Environment

Industry and technology

Industry and technology

Environmental technologies are an important part of the EU economy. Their annual EUR 320 billion turnover has grown 8 % per year since 2004. The EU has one third of the world market, which could double to EUR 2200 billion by 2020.

 

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22/01/2016

The European Commission takes stock of progress towards an EU-wide method to measure the Environmental Footprint of 26 products and organisations.

14/10/2015

Eco-innovation has a key role in delivering the European Commission’s upcoming circular economy strategy. Meetings like the Eco-innovation Forum can help pioneer resource-efficient growth through international collaboration. 

24/12/2014

Business success can go hand in hand with protecting the environment. The European Business and Biodiversity (B@B) Platform held its first annual conference in November on the links between business and biodiversity.

17/12/2014

EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment 2014/2015 at an evening ceremony on 1 December.

05/11/2014

From sustainable fish and chips in compostable packaging to building insulation made from recycled waste paper – 16 companies from 10 EU and candidate countries have now been shortlisted for one of this year’s European Business Awards for the Environment.

21/05/2014

Three new verification bodies – in Italy, Finland and the United Kingdom – have joined the EU Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) pilot programme. ETV offers independent performance verification for new environmental technologies – helping manufacturers and consumers in the market for green...

21/05/2014

To reduce our impact on the planet and its finite resources, we need to change the way we produce and consume – and we need to harness business, technology, services and innovation to do it. On 7 April, the European Commission awarded prizes to six outstanding organisations, recognising their...

01/03/2014

Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ – using high-pressure fluids to extract shale gas from underground rock – has been in the news. To help address public concerns, safeguard the environment and ensure that these resources are used efficiently in Europe, the European Commission has recommended a set...

01/06/2013

The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), introduced in 1993, is a valuable tool for companies and other organisations to evaluate and improve their environmental performance. Preparations are now being made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the scheme and the first companies that signed up to...

01/06/2013

The single market for goods and services is one of the EU’s major strengths. However, it is far from being a reality for green products which have to apply different national schemes to validate their environmental performance. The absence of uniform procedures increases company costs and consumer...

01/06/2013

The Eco-Innovation Action Plan invested EUR 433 million between 2008 and 2013 to encourage the development and uptake of innovation that benefits the environment and creates growth and jobs. The Action Plan is a place where the environment and business meet to create sustainable solutions to...

01/03/2012

New eco-technologies can face one major hurdle compared to their traditional competitors. Many purchasers prefer tried and tested equipment over a potentially superior alternative without an established track record. A pilot verification programme aims to remove this obstacle by providing innovators...