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European Green Leaf

19 December, 2014

The European Green Leaf is a new initiative aimed at cities with a population between 50,000 and 100,000 inhabitants. It is an award that recognises commitment to better environmental outcomes, with a particular accent on efforts that generate green growth and new jobs. The objectives of the European Green Leaf are threefold:

 

1. To recognise cities that demonstrate a good environmental record and commitment to generating green growth;

 

2. To encourage cities to actively develop citizens' environmental awareness and involvement;

 

Czech chairmanship of PREPARE network is ending. What innovative ideas did it bring to sustainable consumption and production?

12 December, 2014

After three years of leadership, PREPARE president Mr. Zdenek Horsak, Director General of SITA CZ, handed over the Secretariat of the international network PREPARE to Prof. Peter Glavic at the network meeting in Copenhagen last week. The Secretariat of PREPARE, which main goal is to promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and the implementation of environmental projects, is taken over by Slovenia after the Czech Republic.

 

Transforming jobs and skills for a resource efficient, inclusive and circular economy

11 December, 2014

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.

 

Global energy efficiency market ‘an invisible powerhouse’ worth at least USD 310 billion per year

9 October, 2014

The global energy efficiency market is worth at least USD 310 billion a year and growing, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency that confirms the position of energy efficiency as the world’s “first fuel”. The report also finds that energy efficiency finance is becoming an established market segment, with innovative new products and standards helping to overcome risks and bringing stability and confidence to the market.

 

Building a resource-efficient and circular economy in Europe

9 October, 2014

The European Environment Agency has published the report Signals 2014: Well-being and the Environment focusing on resource-efficient and circular economy in Europe. The report warns that we are extracting and using more resources than our planet can produce in a given time.

 

Energy efficiency: a key tool for boosting economic and social development

15 September, 2014

The benefits of energy efficiency go well beyond the simple scaling back of energy demand, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency published today. In a study that reframes the discussion about the so-called “hidden fuel”, the IEA shows how energy efficiency has the potential to support economic growth, enhance social development, advance environmental sustainability, ensure energy-system security and help build wealth.

 

TRIZ - Innovative problem solving method

22 July, 2014

ENVIROS would like to invite you to participate in a training of TRIZ method - Theory of inventive problem solving, a problem solving method based on logic and data, which accelerates the project team's ability to solve problems creatively.

 

The training will be held in Prague 1-3 and 8-10 September, led by certified TRIZ trainers Mr. Sergei Ikovenko and Mr. Jürgen Jantschgi.

 

For registration please contact Ms. Vlasta Svejnohova (vlasta [dot] svejnohova [at] enviros [dot] cz).

Green economy can encourage jobs and innovation

16 July, 2014

Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits.

 

The report 'Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies' considers how European economies can drive more efficient material resource use as part of the transition towards a 'green economy', a recently stated aim of the EU.

 

LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency Call 2014 published

1 July, 2014

The first call for action grants for the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action 2014 - 2020 is now open, covering proposals for both LIFE sub-programmes - Environment and Climate Action.

 

Deadlines for Horizon 2020 calls 2014 - 2015

1 July, 2014

Overview of deadlines for Horizon 2020 calls 2014 - 2015