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  • DYNAMIX project maps future resource use pathways  

    15/07/14

    DYNAMIX project maps future resource use pathways  
    The EU-backed DYNAMIX project, which has been established to contribute to the aims of the European Commission's resource efficiency roadmap, has published a research report that offers a comparative analysis of current initiatives working to achieve the absolute decoupling of resource use from economic growth.

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  • Eco-Innovation Scoreboard points to continued EU green economy divide  

    30/06/14

    Eco-Innovation Scoreboard points to continued EU green economy divide  
    The European Union Eco-Innovation Scoreboard, which measures the relative eco-innovation performance of EU countries against the EU average, has been updated.

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  • INNEON project sets out to galvanise financing for eco-innovation  

    18/06/14

    INNEON project sets out to galvanise financing for eco-innovation  
    A new project that aims to make it easier for eco-innovative companies to secure financing is getting underway. The INNEON (Network for eco-innovation investment) project formally started in February 2014, and has now launched its website at http://www.inneon.eu.

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  • Waste legislation overhaul will underline circular economy benefits

    02/06/14

    Waste legislation overhaul will underline circular economy benefits
    Forthcoming proposals designed to overhaul European Union waste legislation will be a “package on the circular economy,” the European Commission has said. The package, scheduled for publication later in 2014, will review several EU directives, and could introduce new waste targets, with the aim of driving greater resource efficiency in line with the 2011 Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and the Eco-innovation Action Plan.

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  • New study on product durability launched by DG Environment

    22/04/14

    New study on product durability launched by DG Environment
    A project commissioned by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment (DG Environment) will develop a methodology to assess the durability of products. Two products that would benefit from extended durability will be selected to pilot the methodology. This is the first time the European Commission has aimed to define and assess product durability using a common approach.

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  • EU should set target to focus its resource efficiency efforts, European Resource Efficiency Platform says

    03/04/14

    EU should set target to focus its resource efficiency efforts, European Resource Efficiency Platform says
    The European Union should set itself a resource efficiency target that would have the effect of making the bloc at least 30% more resource productive by 2030, according to the final recommendations of the high-level European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP).

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  • Croatian construction panels show promise

    03/04/14

    Croatian construction panels show promise
    A Croatian project is combining two eco-innovative developments to manufacture a recyclable prefabricated wall panel that it says could be “a possible technological solution for fast construction of very low energy buildings on a large scale.” The project, ECO-SANDWICH, is part financed by the European Commission Eco-Innovation Programme.

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  • EMAS Awards in April to highlight eco-innovation

    18/03/14

    EMAS Awards in April to highlight eco-innovation
    The European Commission is preparing to hand out the 2014 EMAS Awards to organisations that excel in the application of the European Union's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). The award event will take place in Hannover, Germany, on 7 April, and will for the first time link the awards explicitly to eco-innovation. The winning organisations will be those that most effectively demonstrate “effective eco-innovation supporting improvements in environmental performance.”

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    • Resource Efficiency
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  • Crisis and unemployment? Eco-innovation is a green solution for jobs

    27/01/14

    Crisis and unemployment? Eco-innovation is a green solution for jobs
    A recent report by MEP Karin Kadenbach (Austrian, S&D) calls on Member States and the European Commission to boost eco-innovation in order to spur growth and create new green jobs throughout Europe.

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  • EU centre helps eco-entrepreneurs enter India's vast cleantech market  

    15/01/14

    EU centre helps eco-entrepreneurs enter India's vast cleantech market  
    European Union cleantech entrepreneurs looking for opportunities in India can consult the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), which in November 2013 celebrated its fifth anniversary.

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  • Horizon 2020 kicks off

    15/01/14

    Horizon 2020 kicks off
    The European Commission has published the first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020, the main EU research and innovation programme, which has recently been agreed by the European Parliament and EU member states. Under the agreement, which covers 2014-2020, EU research and innovation funding will be significantly increased compared to Horizon 2020's predecessor, the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7, 2007-2013).

