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Greening cohesion policy through eco-innovation
03/10/2011
A recent study by WWF Germany suggests that a greater emphasis on eco-innovation within EU regional innovation policy could significantly increase ERDF environment-related expenditure. In January 2011, the European Commission published a Communication calling on EU Member States and regions to...
Steel supply chain innovations deliver green benefits
19/09/2011
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...
Taking stock of green public procurement in Europe
19/09/2011
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...
28/07/2011
A report from the European Commission Joint Research Centre indicates that environmental improvements in residential buildings could result in overall greenhouse gas emission reductions of 7%. The JRC IMPRO-Building report suggests that such reductions could be achieved without incurring...
Eco-innovation INNO-Net champions eco-innovation policy
28/07/2011
The Commission's INNO-Net on Eco-innovation will enable an exchange of ideas, and lead to common work towards transferability of good practices, benchmarking, and target setting An initiative to build on the promising policies of Member States for the promotion of eco-innovation was announced...
Commission energy strategy calls for efficiency and solidarity
28/07/2011
The Commission's second strategic energy review package looks at energy security, climate and emissions targets, and both renewable energy and energy efficiency The European Commission has unveiled its second review of the strategic energy package, which includes a variety of proposals that...
EU helps Asia become more sustainable
28/07/2011
SWITCH-Asia is a €150 million programme in which the EU is encouraging Asian SMEs to become more sustainable through policy support, information exchange and on-the-ground projects. Asia has become the world’s manufacturing centre, but the estimated 30 million small and medium-sized enterprises...
Developing an EU environmental technology verification scheme
28/07/2011
The LIFE TRITECH environmental technology verification (ETV) project provided a base for a voluntary EU ETV scheme. The Advance ETV project is co-ordinating further action in FP7. Environmental technologies represent Europe’s path to a more sustainable economy and the means to tackle urgent...
FP7 stimulates support for sustainable development
28/07/2011
A progress report on the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research highlights support for sustainable development and indicates which issues still need to be addressed. The Commission’s Communication ‘On the progress made under the Seventh European Framework Programme for Research,’ (...
SEE awards recognise excellence in sustainable energy
28/07/2011
One highlight of the EUSEW 2009 was the third annual Sustainable Energy Europe awards recognising the Sustainable Energy Partners whose projects were deemed examples of excellence. The Sustainable Energy Europe (SEE) awards ceremony in Brussels on 10 February 2009, hosted by European Energy...

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