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28/07/2011
Commission energy strategy calls for efficiency and solidarity
The Commission's second strategic energy review package looks at energy security, climate and emissions targets, and both renewable energy and energy efficiency The European Commission has unveiled its second review of the strategic energy package, which includes a variety of proposals that...
28/07/2011
Maintaining Europe's competitive edge in eco-industry
A Commission study on the competitiveness of European eco-industry in 2009 analysed the health of the sector and recommended a series of policy actions to maintain global leadership. The study performed competitiveness screening of core eco-industries – air-pollution control, collection and...
28/07/2011
Green accounting, our future
Growth can no longer be measured in strictly economic terms such as the monetary value of output, income or expenditure per head. Additional criteria are needed for green growth. According to UK economist Tim Jackson: “Prosperity consists in our ability to flourish as human beings – within the...
28/07/2011
EU boosts energy performance of domestic electrical goods
The EU has set new rules to improve energy use in TVs and white goods. This includes revised labelling with additional top ratings. However, these changes have met a mixed response. Agreement was reached on new rules to improve the energy performance of several products at the EU Ecodesign and...
28/07/2011
A report from the European Commission Joint Research Centre indicates that environmental improvements in residential buildings could result in overall greenhouse gas emission reductions of 7%. The JRC IMPRO-Building report suggests that such reductions could be achieved without incurring...
28/07/2011
Eco-innovation Action Plan sets agenda for jobs and growth
The European Commission has launched a new Eco-innovation Action Plan as part of Europe 2020. Building on the lessons-learnt of ETAP, the plan complements the EU policies on innovation, resource efficiency, industry and skills to support the transition towards smart, sustainable and inclusive...
28/07/2011
Copper industry calls for framework to protect innovation and competitiveness
The European copper industry has proposed a set of principles which it believes will ensure a balanced regulatory framework designed to support innovation and protect competitiveness. Copper is crucial in clean technologies and the manufacture of resource-efficient products, according to the ‘...
28/07/2011
OECD Global Forum calls for broader perspective on eco-innovation
Key messages emerging from the OECD Global Forum on Eco-innovation suggest policy makers and stakeholders view eco-innovation as more than just the invention of new technologies. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum in Paris on 4 and 5 November 2009 presented...
28/07/2011
Training for a green economy: an urgent task for Europe
A Cedefop study on the skills needed to develop a low-carbon economy in EU Member States concludes that training for a green economy is urgent as part of mainstream education. The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) in Thessalonki, Greece has carried out study...
28/07/2011
SEE awards recognise excellence in sustainable energy
One highlight of the EUSEW 2009 was the third annual Sustainable Energy Europe awards recognising the Sustainable Energy Partners whose projects were deemed examples of excellence. The Sustainable Energy Europe (SEE) awards ceremony in Brussels on 10 February 2009, hosted by European Energy...

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