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.
The eco-innovation initiative was part of the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.
- Decision No 1639/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2006 establishing a Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (2007 to 2013)
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.
A study carried out in 2016 shows that the eco-innovation initiative brought significant environmental benefits as well as the creation of jobs in Europe:
- Executive summary
- Full report
- Innovation area: key findings by Product, Service and Process innovations
- Priority area: key findings for Food & Drink, Building & Contruction, Recycling, Clean Production, Greening Business, Water
- SME dimension: overview of the expected benefits of the Eco-innovation initiative accruing to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
51 new environment and resources projects in the pipelineThe European Commission has selected 51 projects that will receive around €381,5 million under Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials" and Horizon 2020 “Cross-cutting activities”.
Check our top class environment and resources projectsThe Cordis Results Packs on environment and resources present the results of projects funded under Horizon 2020 that have driven forward the European Green Deal and the New Circular Economy Action Plan.
EASME welcomes five new large-scale demonstration projects to build a water-smart economy and societyFive new large-scale demonstration projects (average EU contribution exceeds €14 million per each project), financed through the Horizon 2020 Call for proposals Building a water-smart economy and society, kick-started last week.