Environment

Research & Development

©Francesco Luca Labianca
10/12/2020
In its proposal for an eighth European Union Environment Action Programme, published in October 2020 (8EAP, COM (2020) 652), the European Commission promised to present by the end of 2021 a set of headline indicators to help guide the EU towards its environmental goals. These goals, framed by the...
©Gabriel Crismariu
10/12/2020
In 2009, the OECD organised a global forum on eco-innovation at which experts in the then nascent field discussed how industry can do a better job at ‘innovating’ its way towards a greener planet, supported by insightful policies and tools.  A speaker from Maastricht University concluded a...
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18/11/2020
European researchers are working to crack a tough nut: how to cut waste streams in chemical production. The team is developing a new chemical reactor platform that mimics the dynamics of how living cells elegantly and economically synthesise a huge variety of complex products. Their vision is a...
©fluidion
14/10/2020
An EU-backed innovation project, digital-water.city (DWC), is keen to bring water management into the digital era, showing how smart technology can boost the integrated management of water systems in Europe. Digital technology combined with the power of ‘big data’ are driving a wave of innovation...
30/03/2020
Some materials fit more easily into the circular economy than others. Nearly all food and drinks cans and other steel packaging, for example, are recycled. But some materials present a much tougher challenge. Fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) is a composite of plastic and glass, carbon and other...
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20/10/2019
Necessity is the mother of invention. This has never been truer than with ‘green energy’ technology. The combined challenge of tackling climate change, dwindling resources and environmental damage, while sustaining economic growth and social cohesion, call for some serious energy innovation. One...
27/11/2018
There is huge potential in advanced materials and products made from biomass that comes in all shapes and sizes. One part of Slovenia’s Smart Specialisation Strategy (3S) is making sure none of that potential goes to waste. The key to fully exploiting the potential of biomass in advanced materials...
Wave energy: work in progress
07/09/2015
Wave energy seems to be the little brother of other renewable energy technologies. While solar and wind power have been commercialised and scaled up to the extent that some countries now get a substantial portion of their electricity from them (wind energy met more than 40% of Denmark's electricity...

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