Environment

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Manifesto maps out Europe's future bioeconomy
18/05/2016
A high-level conference held in Utrecht, the Netherlands in mid-April, under the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, has published a manifesto that sets out a roadmap for the development of the bioeconomy in the EU. The manifesto defines the bioeconomy as: “those parts of the...
Resource efficiency research projects close with joint final conference
31/03/2016
A pair of European Union-backed resource efficiency projects teamed up in February for a joint final conference that set out recommendations on the right combination of policies to create an effective framework for a circular economy. The two projects, DYNAMIX (DYNAmic policy MIXes for absolute...
Steps taken to eliminate barriers to the circular economy
31/03/2016
Two new initiatives, from the European Commission and the Dutch government respectively, aim to eliminate legal barriers that hold up the cross-border trade in raw materials obtained from waste, and illustrate the benefits for the circular economy of cooperation between regulators. This is in line...
SHIFT project concludes with handbook on eco-innovation support scheme design
09/03/2016
Support systems designed to underpin entrepreneurship and innovation are still insufficiently focused on eco-innovation and sustainability, according to the final recommendations of a research project supported by the ECO-INNOVERA Network. Environmental, social and economic benefits The SHIFT...
EU Green Action Plan boosts SME resource efficiency
23/02/2016
During 2015, the European Commission took a number of initiatives to encourage small and medium-sized companies to see the business opportunities that can arise from greater resource efficiency and green entrepreneurship. The initiatives are grouped under the Commission's Green Action Plan for SMEs...
Award scheme highlights environmental as well as social innovation
09/02/2016
A European award scheme for innovative social projects shows that social innovation often goes hand in hand with environmental innovation. The European Social Innovation Competition gave out its first awards in 2013, and the scheme is now getting ready to open its fourth edition, with a launch...
Economy of plastics must go circular, report argues
26/01/2016
The environmental costs arising from the production and use of plastic currently outweigh the plastic industry's global profits, but a “new plastics economy” based on circular principles is possible, according to a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum. The...
Study sets out basis of life-cycle sustainability assessment for buildings
26/01/2016
Buildings have a huge environmental footprint. Their construction and use consumes about half of the extracted materials and energy used in the European Union, and is responsible for about a third of EU water consumption. Construction and demolition of buildings also generates about a third of the...
Promoting a greener, sustainable Christmas and New Year
21/12/2015
For many of us, the Festive Season is a time of hearty meals, decorating our homes, and giving and receiving presents, but this increased consumption can lead to increased environmental damage. Municipalities and governments around Europe are trying to encourage good practices and new ideas that...
Luxembourgish town to pilot circular economy
08/12/2015
The town of Wiltz in northern Luxembourg has been designated a circular economy testbed as part of a government of Luxembourg initiative to promote environmental and economic sustainability. The initiative in Wiltz follows on from the December 2014 publication by the Luxembourg Economy Ministry of...

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