Environment

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14/10/2020
Lahti, a city of 120,000 people in Finland, is the European Green Capital 2021. Lahti won the prestigious title for being a top performer in the fields of air quality, waste, green growth and eco-innovation, as well as governance. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average, so Lahti...
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14/10/2020
Vitoria-Gasteiz is a sustainable city that has worked for years on a city model that also embraces its landscape, even as it grows. At times, during the 20th Century, the city’s population multiplied by four in just a decade, but planning ensured that it stayed inside city limits in order to...
30/03/2020
What happens to old mobile phones when they reach the end of their useful lives? They might be recycled, though this seems to be the case for only a small portion (data is lacking but the recycling rate in the EU could be about 15%). They might be discarded with other waste and end up incinerated...
18/02/2020
Reversing biodiversity decline has until now proved a tough challenge for the European Union. In strategies going back more than two decades, the EU has stated the goal of putting a stop to the deterioration and loss of Europe’s natural capital, but the biodiversity crisis has not abated. Now, a...
18/11/2019
The Circular Flanders partnership acts as a hub for development of the circular economy in the Flemish region. Circular Flanders spokesperson Jan Verheyen provided details on its structure and approach, and in particular, its work to encourage circular economy thinking in purchasing decisions made...
18/11/2019
How smart policy innovation is transforming economic thinking and inspiring urban renewal and green building projects. The circular economy offers solutions to some of the greatest societal challenges, from tackling carbon emissions, climate change and unsustainable building practices to meeting...
19/12/2018
Multiple pathways exist for the implementation of circular economy principles, e.g. through repair, re-use, remanufacturing and recycling. Products lie at the  core of the challenge. In particular, the way in which products are designed and manufactured (when considering aspects such as modularity...
27/11/2018
Sustainability is no longer a concept but a growing reality, and the emergence of a robust bioeconomy is a tangible manifestation of this. On 22 October, delegates from all over the world came together at the EU-hosted Sustainable & Circular Bioeconomy event to explore the next phase of this...
30/10/2018
Eco-innovation needs global leadership and transnational collaboration, stress experts in their input into the next Asia-Europe Meeting Summit.  Created in 1996, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is today a respected platform for fostering dialogue and cooperation between two important regions in the...
30/10/2018
The concept of clusters has proved effective in the European Union as a way of bringing researchers and companies – especially smaller companies – together to explore approaches to resource efficiency. SMEs in particular can dramatically enhance their operations by working in clusters. In EU...

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