Putting eco-innovation at the heart of European policies.
An Israeli company has developed a rubber recycling process that results in a high quality recycled material that can be used to make a wide range of products. The method could help create new markets for recycled rubber, which can usually only be used for low-grade applications.
A project in the region of West Romania is providing a support scheme for eco-innovative and bioeconomy start-ups and small businesses. The project involves the provision of grants, customised consultancy and intellectual property coaching. It is hoped that the result will be the award of new green patents that will bring economic benefits to West Romania, centred on the city of Timisoara.
Seven Estonian towns are carrying out what is claimed to be Europe's largest concurrent installation of LED street lighting under a scheme funded by the sale of excess carbon permits. The installation scheme in Haapsalu, Jõhvi, Keila, Kuressaare, Paide, Valga and Võru, started in mid-February and will be completed by October 2015.
A group of business federations active in agriculture and bio-based industries has established a new platform to call on the European Union to establish a more long-term policy framework that will foster the emergence of the bioeconomy.
The Lower Austrian Regional Government was one of the first in Europe to set up a voucher scheme encouraging enterprises, NGOs, municipalities, schools, hospitals and other public institutions to begin the process of environmental management. The Umweltsystem für Wirtschaft und Verwaltung (Environmental System for Business and Administration) started in 1998 and has since been renamed Ökomanagement Niederösterreich (Eco-Management Lower Austria). The programme's goal is to establish economically viable management systems that integrate environmental and climate protection.
The ReNEW project (Resource Innovation Network for European Waste) has brought together a number of universities and research institutes, business development agencies and government departments, to study how links between researchers, business and public authorities can be improved to stimulate the take-up of innovation.