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02/09/2013
New portal provides eco-innovation one-stop shop
A new web portal is aiming to provide a comprehensive overview of eco-innovation research in the European Union by aggregating information from more than 1500 projects. The ECOWEB portal (http://www.ecoweb.info), which launched at the beginning of May 2013, is targeted in particular at small...
08/07/2013
European Resource Efficiency Platform pushes for'product passports'
The European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), a high-level group set up to guide European policymakers, has published an interim set of recommendations. Among them is a proposals for “product passports” – a set of information about the components and materials that a product contains, and how...
08/07/2013
Open innovation ideal for eco-innovation
Open innovation, or the development of new technologies through flexible networks, is an ideal fit for eco-innovative SMEs, especially because of the need to quickly internationalise new green technologies, according to BIC Innovation, a business support consultancy based in Bridgend, South Wales...
17/06/2013
The 14th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: air quality means quality of life
Eco-innovation in the widest sense is needed if cities are to become more sustainable, particularly by improving air quality through the management of urban mobility, delegates at the Speakers at the conference, which took place in Prague from 23-24 May 2013, outlined a variety of ways in...
11/06/2013
Regions test indicators of sustainable development
A project backed by the European Union's INTERREG IV C programme has been working to show that an alternative is available. The For decades, the best way to measure the development and progress of societies and nations has been debated. Gross domestic product (GDP) as the main indicator of...
14/05/2013
Understanding the system-wide impact of eco-innovations  
Because it is difficult to gain an overall view of the positive or negative impacts of environmental innovations on both the environment and the economy, the This will help address a situation in which “the promotion of certain innovations, such as the introduction of biofuels or efficient...
14/05/2013
An adaptable tool for assessing building sustainability
Construction companies have a growing body of environmentally sustainable building codes and standards to choose from. The best-known international standards are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which was developed in the United States but is used globally, and BREEAM, the...
29/04/2013
"New economy" map seeks to encourage sustainability
Developers of projects that contribute to the evolution of the green “new economy” can showcase their initiatives on an interactive online map established by the Cambridge, Massachusetts based New Economics Institute (NEI), and United Kingdom think tank New Economics Foundation (NEF). The...
02/04/2013
Houses built of straw
Eco-innovation is not always about new materials. Three projects in the far east and west of the European Union have shown that eco-innovation can also be about finding new approaches to old materials. In these cases, the material is straw. In Lithuania, a construction company, Ecococon, is...
02/04/2013
Guide offers eco-innovative smart specialisation framework
Smart specialisation is an approach to regional development in which regional authorities focus their resources on a few priority sectors in which the region can offer something new, and which have the potential for significant growth, and even global leadership. A recent guide, The guide is...

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