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03/10/2011
Eco-label products: supply decides uptake
Recent research shows that the quantity of green products on the market and how they are distributed significantly affects their consumption. Availability also drives consumption. Governments should invest resources in increasing the supply and availability of ‘green’ labelled products , rather...
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
Climate change package to enhance growth and jobs
A Commission package to fight climate change and promote renewable energy, demonstrating targets agreed last year are technologically and economically sound, provides a major opportunity for businesses. A Commission package to fight climate change and promote renewable energy, demonstrating...
28/07/2011
Helping the green sector through difficult times  
Global recession and cheaper oil have slowed growth in green start-ups but economic stimulus plans may aid the transfer to a sustainable green economy with the environment a key sector in the future global economy. The current financial crisis, coupled with the volatile nature of the...
28/07/2011
The role of wood in tackling climate change
The European Economic and Social Committee has called for forests and wood-based products to play a central role in climate-change mitigation as carbon sinks and by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Forestry must play a role in Europe’s sustainable future according to the European Economic and...
28/07/2011
Birmingham forum highlights role for eco-innovation in a resource-efficient economy
The 10th European Forum on Eco-Innovation in Birmingham, England focused on the role of eco-innovation and eco-innovative business in driving a resource-efficient European economy. A joint initiative of Defra and the European Commission, the Forum attracted 240 stakeholders from business,...
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
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...

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