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  • Shaping eco-innovation: some first lessons from ECO-INNOVERA  

    15/01/14

    Shaping eco-innovation: some first lessons from ECO-INNOVERA  
    ECO-INNOVERA is a major European network with the objective of boosting eco-innovation through cooperation in research. One of its objectives is to understand how systemic eco-innovation can be accelerated and taken up by industry, and especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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  • Catering project seeks eco-innovative suppliers

    17/12/13

    Catering project seeks eco-innovative suppliers
    A pan-European project involving partners from Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom is testing how the power of procurement can be used as a lever to create greater sustainability in the catering trade.

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  • Eurostat publishes first resource efficiency scoreboard

    17/12/13

    Eurostat publishes first resource efficiency scoreboard
    The European Commission's statistical service Eurostat has published the first-ever resource efficiency scoreboard, comparing European countries using a set of 30 indicators covering natural resource consumption.

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    • Resource Efficiency
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  • New portal provides eco-innovation one-stop shop

    02/09/13

    New portal provides eco-innovation one-stop shop
    A new web portal is aiming to provide a comprehensive overview of eco-innovation research in the European Union by aggregating information from more than 1500 projects.

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    • Resource Efficiency
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  • European Resource Efficiency Platform pushes for "product passports"

    08/07/13

    European Resource Efficiency Platform pushes for "product passports"
    The European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), a high-level group set up to guide European policymakers, has published an interim set of recommendations. Among them is a proposals for “product passports” – a set of information about the components and materials that a product contains, and how they can be disassembled and recycled at the end of the product's useful life.

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    • Energy efficiency
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  • Open innovation ideal for eco-innovation

    08/07/13

    Open innovation ideal for eco-innovation
    Open innovation, or the development of new technologies through flexible networks, is an ideal fit for eco-innovative SMEs, especially because of the need to quickly internationalise new green technologies, according to BIC Innovation, a business support consultancy based in Bridgend, South Wales, United Kingdom.

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    • Resource Efficiency
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  • The 14th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: air quality means quality of life

    17/06/13

    The 14th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: air quality means quality of life
    Eco-innovation in the widest sense is needed if cities are to become more sustainable, particularly by improving air quality through the management of urban mobility, delegates at the 14th European Forum on Eco-Innovation were told. The forum was the latest to be organised by the European Commission's Eco-Innovation Action Plan Unit, to explore how eco-innovation can influence developments and result in better outcomes across all environmental policy areas.

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    • Energy efficiency,
    • Resource Efficiency
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  • An adaptable tool for assessing building sustainability

    14/05/13

    An adaptable tool for assessing building sustainability
    Construction companies have a growing body of environmentally sustainable building codes and standards to choose from. The best-known international standards are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which was developed in the United States but is used globally, and BREEAM, the United Kingdom's Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method.

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    • Construction,
    • Energy efficiency,
    • New services / business models
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  • Understanding the system-wide impact of eco-innovations  

    14/05/13

    Understanding the system-wide impact of eco-innovations  
    Because it is difficult to gain an overall view of the positive or negative impacts of environmental innovations on both the environment and the economy, the EMInInn research project (Environmental macro indicators of innovation) is aiming to put new indicators at the disposal of European policymakers.

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    • Agriculture,
    • Biodiversity,
    • Resource Efficiency,
    • Technology,
    • Waste
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  • 'New economy' map seeks to encourage sustainability

    29/04/13

    'New economy' map seeks to encourage sustainability
    Developers of projects that contribute to the evolution of the green “new economy” can showcase their initiatives on an interactive online map established by the Cambridge, Massachusetts based New Economics Institute (NEI), and United Kingdom think tank New Economics Foundation (NEF).

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    • Energy efficiency,
    • New services / business models,
    • Resource Efficiency,
    • Technology
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  • Houses built of straw

    02/04/13

    Houses built of straw
    Eco-innovation is not always about new materials. Three projects in the far east and west of the European Union have shown that eco-innovation can also be about finding new approaches to old materials. In these cases, the material is straw.

