As reported in the latest edition of the ETV newsletter, a new Verification Body established at the Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU) in Katowice has been accredited in July 2016 to verify water technologies, becoming the fourth Polish ETV Verification Body. Poland now offers verification opportunities in all technology areas covered by the EU-ETV pilot scheme.
The 2017 EMAS Awards will honour registered organisations that are contributing to making the European economy more circular
The European Commission invites you to submit your application to the 2017 EMAS Awards until 15 February 2017. The theme for the 2017 edition of the EMAS Awards is ‘Contributing to making the European economy more circular'.
The European Commission is inviting Europe's top innovators to join a High Level Group that will advise on the design of a potential European Innovation Council (EIC).
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, set out his ambition to create a European Innovation Council in June 2015. The aim is to boost the impact of EU research and innovation programmes by stimulating innovative start ups and SMEs to grow.
A public consultation has just opened on the indicators proposed as part of the European Commission study for the 'development of a common EU framework of indicators for the environmental performance of buildings'. The consultation takes the form of an online questionnaire which can be completed using the EU Survey tool.
In the first project to be supported by the InnovFin Energy Demonstration Project (EDP) programme, the European Investment Bank (EIB), will invest up to €10 million in AW Energy, a Finnish start-up that has developed “WaveRoller” wave energy technology.
'Innovation Deals' is a pilot scheme launched by the European Commission to help innovators to navigate regulatory challenges in bringing ideas to market that have potential as solutions to environmental issues. An open invitation for expressions of interest is now online.
Whether you represent a city or organisation – or are a citizen concerned about the future of our cities and towns – you can now endorse the Basque Declaration (PDF), which aims to create stable and productive cities and towns and a good quality of life for citizens.
The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) can help find holiday accommodation that meets your environmental criteria. You can now check the EMAS Accommodation Infosheet 2016 for a complete list of EMAS-registered hotels, campgrounds and short stay accommodation. If you want to take care of the environment beyond your workplace, you can choose from 229 EMAS registered touristic establishments.
The European Cluster Observatory has published a report on 'Framework conditions for Circular Economy clusters and emerging industries' – which highlights that a change from a linear "make-use-dispose" economy to a circular economy will have implications across the whole value chain – changing how value is captured and created.
The study also identified some patterns of cross-sectoral collaboration – mainly between Agriculture and Water supply, Manufacturing and Scientific services, and Water supply and Scientific services.
Using innovative technologies, currently in early research phase, could reduce European aluminium production's energy consumption by 21% and its direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 66% by 2050, according to a new report from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).