Putting eco-innovation at the heart of European policies.
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.
Danish brewing multinational Carlsberg has embarked on a major private sector initiative, involving many of its main suppliers, on the upcycling of beer cans, bottles and other packaging.
In any discussion about eco-innovation, a vast territory is usually left uncharted: the oceans. The bounty of the seas, including food and valuable minerals, is commonly over-exploited, causing in some cases extensive damage. There is huge scope to make the existing marine economy more resource efficient and less environmentally-damaging.
A mentoring programme aimed at eco-innovation entrepreneurs in the western French départements of Loire Atlantique and Vendée is moving into its second year. During July, the Eco Innovation Factory will select up to eight projects for a six-month programme of expert advice and tuition. The ultimate aim is to prepare the entrepreneurs to make a “pitch” for venture financing, which will enable their projects to scale up and, over time, to reach their full potential.
An Italian project supported by the European Union's LIFE+ programme is exploring an innovative solution to a problem that all municipal authorities face: biodegradeable waste. The Landfill Directive (1999/31/EC) requires EU countries to reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste that they landfill to 35% of 1995 levels by 2016 (for some countries by 2020), but management of this waste - especially food waste - remains a huge problem, especially where a high proportion of biodegradeable waste is sent to landfill.
The European Union Eco-Innovation Scoreboard, which measures the relative eco-innovation performance of EU countries against the EU average, has been updated.
25/08/2014 - 28/08/2014
17/09/2014 - 18/09/2014
10/11/2014 - 11/11/2014