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29/10/2012
Making the most of public purchasing power
Public authorities should define their purchasing goals at a much earlier stage, if they want to use green public procurement (GPP) to boost eco-innovation, according to a European Union funded project. Instead of waiting until the start of technical procurement processes before they set out...
15/10/2012
On the road
A European Commission transport research strategy seeks to boost eco-innovation by focusing attention on new types of vehicles, smart and green infrastructure, and the integrated management of different transport modes to achieve maximum efficiency. The Commission's Strategic Transport...
15/10/2012
Potocnik: eco-innovation requires a systemic rethink
Eco-innovation should go beyond incremental environmental improvements and efficiency gains, and aim at “breaking out of locked-in systems and thinking,” according to EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik. The Eco-innovation Action Plan should be a tool to respond to the need to stay...
01/10/2012
European partnership promises water innovations
A major European Union initiative to promote innovation in the water sector has promised to adopt its strategic implementation plan by the end of the year, with its operational phase to start in early 2013. The European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIPW) held its kick-off meeting in Brussels...
14/09/2012
EcoAp website goes live
The EcoAp website is open for submissions: showcase your eco-innovative thinking or cutting edge practice. Welcome to the new EcoAP website. In line with the shift in the European Commission’s focus from environmental technologies to eco-innovation, the website has been upgraded to better serve...
14/04/2012
New land-use planning tool supports ecosystem services
Recent advances in land-use modelling techniques may help city planners identify sites for the conservation of urban green space and the development of climate adaptation measures. Apart from the recreational and aesthetic value they offer residents, metropolitan green spaces provide several...
12/12/2011
Tram depots: a blueprint for green building
Five European cities define the cutting-edge in sustainable urban building with four innovative new tram depots A new series of tram depots offers an answer to the challenge of building new public infrastructure both essential for urban development and constrained by stringent environmental,...
24/11/2011
Regions get smart about eco-innovation
The EU ‘Smart Specialisation Platform’ will help European regions to focus on what they do best for the maximum competitive advantage and return on EU funds. EU regions expect the European Commission to help them identify their best assets and develop them. All regions are due to launch smart...
26/10/2011
Innovation key to green growth, says OECD report
Protecting natural resources need not compromise on economic growth. The OECD's Green Growth Strategy shows how, through policies in support of green innovation, this is possible. In 2009, ministers called upon the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to develop a Green...
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...

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