and rising energy prices. The sector aims to supply 12% of Europe's electricity by 2020.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Eu
    • Developing second-generation biofuels for commercial flights

      20/11/08

      Developing second-generation biofuels for commercial flights
      Airbus and Honeywell are working with others to develop biofuels that could satisfy nearly a third of global demand from commercial aircraft by 2030 without affecting food supplies

      Read more

      • Air quality,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Nano-flake structure boosts solar cell performance

      16/07/08

      Nano-flake structure boosts solar cell performance
      A new nanostructure shape called nano flakes and being developed in Denmark could cut the cost and improve the efficiency of solar cells, bringing solar power within the grasp of ordinary households.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology
      • Denmark
  • Transport

    • All aboard for greener shipping  

      13/11/13

      All aboard for greener shipping  
      A Danish initiative is showing how companies from the same sector can work together, with endorsement from public authorities, to implement less environmentally damaging technologies that also help to reduce operational costs and therefore benefit sectoral competitiveness.

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      • Transport
      • Denmark
    • Czech system promises eco-benefits from reduced congestion

      16/09/13

      Czech system promises eco-benefits from reduced congestion
      Traffic congestion brings with it major costs - both economic and environmental. Economically, the cost of congestion in Europe has been estimated at 1% of GDP. In environmental terms, the main impacts are air and noise pollution, and an approximately 30% increase in fuel consumption in traffic jams, with the associated increase in greenhouse gas emissions[1].

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      • Transport
      • Czech Republic
    • Tallinn becomes “capital of free public transport”

      17/06/13

      Tallinn becomes “capital of free public transport”
      On 1 January 2013, Tallinn, Estonia became the first European capital to extend free public transport to all of its residents. The results so far have been encouraging. The Tallinn authorities believe that, if done right, free public transport schemes can encourage a shift from cars to buses and trams, can cut congestion and traffic emissions, and can boost economic development.

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      • Air quality,
      • Cities,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Transport
      • Estonia
    • New business model for sustainable freight  

      26/11/12

      New business model for sustainable freight  
      TRI-VIZOR encourages companies to pool their transport and logistics capacities, generating both environmental and financial benefits.

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      • Industry,
      • Transport
      • Belgium
    • Let the train take the strain

      14/09/12

      Let the train take the strain
      The Dutch railway operator is retrofitting its intercity train fleet to make it more efficient.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Recycling,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Transport
      • Netherlands
    • One eco-innovation enables another

      14/04/12

      One eco-innovation enables another
      The scaling-up of sustainable, high-tech dyeing technology is the focus of an ongoing European Commission funded project aimed at strengthening SMEs in the colour textile industry.

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      • Technology,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • End-of-life aircraft recycling offers high grade materials

      24/06/11

      End-of-life aircraft recycling offers high grade materials
      TARMAC Aerosave is exploiting an innovative system for the smart dismantling and recycling of end-of-life aircraft. It targets the 6,000 aircraft due to retire over the next 15 years.

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      • Recycling,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • EU strategy on track for clean vehicles

      21/10/10

      EU strategy on track for clean vehicles
      The European Commission has proposed a new strategy to address the EU’s fossil-fuel dependency, accelerate development of clean automotive technologies and promote mass-market uptake.

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      • Technology,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • On the road to sustainable vehicles

      20/07/10

      On the road to sustainable vehicles
      Global carmakers are increasing efforts to improve the sustainability of their vehicles by incorporating recycled materials to meet environmental regulations and consumer demands.

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      • Recycling,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Eco-friendly robotic cleaner to reduce ship fuel consumption.

      14/02/09

      Eco-friendly robotic cleaner to reduce ship fuel consumption.
      Newcastle University engineers have developed a robotic cleaning system able to navigate its own way across a ship’s hull and remove marine growths. It offers an effective replacement to environmentally-damaging biocides

      Read more

      • Transport,
      • Water
      • United Kingdom
    • European Mobility Week calls for Clean Air for All

      22/01/09

      European Mobility Week calls for Clean Air for All

      More than 200 million citizens across Europe and around the world participated in the 7th European Mobility Week. The central theme of this year’s event was ‘Clean Air for All’.