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    • Construction,
    • Energy efficiency,
    • Resource Efficiency
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  • Guide offers eco-innovative smart specialisation framework

    02/04/13

    Guide offers eco-innovative smart specialisation framework
    Smart specialisation is an approach to regional development in which regional authorities focus their resources on a few priority sectors in which the region can offer something new, and which have the potential for significant growth, and even global leadership. A recent guide, Connecting Smart and Sustainable Growth through Smart Specialisation , from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional Policy, gives practical advice on how smart specialisation can be applied to boost the green economy, in particular eco-innovation.

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    • Energy efficiency,
    • Resource Efficiency
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  • Cities get smart with eco-indicators

    26/03/13

    Cities get smart with eco-indicators
    Cities around the world are increasingly using an expanding body of eco-city indicators and frameworks as a key sustainable development tool. There is also a growing trend of cooperation between countries and cities to apply eco-city indicators flexibly in different contexts.

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    • Energy efficiency,
    • Resource Efficiency,
    • Technology
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  • Environmental Technology Verification: EU pilot programme now operational  

    26/03/13

    Environmental Technology Verification: EU pilot programme now operational  
    In 2009, the manufacturer of a water quality monitoring device, hoping to distribute it in Asia, was asked for evidence of an independent, scientific verification of its performance, so that the buyers could compare it with a similar American product.

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    • Technology
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  • European raw materials partnership to work on resource efficiency  

    20/02/13

    European raw materials partnership to work on resource efficiency  
    A new European Innovation Partnership (EIP), launched on 12 February, is to examine how the European Union can innovate to improve resource efficiency and to recover materials for reuse, rather than relying on primary raw materials.

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    • Energy efficiency,
    • Industry,
    • Recycling,
    • Resource Efficiency,
    • Technology
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  • New Eco Innovation Observatory report plots transition to sustainability  

    20/02/13

    New Eco Innovation Observatory report plots transition to sustainability  
    The transition to a sustainable economy based on eco-innovation requires systemic change and “new collaborations to create functional systems that integrate environmental sustainability at their core,” according to the 2012 annual report of the Eco Innovation Observatory, which was published at the end of January.

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    • Energy efficiency,
    • Resource Efficiency,
    • Technology
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  • Small companies, big ideas

    29/10/12

    Small companies, big ideas
    Eco-innovation matters in two ways for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). First, many SMEs could benefit by introducing eco-innovative approaches into their operations. Second, SMEs, and especially start-ups, can be the ideal incubators for eco-innovation, and can bring to market new, less environmentally damaging products, services and processes.

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  • Making the most of public purchasing power

    29/10/12

    Making the most of public purchasing power
    Public authorities should define their purchasing goals at a much earlier stage, if they want to use green public procurement (GPP) to boost eco-innovation, according to a European Union funded project.

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  • On the road

    15/10/12

    On the road
    A European Commission transport research strategy seeks to boost eco-innovation by focusing attention on new types of vehicles, smart and green infrastructure, and the integrated management of different transport modes to achieve maximum efficiency.

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  • Potocnik: eco-innovation requires a systemic rethink

    15/10/12

    Potocnik: eco-innovation requires a systemic rethink
    Eco-innovation should go beyond incremental environmental improvements and efficiency gains, and aim at “breaking out of locked-in systems and thinking,” according to EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik.

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  • European partnership promises water innovations

    01/10/12

    European partnership promises water innovations
    A major European Union initiative to promote innovation in the water sector has promised to adopt its strategic implementation plan by the end of the year, with its operational phase to start in early 2013. The European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIPW) held its kick-off meeting in Brussels on 4 September.

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  • EcoAp website goes live

    14/09/12

    EcoAp website goes live
    The EcoAp website is open for submissions: showcase your eco-innovative thinking or cutting edge practice.

