Environment

Experts interviews

Building on eco-innovative excellence in the regions of Europe
07/04/2015
The universities and research institutes involved in the project are all working on advanced technologies that offer the potential to extract resources from waste streams. For example, project partner VITO (Vision on Technology, Flanders) is studying processes to recover useful chemicals from...
Facilitating innovation to underpin low-carbon transformation
24/03/2015
In September 2014, the commission oversaw the publication of a major report, Better Growth, Better Climate, which makes the case for the economic benefits of efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. A central finding of the report was that in the next 15 years, a ‘deep structural...
Overcoming resistance in the transition to sustainability
24/02/2015
Eco-innovation is often presented as a win-win: better for the environment, but also better economically. Do you agree that it is? Eco-innovation is a step in the right direction but it's not going to get us to the target we have set ourselves in the climate change area or for biodiversity or...
The circular economy is making good progress in the regions of France
27/11/2014
François-Michel Lambert has been a member of the French National Assembly since 2012 and an environmental activist since 1992. He is a member of the Why did you launch the Club of parliamentarians for the circular economy? What are its objectives...
Innovative funding: climate bonds and decarbonisation
17/11/2014
Climate Bonds Initiative CEO Sean Kidney answered questions on current developments in climate bonds, and the possibility to use bond finance for resource efficiency. Bonds refer to money loaned, usually to finance large-scale projects, in return for repayments over a long period with a fixed rate...
Understanding bio-based value chains: the case of green gas
04/11/2014
Why did you start looking into bio-based supply chains? Michiel van Galen: Our part of the project was originally developed at LEI, but later linked to the Interreg IVA major project GroenGas-GrünesGas, for which biogas and green gas is the main...
Lessons on eco-innovation: Portugal and ECOPOL  
07/10/2014
ECOPOL's partners came from Austria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Sweden, with some additional partners - from France, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Turkey - joining later in the project. One of the Portuguese partners was the Portuguese Innovation Agency (AdI - Agência de...
Interview with Gerhard Hrebicek of iconVienna
23/09/2014
iconVienna is an annual business and investment summit that aims to encourage business connections and explore investment opportunities between east and west Europe. The summit was first held in 2005, and is organised by the Vienna-based European Brand Institute, an independent organisation that...
Reuse is the key to the circular economy  
10/09/2014
Professor Walter Stahel is a longstanding advocate of adoption of circular economy ideas as the basis for a more sustainable society. His 1976 research report for the European Commission, “The Potential for Substituting Manpower for Energy,” found that energy consumption in manufacturing is mainly...
Interview with Gunter Pauli: next generation innovation and the Blue Economy  
07/05/2014
What is the circular economy? How did you come by this concept? The circular economy is a basic reflection on how we should cascade matter, nutrients and energy. We have to change the concept of our production and consumption from a linear input...

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