Policy matters


South Africa and EU strengthen clean coal cooperation
South Africa and the EU are beginning to co-operate closely in the field of clean coal technology and carbon capture and storage, with a joint working group facilitating R&D exchange. Coal remains an important energy source for both the European Union and South Africa. However, both sides...
Building capacity for technology transfer in eco-innovation
The 6th European Forum on Eco-Innovation in Berlin on 2 and 3 April 2009 set out to identify ways to build capacity for technology transfer, focusing on SMEs and developing countries. Berlin brought together nearly 200 high-level stakeholders from business, the R&D community, policy makers...
Eco-innovation Action Plan sets agenda for jobs and growth
The European Commission has launched a new Eco-innovation Action Plan as part of Europe 2020. Building on the lessons-learnt of ETAP, the plan complements the EU policies on innovation, resource efficiency, industry and skills to support the transition towards smart, sustainable and inclusive...
New report charts Europe’s eco-innovation challenge
Many European companies innovate but large material efficiency gains often remain elusive. This is leaving much untapped potential for economic and environmental improvement. The European Innovation Observatory (EIO)’s first annual report pulls no punches: European companies are innovating but...
EU needs indoor air quality policy framework
The Belgian EU presidency has called for a pan-European framework to improve indoor air quality and to avoid national initiatives which could breach internal market rules. “For a long time, all the focus has been on the quality of outdoor air,” said Belgian climate and energy minister Paul...
Copper industry calls for framework to protect innovation and competitiveness
The European copper industry has proposed a set of principles which it believes will ensure a balanced regulatory framework designed to support innovation and protect competitiveness. Copper is crucial in clean technologies and the manufacture of resource-efficient products, according to the ‘...
The role of wood in tackling climate change
The European Economic and Social Committee has called for forests and wood-based products to play a central role in climate-change mitigation as carbon sinks and by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Forestry must play a role in Europe’s sustainable future according to the European Economic and...
EU boosts energy performance of domestic electrical goods
The EU has set new rules to improve energy use in TVs and white goods. This includes revised labelling with additional top ratings. However, these changes have met a mixed response. Agreement was reached on new rules to improve the energy performance of several products at the EU Ecodesign and...
Technologies available to reduce European steel, paper and cement industry emissions
A Climate Action Network Europe report indicates the technologies needed to take Europe beyond an 80% emissions reduction in the steel, cement and paper industries already exist. Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-Europe) commissioned CE Delft to examine CO2 efficiency in European steel, cement...
New energy labels proposed for EU household products
The Commission has proposed the first-ever energy label for TVs and updated labelling for refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and washing machines to reflect technical improvements. Labelling help consumers choose household products that save energy – and therefore money – while providing...