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  • Regions get smart about eco-innovation

    24/11/11

    Regions get smart about eco-innovation
    The EU ‘Smart Specialisation Platform’ will help European regions to focus on what they do best for the maximum competitive advantage and return on EU funds.

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  • Innovation key to green growth, says OECD report

    26/10/11

    Innovation key to green growth, says OECD report
    Protecting natural resources need not compromise on economic growth. The OECD's Green Growth Strategy shows how, through policies in support of green innovation, this is possible.

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  • Greening cohesion policy through eco-innovation

    03/10/11

    Greening cohesion policy through eco-innovation
    A recent study by WWF Germany suggests that a greater emphasis on eco-innovation within EU regional innovation policy could significantly increase ERDF environment-related expenditure.

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  • Taking stock of green public procurement in Europe

    19/09/11

    Taking stock of green public procurement in Europe
    EU Member States are increasingly using their purchasing power through public procurement to stimulate eco-innovation and the uptake of green technologies and services across Europe.

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  • FP7 stimulates support for sustainable development

    28/07/11

    FP7 stimulates support for sustainable development
    A progress report on the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research highlights support for sustainable development and indicates which issues still need to be addressed.

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  • EU needs indoor air quality policy framework

    28/07/11

    EU needs indoor air quality policy framework
    The Belgian EU presidency has called for a pan-European framework to improve indoor air quality and to avoid national initiatives which could breach internal market rules.

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  • New report charts Europe’s eco-innovation challenge

    28/07/11

    New report charts Europe’s eco-innovation challenge
    Many European companies innovate but large material efficiency gains often remain elusive. This is leaving much untapped potential for economic and environmental improvement.

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  • Commission energy strategy calls for efficiency and solidarity

    28/07/11

    Commission energy strategy calls for efficiency and solidarity
    The Commission's second strategic energy review package looks at energy security, climate and emissions targets, and both renewable energy and energy efficiency

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  • Stimulating better personal environmental performance

    28/07/11

    Stimulating better personal environmental performance
    The EU Action Plan on sustainable production and consumption aims at enabling citizens to make greener choices that will ultimately improve their personal environmental performance

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  • South Africa and EU strengthen clean coal cooperation

    28/07/11

    South Africa and EU strengthen clean coal cooperation
    South Africa and the EU are beginning to co-operate closely in the field of clean coal technology and carbon capture and storage, with a joint working group facilitating R&D exchange.

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  • EU boosts energy performance of domestic electrical goods

    28/07/11

    EU boosts energy performance of domestic electrical goods
    The EU has set new rules to improve energy use in TVs and white goods. This includes revised labelling with additional top ratings. However, these changes have met a mixed response.

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  • EU helps Asia become more sustainable

    28/07/11

    EU helps Asia become more sustainable
    SWITCH-Asia is a €150 million programme in which the EU is encouraging Asian SMEs to become more sustainable through policy support, information exchange and on-the-ground projects.

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  • Using ‘emergy’ analysis to measure eco-village sustainability

    28/07/11

    Using ‘emergy’ analysis to measure eco-village sustainability
    A survey carried out to measure the sustainability of a Sicilian eco-village suggests that ‘emergy’ analysis produces more comprehensive results than life-cycle or other forms of analysis

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  • Climate change key concern for European citizens

    28/07/11

    Die Klimaveränderung ist aus der Sicht der EU-Bürger ein wichtiges Problem
    The 2008 Eurobarometer survey indicates climate change has become a key issue for European citizens, and highlights the need for better information and greater action at national and EU level

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  • SEE awards recognise excellence in sustainable energy

    28/07/11

    SEE awards recognise excellence in sustainable energy
    One highlight of the EUSEW 2009 was the third annual Sustainable Energy Europe awards recognising the Sustainable Energy Partners whose projects were deemed examples of excellence.

