Environment

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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...
European Commission sets out wide-ranging circular economy plans
08/12/2015
The European Commission published its eagerly awaited package of circular economy measures on 2 December. The package includes a range of legislative and non-legislative initiatives encompassing waste management, ecodesign, waste reduction, promotion of reuse and financing for circular-economy...
Norwegian programme tests green shipping concepts
04/11/2015
A group of Norwegian shipping companies has come together to work on five pilot projects that are intended to improve the environmental performance of shipping that operates close to shore, such as ferries or short-distance freight. The main aim of the scheme, known as the Green Coastal Shipping...
04/11/2015
Europe and Korea can learn from one another to bolster eco-innovation, move closer to a circular economy and deliver on the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, concluded decision-makers from both regions at the 19th Forum on Eco-Innovation held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea...
Awards recognise France’s circular economy champions
06/10/2015
France’s Circular Economy Institute (Institut de l'économie circulaire) recognised a raft of companies, individuals and public authorities that are in the vanguard of the circular economy in an awards ceremony in Paris in mid-September. It is the second year awards have been given out to...
Eco-innovation in Croatia: work in progress
07/09/2015
The European Union's newest member state, Croatia, is at the start of its journey to develop and implement the policies and support measures that will boost eco-innovation. There is so far no targeted eco-innovation policy, but work is underway to build capacity and gain experience. Croatian...

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