Environment

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Cultivating crops on city rooftops
09/03/2010
Climate change and population growth mean walls, balconies and roofs across Europe's cities could take on a greener complexion as food production becomes part of the urban landscape. To meet the challenges of producing food in a more environmentally-friendly way, the European Environment Agency...
Accelerating sustainable industrial production
14/02/2010
Eco-innovation will be a key driver of industry efforts to tackle climate change in the post-Kyoto era according to new book on green growth published by the OECD in January 2010. The new book entitled Eco-Innovation in Industry is based on the first phase of the Organisation for Economic Co-...
Pursuit of sustainability drives innovation in the chemical industry
26/01/2010
The European chemical industry is embracing innovation to ensure sustainability. Moreover, through innovation the industry is providing measures to facilitate a sustainable society. The chemical sector plays a significant role in the European economy, contributing 30% of the world’s total...
Pursuit of sustainability drives innovation in the chemical industry
26/01/2010
The European chemical industry is embracing innovation to ensure sustainability. Moreover, through innovation the industry is providing measures to facilitate a sustainable society. The chemical sector plays a significant role in the European economy, contributing 30% of the world’s total...
Member States see electric cars as route to lower emissions
18/12/2009
As the EU takes tougher action on the issue of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from vehicles, policies in Denmark, Germany and the UK are favouring the uptake of electric cars. From 1990 to 2006, GHGs from transport increased by 28%. To counter this, the EU adopted legislation in April 2009...
Making mobile phones greener
03/10/2009
As stakeholders and governments are striving to lessen the environmental impact of mobile phones, mobile phone producers are moving to meet the demands of an eco-conscious society. Mobile phone use has grown rapidly with subscriptions surpassing 4 billion by end 2008 according to International...
An ‘Eco-technology’ Round Table
27/08/2009
Through the ‘Environment Round Table’ France is formulating collective solutions to environmental problems at the national, European and international levels. Two years after the launch of the Environment Round Table (2007) – a collection of debates that bring together representatives from...
OECD surveys sustainable materials management initiatives
28/07/2009
The OECD has produced an inventory of international initiatives related to development of sustainable materials management as a viable alternative to traditional waste management. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Group on Waste Prevention and Recycling (...
The practical contribution of ICTs to sustainable growth
26/06/2009
Application of information and communication technologies (ICT)-based solutions in industry could yield dramatic energy savings, and ultimately lead to a more sustainable society. Information and communication technologies have the potential to help Europe overcome its biggest challenges. Only...
European Parliament backs Ecodesign Directive extension
09/06/2009
The Commission proposal to include energy-related products as well as energy-using products in the European Ecodesign Directive has received the backing of the European Parliament. The European Parliament approved the extension of the EU Product Ecodesign Directive to include energy-related...

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