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  • EU mayors commit to significant reductions in CO2 emissions

    28/07/11

    EU mayors commit to significant reductions in CO2 emissions
    Over 1000 people attended the first formal signing of the Covenant of Mayors in Brussels. The Covenant commits cities to reduce CO2 emissions beyond the EU 20% objectives for 2020.

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  • EUSEW 2009 addresses key eco-innovation issues

    28/07/11

    EUSEW 2009 addresses key eco-innovation issues
    EUSEW 2009 hosted a number of events relating to eco-innovation. These events demonstrated leading projects in different areas, and highlighted the funding opportunities available.

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  • Regions work together to support eco-innovation

    28/07/11

    Regions work together to support eco-innovation
    The ECREIN+ project will provide regional support for eco-innovation in partnership with the Assembly of European Regions. ECREIN+ is funded under the INTERREG IVC programme.

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  • Single European Sky to cut aviation emissions

    28/07/11

    Single European Sky to cut aviation emissions
    The EU has committed to support the implementation of the Single European Sky initiative by 2012. Effective air traffic management can cut fuel consumption and emissions by 10%.

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  • Climate change package to enhance growth and jobs

    28/07/11

    Climate change package to enhance growth and jobs
    A Commission package to fight climate change and promote renewable energy, demonstrating targets agreed last year are technologically and economically sound, provides a major opportunity for businesses.

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  • Eco-innovation Action Plan sets agenda for jobs and growth

    28/07/11

    Eco-innovation Action Plan sets agenda for jobs and growth
    The European Commission has launched a new Eco-innovation Action Plan as part of Europe 2020. Building on the lessons-learnt of ETAP, the plan complements the EU policies on innovation, resource efficiency, industry and skills to support the transition towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

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  • Green accounting, our future

    28/07/11

    Green accounting, our future
    Growth can no longer be measured in strictly economic terms such as the monetary value of output, income or expenditure per head. Additional criteria are needed for green growth.

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  • Developing an EU environmental technology verification scheme

    28/07/11

    Developing an EU environmental technology verification scheme
    The LIFE TRITECH environmental technology verification (ETV) project provided a base for a voluntary EU ETV scheme. The Advance ETV project is co-ordinating further action in FP7.

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  • Challenges and opportunities in making Europe a ‘recycling society’

    28/07/11

    Challenges and opportunities in making Europe a ‘recycling society’
    The initiative to promote the prevention and recycling of waste at EU level has led to substantial improvements but significant margins still exist for better resource efficiency.

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  • Greening the European aggregate industry

    28/07/11

    Greening the European aggregate industry
    A core industry sets its sights on a sustainable future, tackling biodiversity, air and water pollution, and climate change as the European Aggregates Association (UEPG) explains.

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    • Construction,
    • Industry
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  • New energy labels proposed for EU household products

    28/07/11

    New energy labels proposed for EU household products
    The Commission has proposed the first-ever energy label for TVs and updated labelling for refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and washing machines to reflect technical improvements.

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  • OECD Global Forum calls for broader perspective on eco-innovation

    28/07/11

    OECD Global Forum calls for broader perspective on eco-innovation
    Key messages emerging from the OECD Global Forum on Eco-innovation suggest policy makers and stakeholders view eco-innovation as more than just the invention of new technologies.

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  • The role of wood in tackling climate change

    28/07/11

    The role of wood in tackling climate change
    The European Economic and Social Committee has called for forests and wood-based products to play a central role in climate-change mitigation as carbon sinks and by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Training for a green economy: an urgent task for Europe

    28/07/11

    Training for a green economy: an urgent task for Europe
    A Cedefop study on the skills needed to develop a low-carbon economy in EU Member States concludes that training for a green economy is urgent as part of mainstream education.

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  • Birmingham forum highlights role for eco-innovation in a resource-efficient economy

    28/07/11

    Birmingham forum highlights role for eco-innovation in a resource-efficient economy
    The 10th European Forum on Eco-Innovation in Birmingham, England focused on the role of eco-innovation and eco-innovative business in driving a resource-efficient European economy.

