Environment

Experts interviews

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...
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...
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...
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...
Interview with Andrew Prag, speaker at the 18th European Forum on Eco-innovation
04/05/2015
As part of the project, the OECD published in 2013 a study documenting the international landscape of environmental labelling and information schemes [1]. It found a rapid expansion in the number of eco-labels, especially in the last few years. This raises questions about the multiplicity of...
REDISA: South Africa’s model for a circular economy
22/05/2015
A South African scheme, introduced as part of a drive to improve waste management, could provide some useful lessons to countries, regions and municipalities that are seeking to establish more integrated approaches to recycling in the move towards a circular economy...
Measuring progress towards the green economy
03/06/2015
NETGREEN (Network for Green Economy Indicators, http://netgreen-project.eu/) is an EU-funded project that aims to advance progress towards a green economy. The key output of the project is an open-access, interactive website (www.measuring-progress.eu) providing information on indicators that...
Sustainability: the contribution corporations can make
13/07/2015
Gail Whiteman is a Professor and Rubin Chair at the The Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University, United Kingdom. She works on how companies can respond to the challenges facing the world arising from changes to ecosystems. In this interview, she argues that corporate...
Resource efficiency projects get underway as part of process industry initiative
07/09/2015
The SPIRE partnership (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency) is a cross-sectoral initiative involving the main players in the European Union's process industries – eight sectors that transform commodity resources into essential products: chemicals, steel, engineering...
"What does eco-innovation mean?" EcoAP interviews: Alison Cavey, INNEON
22/09/2015
The  INNEON  Network for Eco-innovation Investment aims to increase the private and public funding available for eco-innovation and social innovation in Europe, providing a forum that brings innovators and investors together in support of sustainable development. In this video, Alison Cavey,...

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