Important findings from an EU-funded project's investigation into how electrical and electronic equipment waste - or e-waste - is dealt with could help policymakers and law enforcement agencies put a stop to illegal trading and increase recycling rates.
Find here a series of Publications and videos about EU Research & Innovation about the Environment and also visit the EU Bookshop for a wider selection of books, leaflets and reports..
Environmental research and innovation
Europe has proven expertise in ensuring the sustainable management of the environment and its resources. This booklet presents a selection of recent projects supported through the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (2007-2013), focusing on the seven research priorities identified within the Environment research theme. These priorities are biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate action, cultural heritage, disaster risk reduction, earth observation, eco-innovation and water. Emphasis was placed on predicting climate, ecological, earth and ocean systems changes. There was also a focus on tools and technologies for monitoring, prevention, mitigation of and adaptation to environmental pressures and risks to health, as well as for the sustainability of the natural and man-made environment.
Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
The calls launched in 2014, 2015 and 2016 focussed on investing in systemic innovation by promoting resource efficiency for a greener and competitive economy as a key part of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth. Systemic innovation therefore calls for the adoption of a challenge-driven, solutions-oriented research and innovation strategy that crosses disciplinary boundaries and involves co-creation of knowledge and co-delivery of outcomes. The 218 projects resulting from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 calls for proposals1 in the Societal Challenge 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials' are here briefly presented. All together, the 218 projects are mobilising resources totalling around EUR 1,392 million, of which more than EUR 1,092 million as EU funding. The projects could last up to 5 years duration.
The European Commission together with 27 EU Member States are active members of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), which provides a global voluntary framework where governments and participating organisations can coordinate their strategies and investments in the field of Earth observation while promoting full and open access to data and information through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
9-10 October 2017, Bruges, Belgium - Water Reuse Europe Conference and Exhibition on Innovations in Water Reuse
23-24 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium - European Universities in the Energy Transition: Towards a Clean Energy Future
26-27 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium - “Cities of the Future 2017” International Brokerage Event
21 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium - Biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work as a source of renewable energy