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      • Air quality,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Developing second-generation biofuels for commercial flights

      20/11/08

      Developing second-generation biofuels for commercial flights
      Airbus and Honeywell are working with others to develop biofuels that could satisfy nearly a third of global demand from commercial aircraft by 2030 without affecting food supplies

      Read more

      • Air quality,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Making car recycling more environmentally friendly

      05/11/08

      Making car recycling more environmentally friendly
      Advanced technologies to increase the recovery rate from end-of-life vehicles can help Member States achieve EU targets for resource and energy recovery.

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      • Recycling,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Integral cylinder pressure sensor cleans up diesel engines

      05/11/08

      Integral cylinder pressure sensor cleans up diesel engines
      The 2008 EUREKA Lillehammer Award went to a glow plug pressure sensor that can cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) and soot particle emissions from car diesel engines by up to 90%.

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      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Sustainable Consumption and Production,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • World's cleanest vessel on inland waterway

      06/08/08

      World's cleanest vessel on inland waterway
      An EU-funded research project is currently demonstrating a low-emission, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly tanker, developed to reduce the environmental impact of inland shipping.

      Read more

      • Sustainable Consumption and Production,
      • Transport,
      • Water
      • Eu
    • On-board carbon capture offers emission-free cars

      06/08/08

      On-board carbon capture offers emission-free cars
      US researchers have developed an innovative strategy to capture, store and eventually recycle carbon from vehicles to prevent CO2 from finding its way into the atmosphere.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Recycling,
      • Transport
      • Eu
    • Cleaning up on off-road diesels

      04/08/08

      Cleaning up on off-road diesels
      A diesel particulate filter technology developed in a German project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is set to clean up emissions from off-road construction vehicles.

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      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Transport
      • Germany
  • Urban

    • Tram depots: a blueprint for green building

      12/12/11

      Tram depots: a blueprint for green building
      Five European cities define the cutting-edge in sustainable urban building with four innovative new tram depots

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      • Urban
      • Eu
    • Floating houses for rising seas

      12/11/11

      Floating houses for rising seas
      A recent advance in the technology used to build floating houses could make this a more attractive option for low lying areas seeking to adapt to the effects of climate change.

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      • Construction,
      • Urban
      • Eu
    • Significant emission reductions possible at a low cost

      28/07/11

      A report from the European Commission Joint Research Centre indicates that environmental improvements in residential buildings could result in overall greenhouse gas emission reductions of 7%.

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      • Construction,
      • Urban
      • Eu
    • Cities setting standards in eco-innovation

      02/05/11

      Cities setting standards in eco-innovation
      Curitiba is Brazil’s seventh largest city and ‘green capital’. One of the best examples of green urban planning, it shows a city can minimise its environmental impact and be attractive.

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      • Urban
      • Eu
  • Waste

    • No landfill, no incineration: municipalities commit to zero waste

      04/12/13

      No landfill, no incineration: municipalities commit to zero waste
      A European initiative involving municipalities, companies and citizens' groups is encouraging its members to commit to the elimination of residual waste, thereby ending landfill and incineration as waste management practices.

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      • Waste
      • Eu
    • EU FUSIONS: food for thought

      30/09/13

      EU FUSIONS: food for thought
      A major European Union research project is studying how the environmental problem of food waste can be tackled through agreed definitions, common strategies and social innovation.

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      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Socks from the sea

      11/06/13

      Socks from the sea
      Humanity faces many thorny environmental challenges, but one of the most difficult is how to clean up the seas, which have long been used as a dumping ground for waste. A pioneering initiative involving organisations in the Netherlands, Italy and Slovenia is showing how one type of waste – abandoned fishing nets – can be recovered from the oceans and turned into useful consumer products.

