CIP Eco-innovation

Between 2008 and 2013, the Eco-innovation initiative funded innovative business solutions, products and services that protect the environment. It formed part of the EU's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and had a budget of nearly €200 million.

The eco-innovation initiative bridged the gap between research and the market. It helped innovative green ideas become fully-fledged commercial prospects, ready for use by business and industry.

There were five main strands to this initiative:

  • Materials recycling and recycling processes;
  • Sustainable building products;
  • Food and drink sector;
  • Water efficiency, treatment and distribution;
  • Greening business.

Find out which projects have been co-financed in the Eco-innovation projects database.

Funded projects

Legal basis

The eco-innovation initiative was part of the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.

The Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) – which has since become the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) – managed the eco-innovation initiative on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment.


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