The new statistical book 'Energy, transport and environment indicators — 2015' comprises a broad set of data collected by Eurostat. It presents the EU’s main indicators for energy, transport and environment with particular focus on sustainable development and climate change.
This useful publication provides data for the European Union and its Member States, while some indicators also include data for the EFTA countries and candidate and potential candidate countries to the EU.
The Compendium on the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Promotion and Policy Support provides an overview of the instruments and incentives used in EU Member States to support and reward the efforts of EMAS organisations. It explains the benefits of EMAS incentives for participating organisations and also for regulators and policymakers, providing a wide range of examples from the Member States.
According to the European Commission's Science for Environment Policy Newsletter:
Every year, approximately 30–50 million tons of WEEE is disposed of globally, and this number is rising by an estimated 3–5% annually. The recovery of expensive and scarce resources such as precious metals and critical materials from these products therefore represents a significant economic opportunity.
Researchers at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have designed and patented a floating platform for offshore wind turbines that can reduce energy costs to 12 euro cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) through a more efficient design and cheaper building materials.
Increasing the supply of apprenticeships which is one of the 5 European priorities on Vocational Education and Training (VET) for 2015-2020, and one of the main objectives of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships.
The objective of this Call is building the capacity of organisations to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in either newly engaging in, or substantially increasing their apprenticeships. Note: this call does not provide financial support to SMEs directly.
This survey is part of the ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC) programme on enhancing the eco-innovation capacity of SMEs in the ASEM member states. ASEM is the Asian-European forum to enhance relations and various forms of cooperation between the countries of two regions (http://aseminfoboard.org). The aim is to identify needs and design future steps to support collaboration for eco-innovation among the ASEM member states.
The European Commission invites scientists to join its non-food Scientific Committees. The Scientific Committees established under Commission Decision C(2015)5383 provide the Commission with high quality and independent risk assessment and scientific advice in the areas of public health, consumer safety and environmental risks. Each Committee consists of a maximum of 19 members.
Rhône-Alpes, the French region, along with France's public investment bank, BPIFrance, have launched a new innovation fund targetting SMEs. Co-funded by the European Union, the Fonds d’Innovation Rhône-Alpes (FIRA) has almost €70 million available to support SME's innovative projects in the region - including, in particular, eco-innovation initiatives.
Wind power can meet a quarter of Europe’s electricity demand by 2030 — growing from today's 128.8GW capacity to reach 320GW — according to a new report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
With 254GW from onshore and 66GW coming from offshore, the European wind industry could provide up to 334,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2030, but this depends on a number of political and regulatory factors — including a clear governance structure for the EU-wide 27% renewables target — says EWEA.
New research from the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low emission transport, building efficiency, and waste management in cities could generate savings with a current value of US$17 trillion (€15 trillion) by 2050. These low-carbon investments could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2e per year by 2030, more than the current annual emissions of India.