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  • “Limits to Growth” predictions borne out, analysis finds  

    21/10/14

    “Limits to Growth” predictions borne out, analysis finds  
    An early 1970s computer model has proved remarkably accurate in predicting developments in the world economy, population and resource consumption, according to a recent study published by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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  • Better sound barriers  

    11/02/13

    Better sound barriers  
    A Croatian project, part funded by the European Union's Competitiveness and Innovation Programme Eco-innovation initiative, is aiming to demonstrate that recycled vehicle tyres can be turned into an environmentally-useful product: sound reduction barriers that are installed alongside roads and railways.

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  • Greek gift

    13/11/12

    Greek gift
    Use of unproductive agricultural land in Greece to produce algae for biofuel could benefit the Greek economy by more than €1 billion annually, and could support more than 5,000 jobs, according to a business plan developed by two Greek entrepreneurs.

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  • Turning SMEs into trailblazers

    24/11/11

    Turning SMEs into trailblazers
    Resource-efficiency experts are helping a select group of SMEs in the east of England to innovate, protect the environment, cut their costs and improve rural competitiveness.

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  • Pooling Europe’s eco-innovation efforts

    26/10/11

    Pooling Europe’s eco-innovation efforts
    ECO-INNOVERA is an attempt to create a truly European vision and support programme for eco-innovation with one of its first outputs being a cross-border call for proposals for R&D.

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  • Tackling urban water shortages: new technologies for self-sufficiency

    04/09/11

    Tackling urban water shortages: new technologies for self-sufficiency
    A Danish study of alternative water supply systems suggests that adopting a mix of different technologies could optimise the potential for water self- sufficiency in urban areas.

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  • The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) calls for independent experts.

    28/07/11

    The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) calls for independent experts.

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  • EIT knowledge and innovation communities to promote innovation and ensure competitiveness in Europe

    28/07/11

    EIT knowledge and innovation communities to promote innovation and ensure competitiveness in Europe
    Knowledge and innovation communities hold the key to the growth of innovation in Europe, and will form the foundations of the new European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

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  • EU funding for environmental research encourages a variety of projects

    28/07/11

    EU funding for environmental research encourages a variety of projects
    Funding for environmental technologies in FP7 has resulted in a series of promising research projects. Such investment into R&D can potentially lead to real environmental benefits.

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  • Importance of industry's R&D contribution to sustainability

    28/07/11

    Importance of industry's R&D contribution to sustainability
    Industry has a key role to play in optimising the contribution research makes to sustainable development but management must seize the opportunities according to a recent Commission conference.

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  • Nanotechnology: potential benefits, unknown risks

    28/07/11

    Nanotechnology: potential benefits, unknown risks
    As the European Commission works to shape the EU’s future nanotechnology strategy, experts from across the Union are calling for more research into potential environmental risks.

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  • Developing collaborative solutions to environmental challenges

    28/07/11

    Developing collaborative solutions to environmental challenges
    European Technology Platforms play a key role in helping the Environmental Technologies Action Plan ensure eco-innovations make the transition from research to commercialisation.

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  • EUREKA label marks out outstanding projects in market-oriented water technologies

    28/07/11

    EUREKA label marks out outstanding projects in market-oriented water technologies
    ACQUEAU, the industry-driven EUREKA initiative which funds innovative R&D in the European water sector, launched a third call for projects focusing on low-energy wastewater treatment.

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  • Eco-technologies get a boost through innovation clusters

    28/07/11

    Eco-technologies get a boost through innovation clusters
    Academic, economic and political sectors are forming partnerships in regions around the world to give extra impetus and support to R&D, innovation and brand-new eco-technologies.

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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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  • First STEP towards sustainable public buildings

    28/07/11

    Der erste Schritt zur Nachhaltigkeit öffentlicher Gebäude
    The Warsaw University of Technology STEP project is striving to improve the energy performance of Polish public buildings by developing new software and educational support tools.

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  • Poland starts to explore eco-innovation

    28/07/11

    Poland starts to explore eco-innovation
    Poland may still be a beginner when it comes to delivering eco-innovations that benefit economy and environment, but interest and support is on the up according to a recent report.

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  • Polish research groups partner up to offer their best

    28/07/11

    Polish research groups partner up to offer their best
    ENVITECH-Net links up research institutions in Poland with one another and colleagues abroad to drive the development and dissemination of innovative environmental technologies.

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