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  • Technologies available to reduce European steel, paper and cement industry emissions

    28/07/11

    Technologies available to reduce European steel, paper and cement industry emissions
    A Climate Action Network Europe report indicates the technologies needed to take Europe beyond an 80% emissions reduction in the steel, cement and paper industries already exist.

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  • Copper industry calls for framework to protect innovation and competitiveness

    28/07/11

    Copper industry calls for framework to protect innovation and competitiveness
    The European copper industry has proposed a set of principles which it believes will ensure a balanced regulatory framework designed to support innovation and protect competitiveness.

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  • Eco-innovation INNO-Net champions eco-innovation policy

    28/07/11

    Eco-innovation INNO-Net champions eco-innovation policy
    The Commission's INNO-Net on Eco-innovation will enable an exchange of ideas, and lead to common work towards transferability of good practices, benchmarking, and target setting

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  • ETAP forum tackles global environmental technology market

    28/07/11

    ETAP forum tackles global environmental technology market
    The 4th European Forum on Eco-innovation in Vienna on 31 January and 1 February 2008 debated key recommendations on how the EU can boost its position in the global market for environmental technologies.

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  • Improving technology transfers in the environmental sector

    28/07/11

    Improving technology transfers in the environmental sector
    The EU funded METTTES project, which finished in September 2008, endeavoured to increase cross-border transfer of technologies that are particularly relevant to the environmental sector

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    • Eu
  • Helping the green sector through difficult times  

    28/07/11

    Helping the green sector through difficult times  
    Global recession and cheaper oil have slowed growth in green start-ups but economic stimulus plans may aid the transfer to a sustainable green economy with the environment a key sector in the future global economy.

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    • Eu
  • ELENA facility supports cities and regions in developing sustainable solutions

    01/07/10

    ELENA facility supports cities and regions in developing sustainable solutions
    The European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility provides financial and technical assistance to help local and regional authorities attract funding for sustainable energy projects.

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  • ILCD handbook to act as authoritative guide for policy-makers

    28/04/10

    ILCD handbook to act as authoritative guide for policy-makers
    The European Platform on Life-Cycle Assessment’s International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) handbook aims to help policy-makers assess the environmental impact of products.

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    • Eu
  • Energy Labelling Directive extended to energy-related products

    29/03/10

    Energy Labelling Directive extended to energy-related products
    The revised Energy Labelling Directive will extend the scope of EU legislation on energy-related products to include all goods impacting energy consumption directly or indirectly.

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  • An ‘Eco-technology’ Round Table

    27/08/09

    An ‘Eco-technology’ Round Table
    Through the ‘Environment Round Table’ France is formulating collective solutions to environmental problems at the national, European and international levels.

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  • OECD surveys sustainable materials management initiatives

    28/07/09

    OECD surveys sustainable materials management initiatives
    The OECD has produced an inventory of international initiatives related to development of sustainable materials management as a viable alternative to traditional waste management.

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    • Eu
  • European Parliament backs Ecodesign Directive extension

    09/06/09

    European Parliament backs Ecodesign Directive extension
    The Commission proposal to include energy-related products as well as energy-using products in the European Ecodesign Directive has received the backing of the European Parliament.

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  • China’s CO2 emissions to double by 2030

    29/05/09

    China’s CO2 emissions to double by 2030
    A new report suggests that the world’s leading CO2 emitter, China, could double its emissions by 2030. China states that this increase is due to manufacturing for Western markets.

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    • Eu
  • Bringing low carbon technologies to the developing world

    29/05/09

    Bringing low carbon technologies to the developing world
    An Indian-UK collaborative study has set out six key considerations to facilitate transfer of low-carbon technologies to developing countries to help fight global climate change.

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    • Eu
  • Investing in eco-innovation to reduce climate change

    28/04/09

    Investing in eco-innovation to reduce climate change
    The EU Sustainable Energy Week 2009 highlighted the role of the CIP in the fight against climate change by its funding of eco-innovative SMEs through the eco-innovation programme.

