Environment

Experts interviews

Green skills vital to EU future
20/09/2010
Peter Szovics of Cedefop believes many of the skills required for eco-innovation should come from improving current competences but green skills will become important to all jobs. Szovics is a senior expert at the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) in...
City of the Sun: illuminating sustainable cities
31/05/2010
Architect Ashok Bhalotra developed a concept for a truly sustainable city. Through his perseverance, this idea has been realised in the form of Heerhugowaard’s City of the Sun. Ashok Bhalotra is the chief executive officer of KuiperCompagnons, a Dutch-based specialist in architecture and urban...
Interviews
14/02/2010
Dutch scientist Dr Gatze Lettinga has developed a wastewater treatment that uses less water and produces biogas. The freely-available process has received worldwide recognition. Dr Lettinga has pioneered wastewater treatment and water purification for the last 40 years, developing and...
Global brewer strongly committed to sustainable development
27/01/2010
SABMiller is one of the world’s largest brewers, operating on six continents in 75 countries. The company has a strong commitment to sustainable development as Andy Wales explains. As head of sustainable development, Wales is involved in understanding how global issues such as water, human...
Sweden committed to strengthening eco-innovation
26/10/2009
The Swedish government is committed to strengthening eco-innovation, according to Elisabet Falemo, State Secretary Ministry of the Environment, and Ola Alterå, State Secretary Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications. The government regards the development and use of good environmental...
Taking a practical approach to technology transfer
03/10/2009
Steven Hunt, International Projects Manager for Practical Action Consulting and the PISCES consortium, believes in adapting technologies to individual needs of developing countries. Formerly known as the Intermediate Technology Development Group, Practical Action Consulting has been...
Innovative solutions to high emissions from the ICT sector
09/06/2009
Emissions from the information and communications technology sector are set to rise, but ICT could be the solution to and not the source of high emissions according to Marc Benowitz, Director of Eco-Environmental Engineering at Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel-Lucent is a global telecommunications...
Eco-innovation, Europe in the regions
06/05/2009
Hélène Blanchard is vice-president of the Rhône-Alpes region with responsibility for the environment and risk prevention. She is working especially on the development of eco-technologies in the eight départements in her Region. At the European level, she is involved in the European Clusters and...
Strong foundation for bio-based materials in Europe
06/01/2009
Bio-based product sales have grown rapidly in the past five years. Europe has an excellent research base, the world’s largest chemical industry infrastructure and solid development of bio-specialties Armand Klein is director of bio-based products for science-based products and services giant...
Ensuring good research gets to market
04/11/2008
Building a good business case is key to translating successful research results into marketable products and services according to a new and unusual European eco-innovation expert group: Greenovate! Europe. Astrid Severin is Executive Manager and Co-founder of Greenovate! Europe, a European...

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