Environment

Experts interviews

28/07/2011
Politicians must establish clear operating rules and ensure economic technology transfer for the benefits of eco-innovation to be shared worldwide according to Jean-Claude Steffens of SUEZ. Jean-Claude Steffensis Senior Vice-President for Environment & Innovation at SUEZ, a global energy...
28/07/2011
EU Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik has called for greater co-operation in road transport research and a more integrated approach to developing a cleaner, safer and smarter road transport system. In his opening speech to the Transport Research Arena 2008 conference(1) in...
Moving to a sustainable economy requires lifestyle change
12/07/2011
Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey, believes strongly that policymakers must lead a change in lifestyles and values to save the planet. Author of bestseller ‘Prosperity without Growth’, Prof. Jackson argues that if we want to stay within the limits of...
Europe ‘must provide green norms and standards’
24/06/2011
French businessman Hugues-Arnaud Mayer highlights the challenges and opportunities for eco-innovation from a grass roots viewpoint as a self-made eco-entrepreneur now advising others. Ten years ago Hugues-Arnaud Mayer launched a business to turn plastic bottles into fibres for quilts. At the...
Rolling out bioplastics in Europe
19/03/2011
European Bioplastics is the trade body set up to promote full deployment of these eco-innovative and resource-efficient materials, as managing director Hasso von Pogrell explains. Plastics are the biggest consumers of fossil fuel outside energy andtransport. Bioplastics are a relative new class...
Eco-innovation key to meeting 2020 targets
24/01/2011
Resources for eco-innovative research must be reinforced to provide the green technologies to meet EU 2020 targets, says Roland Moreau of the Belgian federal Directorate-General for Environment Roland Moreau is Director General for the Environment at the Belgium Federal Public Service for...
Resource efficiency drives eco-innovation
12/12/2010
Marc Grynberg, chief executive officer of the materials technology company Umicore, talks about how resource efficiency policies are driving forward his global business. With expertise in materials science, chemistry and metallurgy, Umicore turns precious metals into tomorrow’s products – from...
Pinning down eco-innovation
21/11/2010
Michal Miedzinski of Technopolis Group is leading an initiative to analyse trends and opportunities in eco-innovation to enhance EU competitiveness and environmental performance. The Eco-Innovation Observatory (EIO) was set up to collect and analyse information on eco-innovation for...
Venture capital investor sees profit in the environment
27/10/2010
The European Environmental Technologies Fund is a venture capital investor in major growth companies making a big environmental impact, as managing partner Henrik Olsén explains. London-based ETF was established by a group of like-minded investment and business specialists with backgrounds in...
ECO WORLD STYRIA: the world’s leading cleantech cluster
03/10/2010
Managing director Bernhard Puttinger explains the thinking behind ECO WORLD STYRIA, recognised as the world’s leading cleantech cluster for 2010 by the international Cleantech Group. Founded in 2005, the ECO WORLD STYRIA environmental engineering cluster has facilitated the growth of 150 clean-...

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