Environment

Experts interviews

Getting European clean-tech into India
14/12/2011
Micol Martinelli, Senior Advisor at Eurochambres, explains how the European Business and Technology Centre helps European SMEs transfer their innovations to India The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) was launched in 2008 to promote European clean technologies in India. It is co-...
Eco-innovation Action Plan offers new opportunities for business
23/01/2012
The Commission has launched an Eco-innovation Action Plan to expand the EU's focus from green technologies to all aspects of eco-innovation. The Eco-innovation Action Plan develops actions under the Europe 2020 "Innovation Union" and "Resource Efficiency" flagships. It proposes measures to...
Desso uses Cradle to Cradle® principle in carpet manufacturing
01/10/2012
Rudi Daelmans has been Director of Sustainability at Dutch carpet manufacturer DESSO since 2007. DESSO produces carpets for commercial use, for the hospitality, marine and aviation sectors and for consumers. In 2008, DESSO embraced the Cradle to Cradle® principle. This is a design concept,...
Dutch delegates to the EcoAP HLWG share their vision on systems thinking
15/10/2012
Robbert Droop and Just van Lidth de Jeude, Dutch delegates to the Eco-innovation Action Plan High Level Working Group, share their views on promoting a vision for eco-innovation and systems thinking. Robbert Droop works for the sustainability department of the Netherlands Ministry of...
Promotion of eco-innovation in Portugal  
15/01/2013
To coincide with the 13 The aim of the catalogue was to give participants in the Forum an overview of the companies involved in eco-innovation in Portugal, and, more generally, to showcase eco-innovation from different sectors and the added value it can offer. The catalogue was produced as an...
ENWORKS: effective eco-efficiency advice
19/02/2013
ENWORKS, a Manchester, England based eco-efficiency advisory service for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been recognised by the European Commission's RegioStars Awards 2013 for the quality of its environmental support to businesses. ENWORKS “exemplifies effective public/private...
Innovative wastewater treatment promises energy recovery  
02/04/2013
The BioFatRecovery project addresses a sticky problem: treatment of wastewater that contains fat, for example from dairy or meat processing. Project partner Ambisys has developed the Inverted Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (IASB) reactor, which makes it possible to efficiently remove fat from wastewater...
Eco-innovation as a solution for the Mediterranean countries  
14/05/2013
The European Union's Mediterranean countries are generally perceived to be lagging behind northern Europe in economic and innovation terms. The Its goal was to improve the implementation of regional policies in innovation and increase the capacity for sustainable development by encouraging eco...
Eco-innovation in the European Semester
17/06/2013
The The European Semester works according to an annual cycle. It starts in the autumn with the publication by the European Commission of an Annual Growth Survey, which sets out the Commission's view of EU policy priorities for the next year. Then, in spring, the European Council and European...
Achieving a steady state: an interview with ecological economics pioneer Herman Daly
02/09/2013
Europe is presently in the midst of an economic growth crisis. Economists are working hard to put forward recommendations that politicians can turn into policies that will restore growth, bringing with it the promise of more jobs and greater prosperity. But growth in much of the world has been...

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