Environment

Experts interviews

Interview: the benefits of behavioural change
16/09/2013
For a growing number of cities, application of innovative behavioural change techniques is an effective tool to encourage greater sustainability. Simpson was a speaker at the 14th European Forum on Eco-Innovation, which took place in Prague on 23-24 May 2013. Briefly, what is CIVITAS and what...
Industrial symbiosis: realising the circular economy  
27/01/2014
Industrial symbiosis is the use by one company or sector of by-products, including energy, water, logistics and materials, from another. Simple examples include the use of food waste from the catering sector to feed farm animals, or the use of non-toxic industrial waste to produce energy through...
EcoAP speaks with Alan AtKisson of the Balaton Group
11/02/2014
The Balaton Group was established in 1982 by eco-pioneers Donella and Dennis Meadows, authors of the influential 1972 book The Limits to Growth. The main activity of the group is an annual retreat on research and strategy for sustainable development. In 2013, AtKisson was appointed to European...
Eco-innovation, EMAS and ETV: the EU's environmental technology toolbox
03/04/2014
Ahead of the The Eco-Innovation Forum and the ETV event will both be held in Hannover, Germany on 7-8 April during the Hannover Messe, the world's leading industrial technology trade fair. Also in conjunction with the fair, the 2014 Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Awards will be given to...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...

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