Putting eco-innovation at the heart of European policies.
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.
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.
Regional policymakers seeking the best way to boost eco-innovation in the context of the implementation of European Union cohesion policy from 2014-2020 - and the associated European Structural and Investment Funds - could benefit from a recent analysis of eco-innovation projects that were carried out under the auspices of the EU's 2007-2013 INTERREG IVC programme.
A Green action plan for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to be published soon by the European Commission, will set out a series of measures that are proposed to be taken at European level to encourage resource efficiency among SMEs, to promote “green entrepreneurship” and to make it easier for SMEs to access domestic and international markets for eco-innovative products and services.
25/08/2014 - 28/08/2014
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