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19/09/2011
Taking stock of green public procurement in Europe
EU Member States are increasingly using their purchasing power through public procurement to stimulate eco-innovation and the uptake of green technologies and services across Europe. About one in five public authorities in Europe today includes environmental requirements in over half their...
19/09/2011
Steel supply chain innovations deliver green benefits
A better integrated supply chain and consumption-based accounting would enable more efficient use of steel and less waste, so helping reduce the industry’s environmental footprint. The steel sector needs to think about how it can provide the same services with less steel, Julian Allwood from...
28/07/2011
New report charts Europe’s eco-innovation challenge
Many European companies innovate but large material efficiency gains often remain elusive. This is leaving much untapped potential for economic and environmental improvement. The European Innovation Observatory (EIO)’s first annual report pulls no punches: European companies are innovating but...
28/07/2011
Using ‘emergy’ analysis to measure eco-village sustainability
A survey carried out to measure the sustainability of a Sicilian eco-village suggests that ‘emergy’ analysis produces more comprehensive results than life-cycle or other forms of analysis As communities strive to meet the challenges of energy efficiency, the need to calculate their...
28/07/2011
South Africa and EU strengthen clean coal cooperation
South Africa and the EU are beginning to co-operate closely in the field of clean coal technology and carbon capture and storage, with a joint working group facilitating R&D exchange. Coal remains an important energy source for both the European Union and South Africa. However, both sides...
28/07/2011
Greening the European aggregate industry
A core industry sets its sights on a sustainable future, tackling biodiversity, air and water pollution, and climate change as the European Aggregates Association (UEPG) explains. Aggregates are the sand, gravel and crushed rock that form the basis of building materials. Take them away and the...
28/07/2011
Challenges and opportunities in making Europe a ‘recycling society’
The initiative to promote the prevention and recycling of waste at EU level has led to substantial improvements but significant margins still exist for better resource efficiency. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik on a visit to the UMICORE precious metal recycling plant in Belgium in...
28/07/2011
ETAP forum tackles global environmental technology market
The 4th European Forum on Eco-innovation in Vienna on 31 January and 1 February 2008 debated key recommendations on how the EU can boost its position in the global market for environmental technologies. Jointly organised by the Austrian Minister for the Environment, the Swedish Ministry of the...
28/07/2011
EU needs indoor air quality policy framework
The Belgian EU presidency has called for a pan-European framework to improve indoor air quality and to avoid national initiatives which could breach internal market rules. “For a long time, all the focus has been on the quality of outdoor air,” said Belgian climate and energy minister Paul...
28/07/2011
Developing an EU environmental technology verification scheme
The LIFE TRITECH environmental technology verification (ETV) project provided a base for a voluntary EU ETV scheme. The Advance ETV project is co-ordinating further action in FP7. Environmental technologies represent Europe’s path to a more sustainable economy and the means to tackle urgent...

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