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From local recycling schemes to community-led business start-ups, social innovation can drive the revitalisation of marginalised areas where markets and public administrations have failed. EU-funded researchers are studying examples of social innovation and exploring how best practices can be shared across Europe and beyond.
Published: 4 July 2018
A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank (EIB) is enabling German firm Heliatek to boost production of an organic solar energy-generating film that can be used on office blocks.
Published: 15 June 2018
EU-funded researchers are pilot testing a pioneering, nano-based packaging material that releases antimicrobial oils to slow food spoilage and prevent foodborne illnesses. This could bolster Europe's efforts to tackle food waste and food safety.
Published: 15 June 2018
An EU-funded business accelerator has led to the successful launch of 10 European businesses in the agrifood sector. These now provide key technology products and services - fostering innovation and competitiveness.
Published: 13 June 2018
An EU-funded study is exploring agricultural practices and EU policies related to drinking water quality and the use of pesticides and nitrogen. Results will inform an integrated EU response to a major environmental and health challenge.
Published: 29 May 2018
About 400 kg per square kilometre: this, according to estimates, is the amount of mostly plastic waste littering European seas. Some of it can be upcycled into high-quality clothing, claimed a Spanish SME, which carried out an EU-funded feasibility study to work out the details. And indeed, such garments are now available in its shops.
Published: 12 April 2018
Nitrogen and pesticides linked to agriculture pose a threat to Europe's freshwater supply. An EU-funded project involving farmers and many other stakeholders is championing joint approaches to preserve this important resource.
Published: 30 March 2018
An EU-funded project is investigating protein-rich crops in Europe as attractive alternatives to meat - a means to reduce the environmental impact of livestock on the planet and provide farmers with a new source of income.
Published: 16 February 2018
Rising temperatures due to climate change are reducing crop yields, which compromises food security. EU-funded researchers are working to make wheat less susceptible to heat so that it remains a safe and reliable food source.
Published: 1 February 2018
EU-funded researchers have developed new ways to study the DNA of plants and soils used in winemaking as part of a wider effort to better understand how and when microbes help or harm different stages of production.
Published: 10 January 2018