Policy matters


Sustainable usage practices for sustainable buildings  
An EU-funded project involving partners from Belgium, France and the United Kingdom has secured a one-year extension to build awareness about how to optimally use highly energy-efficient buildings. The first stage of the The REGAIN project started in 2008, with backing from the EU INTERREG...
Supply chains and the circular economy: debate summary published  
Western companies with long supply chains - especially those that involve the extraction of resources in developing countries - can never be sustainable unless their supply chains are sustainable. For companies, therefore, working with their supply chains on sustainability is a key task in an...
Blue innovation plan
In any discussion about eco-innovation, a vast territory is usually left uncharted: the oceans. The bounty of the seas, including food and valuable minerals, is commonly over-exploited, causing in some cases extensive damage. There is huge scope to make the existing marine economy more resource...
DYNAMIX project maps future resource use pathways  
The EU-backed DYNAMIX, which brings together researchers from eight institutes in seven EU countries, is a large-scale initiative to study resource-use pathways that the EU could follow. The project's work encompasses three basic scenarios. The first two are “conventional decoupling” scenarios...
Eco-Innovation Scoreboard points to continued EU green economy divide  
The The 2013 version of the scoreboard, made public in May 2014, finds that the top ranking EU countries for eco-innovation are Sweden, Finland, Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom, which score, relative to the EU average (=100), 138, 138, 132, 129 and 122 respectively. Least eco-...
European Commission plan will seek to boost SME resource efficiency  
A The actions in the so-called GAP (Green action plan) will aim to improve provision of information on eco-innovation and green business to SMEs. It will also make it easier for SMEs to take advantage of existing support services, mentoring programmes, business and technology clusters and...
INTERREG IVC eco-innovation analysis offers handy hints to regional policymakers  
Regional policymakers seeking the best way to boost eco-innovation in the context of the implementation of European Union cohesion policy from 2014-2020 - and the associated European Structural and Investment Funds - could benefit from a recent analysis of eco-innovation projects that were carried...
INNEON project sets out to galvanise financing for eco-innovation  
A new project that aims to make it easier for eco-innovative companies to secure financing is getting underway. The INNEON's objective is to improve access to finance for eco-friendly companies. There are three current barriers to this, according to the project:  Investors tend to look at eco...
Waste legislation overhaul will underline circular economy benefits
Forthcoming proposals designed to overhaul European Union waste legislation will be a “package on the circular economy,” the European Commission has said. The package, scheduled for publication later in 2014, will review several EU directives, and could introduce new waste targets, with the aim of...
Promoting green behaviour: don't mention the environment!
Every hotel has them: notices in the bathroom informing guests that they can do their bit for the environment by reusing their towels, rather than expecting clean towels every day. Usually the notice contains a standard appeal, something like: Studies comparing the effectiveness of hotel towel...