Research & Development

Eu - Waste

Seaweed cultivation project promises higher yields
Seaweed has been harvested for hundreds of years – the ocean plants are used for a variety of products, including edible seaweeds such as Japanese Project information: AT~SEA...
EU FUSIONS: food for thought
A major European Union research project is studying how the environmental problem of food waste can be tackled through agreed definitions, common strategies and social innovation. The EU FUSIONS project (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies) is backed by the...
EcoWater: Modelling the impact of environmental technology on water systems
A European research project led by the Environmental and Energy Management Research Unit of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, is developing complex indicators to measure the impact of eco-innovative technologies on ecosystems. The EcoWater project, says coordinator...
Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow
An online portal is aiming to promote the results of European environmental research and development by providing details of a range of promising eco-innovations, and rating their “technology readiness”. The Innovationseeds portal went public in mid-2012. It has established a library of results...
Recycled footwear products enter the market
Setting up systems so that consumers can return obsolete products to retailers – whether or not at the time of purchase of a new product – is an effective way of diverting old products from waste streams and encouraging reuse and recycling. Backed by legislation, such collection schemes are in...
Floating houses for rising seas
A recent advance in the technology used to build floating houses could make this a more attractive option for low lying areas seeking to adapt to the effects of climate change. In low lying areas, floating or amphibian homes could provide an important means of defence against rising sea levels...
Innovative bioprocesses may offer benefits to a fading colour textile industry
The scaling-up of sustainable, high-tech dyeing technology is the focus of an ongoing European Commission funded project aimed at strengthening SMEs in the colour textile industry. The Bioprocessing for Sustainable Production of Coloured Textiles project (BISCOL) is well on its way toward...
Making building materials greener
Life-cycle assessment reveals potential for eco-innovation and substitution of traditional materials by natural, local equivalents to cut the environmental footprint of buildings. The impact of a building on its environment has just as much to do with the materials used to construct it as with...
Recovering valuable metals from industrial waste
The rising cost of metals is expected to drive uptake of an ecological metal-recovery system being developed by the EU-funded Ecometre project. It will benefit both surface-engineering and electronics companies. Surface-engineering and related industrial sectors, such as aerospace, automotive,...
Natural pest management cuts rice waste
A EUREKA project has come up with a novel combination of natural methods to keep rice safe from insects and fungi during storage, providing a welcome substitute for pesticides. An eco-innovative alternative to growing ever more rice to feed booming populations in Asia, Latin America and Africa...