Environment

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Germany - New services / business models

Photo credit: Breeze Technologies UG / Anne Gaertner
11/05/2018
A pioneering German air-quality monitoring company has been named one of the EU’s most promising start-ups by the European Parliament. While Breeze’s sensor network solution focuses on being simple to use, it hides complex data-processing technology behind an equally complex problem. Air pollution...
Shoes as a solution to ocean plastic
05/12/2016
German sportswear giant Adidas has set itself the goal of producing 1 million pairs of UltraBOOST Uncaged sports shoes by the end of 2017. It might not sound unusual that Adidas is producing large numbers of sports shoes, but these shoes are different – they are made from plastic recovered from the...
Investors to assess climate risk in France
30/05/2016
Large companies are increasingly required to report on their greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. But a new law – an amendment to France's Energy Transition Law – makes France the first country to introduce mandatory climate reporting for investors, though similar ideas have...
Innovative Finns find cash in waste management
23/02/2016
A young Finnish company claims to be revolutionising the way waste is collected from public areas by using data from sensors to alert authorities to overflowing rubbish bins and recycling containers. The company, Espoo-based Enevo, has secured major backing from investors and is expanding in Europe...
Bank banks on eco-innovation
21/10/2015
One of the United Kingdom’s main banks is working on a scheme that allows entrepreneurs to use its head office to showcase their eco-innovations. The scheme could help entrepreneurs test and refine their eco-innovative products and ideas, and could help them to scale-up and find new markets. The...
German start-up offers eco-efficient urban container farming
11/02/2014
A small German eco-innovation company is attracting attention after winning a most-promising start-up award in the "agriculture, water and waste" category at the Cleantech Open Global Forum, a major cleantech innovation event held in Silicon Valley, California, in November 2013. The company,...
Plan Bee creates a buzz
04/12/2013
A small Scottish company is showing that a business can be built on biodiversity, by installing and maintaining bee hives on the premises of corporate customers. Plan Bee, based in the town of Motherwell, which sits between Edinburgh and Glasgow,...
Project encourages companies to ponder their environmental resilience
14/10/2013
The project is based on the idea that resilience and sustainability will be the two major features of tomorrow's successful companies.  The project has developed a Sustainable and Strategic Eco-innovation Toolkit to help SMEs think about their long-term sustainability. To test the toolkit,...
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...