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      • Biodiversity,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow

      29/04/13

      Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow
      An online portal is aiming to promote the results of European environmental research and development by providing details of a range of promising eco-innovations, and rating their “technology readiness”.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • 'Concrete' solutions

      11/03/13

      'Concrete' solutions
      The European Union's construction sector faces a testing target. Under the EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), it must, by 2020, reuse or recycle at least 70% by weight of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  

      11/02/13

      SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  
      A major cross-sectoral partnership is planning to channel €1.4 billion in private sector research spending to resource and energy efficiency in Europe's process industries – those sectors, such as steel and cement, that transform bulk resources into products that underpin modern economies.

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      • Construction,
      • Energy efficiency,
      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Eu
    • Waste not, want not

      10/12/12

      Waste not, want not
      A Portuguese company has been recognised for its waste management software – an example of how modern technology can make environmental services more efficient.

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      • Recycling,
      • Technology,
      • Waste
      • Portugal
    • Treating wastewater locally

      26/11/12

      Treating wastewater locally
      Wastewater treatment could be made more efficient by decentralising it, according to Danish company Grundfos. A small-scale, mobile wastewater treatment plant developed by Grundfos is being installed and tested in small municipalities to demonstrate the flexibility that decentralised wastewater management can bring.

      Read more

      • Waste,
      • Water
      • Denmark
    • Sweden sees big biogas potential in waste

      28/07/11

      Sweden sees big biogas potential in waste
      Anaerobic digestion of food waste could double Sweden’s biogas production and reduce environmental damage by cutting methane emissions from landfill suggests a government strategy.

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      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Waste
      • Sweden
    • Boosting the environmental return on glass recycling

      15/04/10

      Boosting the environmental return on glass recycling
      The MEIGLASS Life project developed an innovative process for recovering greater amounts of quality glass from broken or waste glass returned for recycling with less energy use.

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      • Recycling,
      • Waste
      • Italy
  • Water

    • Innovative filtration media promises cleaner treated water

      11/02/14

      Innovative filtration media promises cleaner treated water
      A circular-economy initiative just outside the Scottish capital of Edinburgh is making waves in water filtration by producing a highly efficient filtration media from recycled glass. The Active Filter Media (AFM), made by the company Dryden Aqua, has been so successful that its production now uses a quarter of all the glass recycled in Scotland.

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      • Sustainable Consumption and Production,
      • Water
      • United Kingdom
    • German start-up offers eco-efficient urban farms

      11/02/14

      German start-up offers eco-efficient urban farms
      A small German eco-innovation company is attracting attention after winning a most-promising start-up award in the "agriculture, water and waste" category at the Cleantech Open Global Forum, a major cleantech innovation event held in Silicon Valley, California, in November 2013.

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      • Agriculture,
      • Water
      • Germany
    • German start-up offers eco-efficient urban container farming

      11/02/14

      German start-up offers eco-efficient urban container farming
      A small German eco-innovation company is attracting attention after winning a most-promising start-up award in the "agriculture, water and waste" category at the Cleantech Open Global Forum, a major cleantech innovation event held in Silicon Valley, California, in November 2013.

      Read more

      • Agriculture,
      • Water
      • Germany
    • Washing whiter without water

      28/01/13

      Washing whiter without water
      The future of laundry could be cleaning with plastic beads, rather than with water, according to Xeros, a small company based in the northern English town of Rotherham.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Water
      • Eu
    • The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: water sector eco-innovation in practice

      15/01/13

      The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: water sector eco-innovation in practice
      The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal on 26-27 November 2012, focused on eco-innovation in the water sector. Eco-innovation is crucial for the water sector because of looming supply problems. Almost half the world population (47%) will be living under severe water stress by 2030 if no new policies are introduced, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In many countries, it is already happening.

