Putting eco-innovation at the heart of European policies.
Companies with circular economy business models currently struggle to raise investment because of a lack of information about financial risk and because investors are generally unfamiliar with the concept of the circular economy, according to research scheduled to be published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
A new type of shopping centre that aims to address both environmental and social concerns is being planned for the eastern French city of Dijon. Known as the “Cité de l’autre économie,” or city of the alternative economy, the centre is expected to open in 2016.
The Climate Bonds Initiative seeks to channel the bond markets to support green infrastructure and decarbonisation. The initiative is developing standards for “climate bonds,” which are meant to help investors such as pension funds distinguish between investments that contribute to decarbonisation and those that don't. Currently, the “climate-themed bond universe” amounts to more than US$500 billion, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative. Most bond finance classified as contributing to decarbonisation is spent on transport, primarily railways in China. Huge sums are also being raised for renewable energy. Other investments, such as in water infrastructure, or waste management and pollution control, are currently at much lower levels.
A recently-concluded project involving partners from Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia has published a library of guidance on resource efficiency policies and implementation for municipalities. The guidance is primarily intended for cities in the 16 countries that participate in the European Union's South East Europe (SEE) Transnational Cooperation Programme 1 , but is also relevant for municipalities outside those countries.
The European Union cannot fully move to a green economy based on resource efficiency unless it starts to address the impact that EU production and consumption has beyond its borders, according to the Environmental Indicator Report 2014, published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
GroenGas-GrünesGas is a major European Union backed Interreg IVA project in Germany and the Netherlands that looks at the whole cycle of green gas production and use. The project has 18 sub-projects, one of which, ‘Integrated Assessment and Management of Green Gas Supply Chains’, is examining how green-gas supply chains can be optimised. Michiel van Galen of LEI Wageningen UR, the socio-economic research institute of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) in the Netherlands, explains what lessons the project has learned, and how these might be applied in other bio-based supply chains in which non-renewable inputs, such as fossil fuels, could be replaced by renewable bio-based inputs.
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