The 17th European Forum on Eco-innovation explored the dynamics of green jobs creation. More than 150 experts debated the potential of circular economy to drive businesses’ competitiveness and create employment.
Over the last decade 3 to 4.2 million jobs were created in European eco-industries. Recent studies at national level and for different sectors indicate a positive trend in employment generation coming from the transition to a resource efficient circular economy.
UNEP is mapping leading institutions and individual experts for future projects in the field of Eco-innovation within the pan-European region. If you are interested to be included into this Mapping Exercise (which will offer among others an opportunity to be invited into specific bidding processes in this field), please, fill in the attached template for collection of information and send it to vladimir [dot] dobes [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se before 18th December 2013. More information is provided within the attached template.
The European Commission has launched a call for eco-innovation technology proposals that aim to prevent or reduce environmental impacts or contribute to the optimal use of resources. The Eco-Innovation scheme will fund 45 projects over the next year to the value of EUR 31.5 million. Proposals are being sought in five specific areas: material recycling, water, sustainable building products, green business, and the food and drink sector.
Increasing some tax rates and removing subsidies on environmentally harmful products and services can boost economic growth if the revenue generated is then used to relieve the tax burden on employment and investment.
The findings come from a series of studies from the European Environment Agency (EEA) looking at the potential for fiscal reform in four EU countries affected by the current economic crisis.
The European Commission has recently published the study "Eco-innovation opportunities in nine sectors of the EU economy" performed by TNO under the Europe Innova (an initiative of DG ENTR).