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15th Forum on Eco-Innovation

12th & 13th November, Hanoi, Vietnam

The 15th Forum on Eco-Innovation titled “Cutting Waste…Resource Efficiency and Eco-Innovation for Sustainable Food Chains” will take place on 12th & 13th November in Hanoi, Vietnam. This UNEP roundtable event is aimed at focusing on the impact of food waste and the potential that resource efficiency measures and eco-innovation can tie together to address this issue while presenting new business opportunities.

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The Forum provides an opportunity for participants from Europe and Asia to explore the solutions enhancing the sustainability of food supply chains by highlighting: the business rationale for tackling food waste; resource efficient and eco-innovative solutions for processing, packaging and retailing food; and opportunities for partnering and networking.

The two-day event will feature high profile international keynote speakers, such as ICLEI and UNEP and EU representatives, who will offer global insight on the subject areas and highlight examples of international best practices. The full programme for the event is available here.

Eco-Innovation and European Green Capital

Eco-Innovation and sustainable employment is one of the 12 assessment criteria that applicant cities are evaluated on when entering the European Green Capital Award competition. The aim of the award is to recognise and reward local efforts to improve the environment, the economy, and the quality of life of growing urban populations.

Ljubljana, in Slovenia, was one of the shortlisted cities for the European Green Capital Award 2015. The city was highlighted by the experts for an eco-innovative and unique wireless network. In 2012, all 115 city institutions and public companies (326 locations) in Ljubljana were linked into a single network which has resulted in raising efficiency and reducing operating costs. The IT infrastructure of the city administration and its companies was standardised in the most up-to-date way. The first wireless points will start to operate in the city this year (2013), and by spring 2014 approximately 1,500 wireless points will be set up across the entire city area.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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