Circular economy could double benefits from eco-innovation, study finds
The European Union could be nearly a trillion euros per year better off by 2030 if a current surge of rapidly developing eco-innovations are put into practice within a circular economy framework, according to a study completed for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. New technologies and business...
European Forum on Eco-innovation: environmental labelling, information and management schemes are central to the circular economy
Eco-innovation, as well as environmental labels, information and management schemes are essential to get Europe on the path to a circular economy. This was the primary conclusion of the 18th European Forum on Eco-innovation held in Barcelona, on 20-21 May. Over 300 stakeholders from across Europe...
New alliance seeks to boost the EU bioeconomy
A group of business federations active in agriculture and bio-based industries has established a new platform to call on the European Union to establish a more long-term policy framework that will foster the emergence of the bioeconomy. The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EBA) was launched in...
Rare earth recovery offers opportunities for the EU's high-tech SMEs
There are potentially major business opportunities in the European Union for high-tech small and medium-sized companies that specialise in the “technospheric mining” of rare earth elements, according to a recent study for the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE...
Responsible research and innovation push seeks to broaden societal involvement
Eco-innovation could be boosted by a call for “responsible research and innovation” (RRI) in Europe, which is defined as “societal actors work[ing] together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and...
Study examines financing barriers facing circular economy business models
Companies with circular economy business models currently struggle to raise investment because of a lack of information about financial risk and because investors are generally unfamiliar with the concept of the circular economy, according to research scheduled to be published by the Ellen...
Sustainability of production/consumption systems needs a global focus, report argues  
The European Union cannot fully move to a green economy based on resource efficiency unless it starts to address the impact that EU production and consumption has beyond its borders, according to the The report notes that “around half of some pressures from EU consumption are exerted outside...
Resource efficiency lessons from south-east Europe
A recently-concluded project involving partners from Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia has published a library of guidance on resource efficiency policies and implementation for municipalities. The guidance is primarily intended for cities in the 16...
GreenITNet examines greening by IT in cities  
A collaborative project that brings together a number of European municipal authorities is actively exploring the transfer of good practice in green information and communications technology. In terms of the greening of IT, the project notes that information and communication technologies now...