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Acknowledged as essential for healthier living, better air quality in cities is now a priority across Europe. At the BreezeCleanAir4City hackathon, organised on 12-13 January 2018, participants were inspired to come up with new ways of using satellite data to measure and predict air quality. The...
Foundation promotes circular economy around the world
A foundation established by former round-the-world yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur is aiming to deepen the understanding of major corporations about the concept of the circular economy, and thereby to change their behaviour. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation hopes to involve “100 companies in 1000...
Last call for innovative energy projects to enter Sustainable Energy Europe Awards 2013    
The European Union's premier awards for groundbreaking sustainable energy projects will be given out for the eighth time at EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), which takes place from 24-28 June. There is still time for innovative projects to be put forward for an award, but project promoters need...
Venture capital: interest in eco-innovation
Venture capital, or funds provided by investors to start-ups and small companies with the potential for growth, has poured into so-called “cleantech” sectors in the last few years. In the United States in particular, investors have backed clean energy and transportation, though other sectors,...
New tool to boost eco-innovation in SMEs
The EU-funded LiMaS project has developed a web-based tool to facilitate eco-innovation in SMEs, leading to the development of products with an improved environmental performance. Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a limited knowledge about environmental regulations or tools...
Getting new water technologies out there
The INNOWATER partnership seeks to plug the knowledge gap on marketing new water technologies by helping innovators and water users better understand their value – and one another.     “Water is just very cheap,” explains Harro Riedstra at the European Water Partnership, coordinator of EU water...
Search engines go green
Start-up enterprises are innovating with green search engines channelling some Internet advertising and retail sales revenues to environmental causes – as demonstrated by Ecosia. The information and communications technology (ICT) sector has long positioned itself as a friend to the environment...
Unlocking Europe’s bio-based innovation potential
The Europe-wide BIOCHEM project offers SMEs the market insight, business and technical tools, and access to people and resources to drive their innovations with bio-based products. In biotechnology, the greatest potential for innovation lies in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This is...
New standards for WEEE management in Europe
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) collection and recovery organisations from across Europe have reached an agreement on a new set of standards for WEEE management. In April 2011, the WEEE Forum, a European non-profit association of more than 40 WEEE collection and recovery...
Encouraging innovative biolubricants SMEs
The EU Sixth Framework Programme IBIOLAB project supported biolubricants sector SMEs in developing new products to enhance their market share and reinforce their competitiveness. Lubricants are a key element for industrial and transport applications. More than 95% of the lubricants market is...