Environment

Experts interviews

Investing to encourage innovation: Limburg in Belgium
30/05/2016
LRM is an investment company with a remit to promote innovation-based economic growth in the northeastern Belgian province of Limburg, on the border with the Netherlands. Among the core areas for LRM is “sustainable societies”: providing investment for low-cost sustainable production or the...
Ocean innovation: the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
18/05/2016
The French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER, Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer) is one of the world's leading oceanographic institutions. It has around 1600 staff and a remit to carry out targeted applied research on issues such as the impact of...
Interview: EIP Water seeks maximum benefits from existing water-related eco-innovation
05/05/2016
The next few years could see a flood of water-related technological innovation coming out of Europe, according to EIP Water – the European Innovation Partnership established under the European Union's Innovation Union initiative. To a great extent, those technologies already exist. However, to get...
Creating the conditions for ‘cleantech’: interview with Norberto Patrignani
31/03/2016
The Cleantech Incubation Europe INTERREG IVC project examined the support conditions needed by ‘cleantech’ entrepreneurs and start-ups. One outcome of the project, which concluded in 2014, was a Cleantech Incubation Policy and Practice handbook[1]. Professor Norberto Patrignani of I3P (Innovative...
Can companies become sustainable?
09/03/2016
Prof. Dr Erik G. Hansen is Head of the Institute for Integrated Quality Design at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. He researches sustainability-oriented innovation, new business model development and life-cycle-oriented product and quality design. In recent work[1], he has looked at the...
What does eco-innovation mean for you?  (Video)
09/02/2016
To tackle economic and environmental issues together, we need eco-innovation - what does it mean for you? We asked people from the policy and business worlds, from all over Europe, to tell us what it means to them.  The European Commission's Eco-innovation Action Plan aims at accelerating the...
Climate-KIC: building demand for eco-innovation
10/01/2016
Climate-KIC, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), is the European Union’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation. It coordinates programmes across Europe involving higher education institutions, research labs and companies...
Study maps circular economy’s broader benefits
08/12/2015
The Club of Rome think tank, which works on international political issues, published a study in October entitled “Circular economy and benefits for society”. The study models the broader economic and social benefits that could be provided if there was a move to a more circular economy in five case...
New governance for the circular economy
19/11/2015
Guido Braam leads the ‘Netherlands as a circular hotspot’ initiative, a programme to promote the Netherlands internationally as a circular economy pioneer[1]. The programme is organised by the Circle Economy cooperative, with support from the Dutch government. Braam is also a member of the...
"Why are there so many environmental labeling schemes?" EcoAP interviews: Andrew Prag - Policy Analyst, OECD
19/11/2015
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has been analysing environmental labels for more than 15 years. In this video, OECD Policy Analyst Andrew Prag discusses some of the issues relevant to eco-labels around the world. In 2013, the OECD published a study documenting the...

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