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).
Curious about what the new ISO 14001:2015 standard will mean for EMAS registered organisations? Are you wondering what parts of the EMAS Regulation will likely be adapted?
Answers to these questions and more can be found in the newly published factsheet "EMAS and the revised ISO 14001" from the European Commission, EMAS Helpdesk and German EMAS Advisory Board. It includes the likely timeline for adjustments to the EMAS Regulation, and identifies the areas where significant changes will probably be necessary.
The aim of the new European Commission initiative to support public procurement authorities, called “European Assistance for Innovation Procurement” (eafip), is to highlight the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) approaches across Europe, and to provide concrete support in launching a PPI or PCP.
There are four ways for public procurers to gain benefits from the eafip initiative:
The European Commission is starting to prepare the strategy for the next Horizon 2020 work programme, to cover the period 2018-2020. The stakeholder consultation to shape the Horizon 2020 work programme on NMBP (Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology) is now open – the deadline to respond is 2 May.
The Consultation of stakeholders has been launched on potential priorities for research and innovation in the 2018-2020 Work programme of the Horizon 2020 research programme for Societal Challenge 5 "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials".
Αn award ceremony, which took place at the central offices of the Bank of Cyprus, completed the first INNEON eco-innovation awards competition on 18 February 2016.
Inneo is a project working to establish a strategic European community around the accelerated commercialisation of eco- and social innovation, as well as provide an integrated service across the innovation chain and bring eco-entrepreneurs and investors together.
The European Commission's 2013 Communication 'Building the Single Market for Green Products' established two methods to measure environmental performance throughout the lifecycle: the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF). A three-year piloting of the approach is ongoing until the end of 2016.
The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management tool for organisations aiming to improve their environmental and financial performance and communicate their environmental achievements. EMAS leads to enhanced performance, credibility and transparency of registered organisations. In 2005 the European Commission introduced the EMAS awards to recognise examples of excellence in environmental management among the wide range of registered organisations.
Over half of the 158 million tonnes of fish and aquatic plants produced globally every year come from some form of aquaculture. A new study, featured in the EU's Science for Environment Policy newsletter, developed a tool to design sustainable fish farming systems and calculate their potential to recycle waste. In an example based on a salmon farming system, by incorporating seaweed and sea urchins such aquaculture could reduce nitrogen releases to the environment by 45%.