A new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum estimates that the cost of greenhouse gas emissions from the production of plastic, and the environmental impact of plastic waste, is at least $40 billion (€37 billion) annually – compared to the estimated annual profits from plastic packaging of $26-39 billion (€24-36 billion).
The European Commission has launched a public consultation to feed into its upcoming non-binding guidelines on how large public-interest entities, such as listed companies and banks, should disclose social and environmental information.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) 2016 Call for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) is now open. The EIT invites applicants to submit their proposals with a view to selecting and designating a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in each of the following thematic areas:
1) Food4Future - Sustainable Supply Chain from Resources to Consumers; and
Cities have a high potential for addressing environmental challenges and making better use of materials. ‘Urban symbiosis’ aims to break linear relationships between consumption and waste by returning outputs as inputs, e.g. recycling wastewater or water from industrial processes.
Danish cities have made life easier for cyclists by favouring them in their traffic light systems:
Previously the traffic lights in Copenhagen were coordinated for cars. Now they’ve been adjusted to favour cyclists along many main traffic arteries. This means that at a speed of 20 kph, cyclists can surf a wave of green traffic lights through the city without putting a foot down.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has launched a call for expression of interest for the selection of four appointed members of the EIT Governing Board.
The EIT Governing Board is entrusted with providing the strategic leadership of the Institute. It is independent and autonomous in its decision-making and is in particular responsible for the selection, designation and evaluation of the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). The EIT has several KIC's relevant to eco-innovation: Climate-KIC, KIC InnoEnergy and EIT Raw Materials.
Today the Commission adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs. The proposed actions will contribute to "closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and bring benefits for both the environment and the economy.
The Breakthrough Energy Coalition is working together with a growing group of countries who are significantly increasing their public research pipeline through the Mission Innovation initiative to make a greener future a reality, based on clean energy that is affordable and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative was launched at the UN's COP21 climate conference in Paris on 30 November.
Urban sustainability indicators are tools that allow planners, managers and policymakers to gauge the socio-economic and environmental impact of existing urban designs, infrastructures, policies, waste disposal systems, pollution and citizens’ access to services.
A new In-depth Report on Urban Indicators for Sustainable Cities, published by the Science for Environment Policy project, aims to provide local government actors and stakeholders with a concise guide to the best indicator tools currently available.
An open letter from the CEOs of a coalition of 78 companies — including Deutsche Telekom, Ikea, Microsoft, Philips and others — has called for an ambitious climate deal at COP21, the UN Climate Change conference in Paris, aligned with the UN Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).