Environment

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Manifesto maps out Europe's future bioeconomy
18/05/2016
A high-level conference held in Utrecht, the Netherlands in mid-April, under the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, has published a manifesto that sets out a roadmap for the development of the bioeconomy in the EU. The manifesto defines the bioeconomy as: “those parts of the...
'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...
Milan: lessons in congestion charging
08/07/2013
A congestion charging scheme in the northern Italian city of Milan has reduced traffic and the associated air pollution in the centre of the city – but has also demonstrated the need to obtain public acceptance for such a scheme, and for transparency in relation to revenues raised from the...
'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 -...
Danish municipalities roll out green business growth scheme
11/03/2013
A project in the southern Danish municipalities of Kolding, Middelfart and Odense is demonstrating how tradesmen such as builders, plumbers and roofers can build their businesses and create jobs by better aligning their services with the European Union's energy-efficiency objectives. To do this...
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 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...
Taking a united approach to battery recycling
15/02/2009
The new EU Battery Directive came into force in October 2008 and is set to change how spent batteries are processed at national level. Some Member States have already been showing the way. Following in the footsteps of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, the Battery...
Rising tide of marine energy to lift the UK
21/01/2009
The United Kingdom is at the forefront of marine energy research and development, and many believe this growing sector could in the future meet a fifth of all British energy demands. The development of marine energy is progressing at a fast pace in the UK. Through the combined efforts of both...

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