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    • Eu
  • 22/01/09

    Four Capitals evaluation framework to assess sustainability of EU Structural Fund programmes.

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    • Eu
  • Networked Observatory on Eco-Innovation soll als strategische Wissensressource fungieren

    06/01/09

    Networked Observatory on Eco-Innovation soll als strategische Wissensressource fungieren

    The Competitiveness and Innovation Programme will provide a framework for the Networked Observatory on Eco-Innovation, which will act as a knowledge resource for policy makers, business and finance.

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    • Eu
  • Measuring eco-innovation a necessity and a challenge

    06/01/09

    Measuring eco-innovation a necessity and a challenge
    Measuring eco-innovation development in the EU is of vital importance. However, the final report from the Sectoral Innovation Watch states that current indicators are insufficient.

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  • Call for Solar Europe Industrial Initiative to accelerate technical progress

    06/01/09

    Call for Solar Europe Industrial Initiative to accelerate technical progress
    European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik calls for the establishment of a Solar Europe Industrial Initiative to speed progress and meet EU energy and climate goals.

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  • Call for EU-wide benchmarking in EU emission trading scheme

    19/11/08

    Call for EU-wide benchmarking in EU emission trading scheme
    A recent report assessing the first two years of the ETS outlines the positive, compromises and problems, while recommending benchmarking to increase business predictability

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    • Eu
  • Eco-innovation driving the future of the EU

    07/11/08

    Eco-innovation driving the future of the EU
    Eco-innovation should be viewed as a driving force, shaping how the EU views future markets and presenting a golden opportunity, concludes the Europe Innova Sectoral Innovation Watch on eco-innovation.  

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  • European Council adopts Fuel Cells and Hydrogen JTI

    06/11/08

    European Council adopts Fuel Cells and Hydrogen JTI
    Major funding by the EU and industry should put Europe at the forefront of hydrogen fuel cell development and deployment. This could lead to a future where car emissions are purely water.

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  • Commission launches major funding programme for eco-innovation projects

    19/08/08

    Commission launches major funding programme for eco-innovation projects
    The EU Competitiveness and Innovation programme is offering €28 million funding in 2008 to stimulate take up of the best environmental products, processes and services in Europe, contributing to implementation of ETAP.

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  • CEC champions green building

    06/08/08

    CEC champions green building
    Green design, construction, renovation and operation of buildings could cut North American greenhouse gas emissions more deeply, quickly and cheaply than other measure according to a new report.

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  • Driving the hydrogen way

    06/08/08

    Driving the hydrogen way
    Hydrogen energy could reduce oil consumption by 40% in road transport by 2050 according to the HyWays project, which proposes a roadmap to overcome barriers and boost European competitiveness in this key sector.

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  • Call for more integrated approach to road transport research

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  • Lead market initiative set to unlock global markets

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    Lead market initiative set to unlock global markets
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  • New Directive targets further cuts in industrial emissions

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    New Directive targets further cuts in industrial emissions
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  • ETAP forum tackles global environmental technology market

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    ETAP forum tackles global environmental technology market
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  • La nouvelle directive vise d'autres rductions des missions industrielles

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  • La Commission encourage la passation de marchs pour les investissements publics dans la R&D

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    La Commission encourage la passation de marchs pour les investissements publics dans la R&D
     

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  • New Directive targets further cuts in industrial emissions

    17/07/08

    New Directive targets further cuts in industrial emissions
    New legislation will strengthen and simplify existing rules while reducing emissions further throughout the EU. It will cut costs and contribute to future sustainability of EU industry.

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  • Pursuit of sustainability drives innovation in the chemical industry

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    Pursuit of sustainability drives innovation in the chemical industry
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  • Maintaining Europe's competitive edge in eco-industry

    01/01/01

    Maintaining Europe's competitive edge in eco-industry
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