      Read more

      • Industry,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Water
      • Portugal
    • Treating wastewater locally

      26/11/12

      Treating wastewater locally
      Wastewater treatment could be made more efficient by decentralising it, according to Danish company Grundfos. A small-scale, mobile wastewater treatment plant developed by Grundfos is being installed and tested in small municipalities to demonstrate the flexibility that decentralised wastewater management can bring.

      Read more

      • Waste,
      • Water
      • Denmark
    • Reducing surplus sludge in wastewater treatment

      19/09/11

      Reducing surplus sludge in wastewater treatment
      The EU-funded WASTEred project has facilitated the successful market launch of an eco-innovative product to reduce sludge generated during wastewater treatment in the food sector.

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      • Water
      • Eu
    • Conjuring water out of air

      03/10/10

      Conjuring water out of air
      Innovator Dutch Rainmaker has married wind-turbine technology with water production and purification expertise to create a sustainable method for extracting water from air.

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Technology,
      • Water
      • Netherlands
    • Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads

      26/03/09

      Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads
      Cranfield University is pioneering the use of glass beads in water treatment – a concept that could lead to dramatic energy savings in treating drinking, waste and industrial water.

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      • Technology,
      • Water
      • United Kingdom
    • Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads

      26/03/09

      Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads
      Cranfield University is pioneering the use of glass beads in water treatment – a concept that could lead to dramatic energy savings in treating drinking, waste and industrial water.

      Read more

      • Recycling,
      • Water
      • United Kingdom
    • Cutting the cost of treating oil-polluted wastewater

      12/03/09

      Cutting the cost of treating oil-polluted wastewater
      The EUREKA Euroenviron Biosorb-Tox project has developed a treatment system for oil-polluted wastewater that is changing the way it can be treated while dramatically cutting costs.

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      • Recycling,
      • Water
      • Lithuania
    • World's first mine-water power station opens in Heerlen

      15/02/09

      World's first mine-water power station opens in Heerlen
      The EU-supported Minewater project opened the world's first mine-water power station in the Netherlands in October 2008 to highlight the geothermal energy potential of water in old mines.

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      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Water
      • Netherlands
    • Eco-friendly robotic cleaner to reduce ship fuel consumption.

      14/02/09

      Eco-friendly robotic cleaner to reduce ship fuel consumption.
      Newcastle University engineers have developed a robotic cleaning system able to navigate its own way across a ship’s hull and remove marine growths. It offers an effective replacement to environmentally-damaging biocides

      Read more

      • Transport,
      • Water
      • United Kingdom
    • Stockholm Water Prize awarded to virtual water innovator

      22/01/09

      Stockholm Water Prize awarded to virtual water innovator
      Professor John Anthony Allan has been awarded the 2008 Stockholm Water Prize in recognition of his contribution to the water sector. He pioneered the concept of ‘virtual water’.

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      • Water
      • Sweden
    • On the crest of wave-power production

      21/01/09

      On the crest of wave-power production
      National and international organisations worked together to fund, develop and open the world's first commercial wave power plant off the coast of Portugal, as part of ETAP-oriented plans to intensify the exploitation of renewable energy sources

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      • Energy efficiency,
      • Resource Efficiency,
      • Water
      • Eu
    • Rising tide of marine energy to lift the UK

      21/01/09

      Rising tide of marine energy to lift the UK
      The United Kingdom is at the forefront of marine energy research and development, and many believe this growing sector could in the future meet a fifth of all British energy demands.

      Read more

      • Energy efficiency,
      • Water
      • United Kingdom
    • World's cleanest vessel on inland waterway

      06/08/08

      World's cleanest vessel on inland waterway
      An EU-funded research project is currently demonstrating a low-emission, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly tanker, developed to reduce the environmental impact of inland shipping.

      Read more

      • Sustainable Consumption and Production,
      • Transport,
      • Water
      • Eu