Which are the best-forming countries for eco-innovation in Europe? Do business angels invest only in their home region and country or also internationally? How much money is spend on eco-innovation?
A new INNEON infographic answers these questions, and others, by bringing together facts and figures about eco-innovation - drawing attention to the opportunities associated with eco-innovation globally and in the EU.
The infographic can be downloaded as Jpeg or PDF files.
114 eco-innovation projects have been selected for funding under the SME Instrument, a part of Horizon 2020 the EU framework programme for research and innovation dedicated to innovative small businesses.
The Secretariat of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) invites governments, agencies, and not-for-profit organisations from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to present proposals to its call on Consumer Information.
Cities are not often thought of as havens of biodiversity, but they should be when it comes to flowering plants, according to a recent study highlighted in the Science for Environment Policy newsletter. It reported that a sample of 36 sites around the UK found that significantly more bee species were found in urban sites compared to farmland sites.
New research, included in the latest Science for Environment Policy newsletter, has found that some forms of sewage and manure treatment provided plants with more phosphorus than conventional inorganic fertilisers.
The research, published in Environmental Science & Technology examined how phosphorus could be usefully recovered from manure and sewage sludge to feed back into the cycle as a fertiliser. How sewage and manure are processed or treated can affect the availability of their phosphorus for plants.
The Horizon Prize on materials for clean air - worth €3 million - will be awarded to the person or team that develops the best material to reduce the concentration of particulate matter (PM) in the air in urban areas. The material can be made from any chemical substance (e.g. plastic, concrete, asphalt, etc.) and reduce PM concentration in the air by any means (e.g. by capturing it).
The European Commission is conducting a 3-year pilot - ending in December 2016 - to gather information on the potential of the common Product and Organisation Environmental Footprint methods. (You can read up on the methods here.)
The initiative involves around 300 businesses and industry associations - covering about two thirds of the European market in their sectors - and more than 2000 stakeholders around the world.
Among many other findings, the study reports that "The environment industry sector grew by more than 50% from 2000 to 2011, and is one of the few sectors to have flourished in terms of revenues and jobs since the 2008 financial crisis."
A case study from Bologna, Italy - reported in the EU's Science for Environment Policy newsletter - suggests that rooftop gardens could supply around 12,500 tons of vegetables a year if all suitable flat roof space in the city was used for urban agriculture.
Over the course of 2012 to 2014, researchers optimised growing strategies to maximise production - showing that exploitation of all suitable roofspace could supply 77% of the city's vegetable consumption, as well as capturing more than 600 tons of CO2 per year.