New study on product durability launched by DG Environment
A project commissioned by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment (DG Environment) will develop a methodology to assess the durability of products. Two products that would benefit from extended durability will be selected to pilot the methodology. This is the first time...
EU should set target to focus its resource efficiency efforts, European Resource Efficiency Platform says
The European Union should set itself a The target would be measured against the pre-economic and financial crisis resource productivity trend in the EU, and should “aim to secure at least a doubling of resource productivity as compared with the pre-crisis trend,” EREP said in its...
Croatian construction panels show promise
A Croatian project is combining two eco-innovative developments to manufacture a recyclable prefabricated wall panel that it says could be “a possible technological solution for fast construction of very low energy buildings on a large scale.” The project, The ECO-SANDWICH panel is made from...
EMAS Awards in April to highlight eco-innovation
The European Commission is preparing to hand out the The 2014 EMAS Awards will take place alongside the 16th European Forum on Eco-Innovation and the 2nd ETV (Environmental Technology Verification) Stakeholder Forum - a suite of events connected by a shared circular economy mission. The EMAS...
Crisis and unemployment? Eco-innovation is a green solution for jobs
A recent report by MEP Karin Kadenbach (Austrian, S&D) calls on Member States and the European Commission to boost eco-innovation in order to spur growth and create new green jobs throughout Europe. The concept of ‘green jobs’ needs to be better defined and include sectors other than...
Horizon 2020 kicks off
The European Commission has published the first calls for proposals under Overall funding* will rise from about €50 billion under FP7 to €78.6 billion (current prices) for Horizon 2020. In environmental terms, the emphasis in Horizon 2020 is on...
EU centre helps eco-entrepreneurs enter India's vast cleantech market  
European Union cleantech entrepreneurs looking for opportunities in India can consult the The centre was established in 2008 under the coordination of EUROCHAMBRES, the European Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. It is based in the Indian capital, New Delhi, with satellite...
Eurostat publishes first resource efficiency scoreboard
The European Commission's statistical service Eurostat has published the first-ever resource efficiency scoreboard, comparing European countries using a set of 30 indicators covering natural resource consumption. The scoreboard is headlined by an indicator for resource productivity, which shows...
Catering project seeks eco-innovative suppliers
A pan-European project involving partners from Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom is testing how the power of procurement can be used as a lever to create greater sustainability in the catering trade. The activities of the INNOCAT (Procurement of Eco-Innovative...