28-29 November 2013, Brussels
This event is the opening conference of the FP7 project COBALT that is funded by the European Commission and runs from 2013 to 2015. The conference will bring together the EU and national representatives from industry, civil society, public authorities, research and geological surveys to explore and discuss opportunities and strengths related to sustainable raw materials supply and use in Europe. More specifically, it will look at potential solutions along the value chain from extraction to consumption and recycling at end of product life, and will also identify how industry, and in particular the manufacturing sector, can be best supported to meet the challenge of changing global material demands in ways which also deliver on social and environmental needs in relation to raw material use.
Conference admission is free of charge. For registration to the conference, please fill in and submit the online form until 15 November 2013.
28 November 2013, Brussels
On 28th November 2013, DG Research and Innovation will gather research organisations and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) participating in EU-funded projects under the Environment Programme to discuss the role of SMEs and resource efficiency in the context of green economy.
Resource efficiency is a priority for Europe. The Europe 2020 strategy highlights the role of Research and Innovation (R&I) in enabling the transition towards a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Building on the experience acquired during the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) this event aims at consolidating the perspective of participants on resource efficiency, SMEs and green markets. In addition, the outcome of the event is expected to complement the results of the on-going public consultation on a Green Action Plan for SMEs.
The event is taking place in MADOU Auditorium, Place Madou 1, 1210 Brussels (Metro station “Madou”).
25 November 2013, Brussels
On 25th November EC DG Research and Innovation will welcome in Brussels to a high level conference stakeholders from the policy, business and research community from 30 different countries – of which 16 coming from Africa – to discuss “Economic Opportunities on Turning Waste into a Resource”.
The conference wants to stimulate networking, sharing of knowledge and best-practice experiences to successfully address the common challenges of waste management and recovery of raw materials and define a joint agenda.
Waste management and recovery of raw materials are more and more of a top priority for decision makers from all continents. This is particularly true for Africa, where urgent and eco-innovative solutions are needed to cope with the waste generated by a population which is expected to double by 2050. At the same time, African countries can also showcase some success stories providing very useful insights to effectively tackle the waste issue but within and outside the continent. Once these success stories from Africa are combined with the best practice examples from Europe, a new win-win landscape for both sides is created.
The conference will end with a final declaration highlighting the opportunity for Africa-EU cooperation on a common innovation agenda on waste management and recovery of raw materials.
17-20 November 2013, Vienna, Austria
The International CARE Electronics Office is pleased to announce the Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2014 conference and exhibition on Electronics and the Environment. It will take place in Schoenbrunn Palace Conference Centre Vienna (Austria), which is situated in the Apothecaries’ Wing of the famous building. This Symposium is the only platform for presenting the up-to-date progress on sustainable development and the development of eco-efficient electr(on)ic & automotive products. This year’s program will feature the latest in environmental design, clean manufacturing, resource efficiency, climate change, new eco-efficient technologies, collection, reverse logistics, refurbishment, carbon trading, re-use, recycling and policy making from leading experts in industry, academia, consulting, recyclers and public area around the globe. Leading companies and institutions in green electr(on)ics will present their innovative products, processes and services at the exhibition. All companies in the electr(on)ics, automotive, solar and PV, chemical and recycling industry, power suppliers, electricity generators and distributors, contract manufacturers, material and component suppliers, service and logistic companies, collective systems, academia, consulting and public authorities (local, regional, international) are invited to attend and contribute.
18-19 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland
The conference will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives interested in advancing research on corporate sustainability and eco-innovation. It should provide a forum for business and academics to grapple with some of the most pressing problems facing businesses all over the world, and the new horizons coming from business to fill a wide range of expectations concerning sustainable development and eco-innovation.