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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...
Photo credit: Heising, FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt
11/05/2018
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...
European Eco-Innovation Forum examines the financing needs of pioneering SMEs
05/12/2016
The 20th European Forum on Eco-Innovation, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia, from 26-28 October 2016, showed that small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are taking a pioneering role in developing circular economy business models, which could in time be scaled up to have an economy-wide impact...
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...
10/11/2016
A wide range of SMEs and investors gathered in Tallinn, Estonia, from 26-28 October 2016 to explore new financing opportunities for eco-innovative SMEs that are moving to a circular economy business model. The 20th European Forum on Eco-innovation brought together representatives from nearly all EU...
Company turns insect-based biorefining into reality
10/10/2016
A French company that farms insects has gone from incubation in 2011 to the construction of a full-scale demonstration biorefinery in late 2015. On the way, the company, Ynsect, has collected a number of eco-innovation awards and serious financial backing, including a €2 million investment from...
Recovering power from transport and motion
30/05/2016
Capturing kinetic energy, or the energy generated by an object in motion, could prove to be an alternative to energy from traditional sources, such as fossil fuels, in energy efficient systems. Kinetic energy recovery is already used in, for example, Formula 1 motor racing, where the energy...
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...
Clean power from underwater kites
18/05/2016
A company with its origins in Swedish aerospace and automobile company Saab is moving towards installation of an underwater power plant that it claims will produce energy cost effectively and with minimal environmental impact. The company, Minesto, has developed what looks like an underwater kite...
Construction sector builds on eco-innovation
05/05/2016
The market for construction products offers a substantial opportunity for circular economy business models. Rather than being manufactured from virgin materials, many construction products – such as building and insulation materials – can be recovered and recycled from construction and demolition...

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