Eco-innovation

  • Check our infographic presenting Horizon 2020 circular economy and water projects funded in 2016 and 2017. 

  • MagFreeG is a European project funded by the CIP Eco-Innovation program and it has aimed at developing a new and innovative gas free magnetic cooling system.

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  • Finding cost effective solutions for water, energy and food sectors

    For the end user, such as farmers and irrigators, this system would reduce dramatically their resource consumption and thus costs. Four other demonstration sites have been installed in the north of Spain, Italy, Portugal and Morocco. In the first three sites, MASLOWATEN also demonstrates the use of special low pressure irrigation systems, which bring reduction in water use up to 30%.

  • Overall, the estimated environmental savings reach an annual €1.2 billion two years after the projects’ closure.  

    Even though not being a dedicated job-creation programme, the eco-innovation projects supported by the initiative also generated employment. The analysis shows that an average of 9 full time equivalent jobs has been generated per project. This is complemented by an estimated 4 full-time equivalent jobs safeguarded.

    Check the infographic analysing projects' results (click to enlarge):

  • Any innovator or group of innovators seeking to introduce a circular economy-related product or service to the market can apply to participate in an Innovation Deal by setting out the regulatory obstacles they are struggling to overcome.

    The selected projects will benefit from access to a close cooperation framework bringing together national, local and EU regulatory bodies to help navigate regulatory requirements.

    The call for expressions of interest will be open until 15 September 2016.

  • Just as beautiful, far cleaner

    Italian ceramics have a reputation for style and elegance and now one of the biggest manufacturers, Ceramiche Gardenia Orchidea S.p.A, has set up WAP WIR, a project that intended to cut back on hazardous waste while not compromising on aesthetics.

  • Washing machine manufacturers have been making great efforts to save energy, and are still inventing new ways of using less water and less heat. “We’re very much part of an industry trend to reduce water and energy consumption,” says Gianpiero Santacatterina, who works for the Italian company Whirlpool R&D, a subsidiary of Whirlpool Group, “but we think we have something new.”

  • Public awareness about eco-friendly packaging is on the rise and European postal services are committed to supporting sustainability.

    Even so, all so-called "secure" envelopes - those used for transporting valuables such as money, cheques or confidential documents - currently available on the Europe market are made from polyethylene, a high cost and environmentally-damaging plastic.

    That is where the EU-funded SELLOPE project comes in.