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New report details water management good practices
14/07/2016
A European Commission-funded project has published a guide for city planners on how to tackle the four main water management issues that urban areas face: flooding, water scarcity, water conservation and water quality. The report, from the POWER project, analyses best practices in each of these...
Project proposes policy packages for servitisation
13/07/2015
Servitisation, or selling the functions offered by a product rather selling the product itself, could play a major role in a more circular economy in the future. Servitisation already exists in a number of forms, such as the leasing or hire of vehicles or appliances, but in many other areas there...
'Clean and Cool' missions promote UK eco-entrepreneurs in major markets
30/09/2013
The United Kingdom is promoting its eco-innovative small and medium-sized companies through a series of The United Kingdom is promoting its eco-innovative small and medium-sized companies through a series of “Clean and Cool” missions that take entrepreneurs to explore the cleantech market...
Keeping track of WEEE
26/03/2013
Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used to ensure that waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) is correctly processed, and that reuse of components and recycling of materials is maximised, according to a European Union funded project with pilot initiatives in the Czech...
'Concrete' solutions
11/03/2013
The European Union's construction sector faces a testing target. Under the EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), it must, by 2020, reuse or recycle at least 70% by weight of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste. In some countries, such as Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands,...
Island communities explore sustainability
11/03/2013
A group of North Sea island communities have combined their energies to test a range of sustainability ideas involving water, energy and materials use, in the European Union funded The island communities - representing Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom -...
SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  
11/02/2013
A major cross-sectoral partnership is planning to channel €1.4 billion in private sector research spending to resource and energy efficiency in Europe's process industries – those sectors, such as steel and cement, that transform bulk resources into products that underpin modern economies. The...
The 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation: water sector eco-innovation in practice
15/01/2013
The 13 The Forum resulted in the production of recommendations that will inform the future development of activities for the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water [see article on EIP http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecoap/about-eco-innovation/policies-matters/eu/20121001_en.htm].The...
Nanotechnology and environmental performance: what lies beyond the shiny promises?
07/02/2011
The nanotechnology industry has over-promised and under-delivered according to Friends of the Earth, which proposes taking a precautionary approach to nanotechnology products. Nanotechnology has the potential to deliver novel approaches and transform the economy, although at a significant...
Reducing the environmental impact of agriculture through biotechnology
24/01/2011
Biotechnology can play a major role in helping farmers overcome challenges such as protecting crops against insects, weeds and disease, as well as battling vagaries of the weather. Much can be achieved without resorting to environmentally-harmful products and processes or over-reliance on...

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