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Bulgaria - Resource Efficiency

Croatian project promises reusable water from textiles manufacturing
26/01/2016
A wastewater treatment facility on the site of a Croatian textiles factory could be the first in the European Union to have the capability to recover and reuse up to 100% of the water that the plant consumes. The facility was inaugurated in November 2015. The factory, at Osijek in northeastern...
New tool seeks to open up sustainability horizons
14/10/2013
An online tool has been developed by three British organisations to help companies think in more long-term and strategic terms about the challenges they face in an increasingly resource-constrained world. The tools has been created by the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board,...
Let there be light
02/09/2013
A young Belgian company is combining technological innovation with financial innovation to create sustainable benefits from a natural resource that is available to everyone: daylight. EcoNation, established in 2009 in Ghent, has developed the...
Washing whiter without water
28/01/2013
The future of laundry could be cleaning with plastic beads, rather than with water, according to Xeros, a small company based in the northern English town of Rotherham. Their bead cleaning technology was developed at Leeds University and Xeros is currently working to commercialise it. According...
Towards resource efficiency via business model innovation
26/11/2012
The modern consumer economy has a fundamental flaw that promotes unsustainable consumption: the more companies sell, the more they earn. Turntoo, a Dutch company, has been building its business model based on an alternative system in which products are not sold by the producer to the consumer, but...
Incentivised recycling
13/11/2012
A small British company is developing an innovative business model that will encourage the recycling and reuse of domestic appliances, such as fridges and washing machines, in exchange for loyalty points that can be used with up to 300 online retailers. EEESafe, based in Swansea, Wales, is...
Let the train take the strain
14/09/2012
The Dutch railway operator is retrofitting its intercity train fleet to make it more efficient. Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the railway operator in the Netherlands, is improving the environmental performance of 50 of its intercity trains through a retrofitting programme that will be completed...
Driving Europe towards a greener future
03/10/2009
Major gas company Linde has developed an innovative process to produce hydrogen fuel from biodiesel by-product glycerine. A demonstration plant is under construction in Germany. Linde – the world’s largest manufacturer of hydrogen plants – has developed a process to produce hydrogen sustainably...
World's first mine-water power station opens in Heerlen
15/02/2009
The EU-supported Minewater project opened the world's first mine-water power station in the Netherlands in October 2008 to highlight the geothermal energy potential of water in old mines. Minewater set out to develop a geothermal power station exploiting water in abandoned mines in the town of...
On the crest of wave-power production
21/01/2009
National and international organisations worked together to fund, develop and open the world's first commercial wave power plant off the coast of Portugal, as part of ETAP-oriented plans to intensify the exploitation of renewable energy sources A joint venture between three corporations has led...