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Registration is open for the SusChem 2017 Brokerage event, which will take place on 18 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

The Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020 is expected to be officially published in October and until then you can consult a Commission document that describes the context for the entire strategic programming process, which will guide the preparation of the work programme itself, here:

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/sites/horizon2020/files/strat...

 

Grant-It and the SusChem brokerage event

Participants can propose their project ideas for the 2018 and 2019 calls of Horizon 2020 on GRANT-IT – a one-stop access to funding opportunities from the European Commission and Regional and National governments in the field of sustainable chemistry.

SusChem members can use GRANT-IT resources for free to search for funding, identify project opportunities, propose project ideas and search for potential project partners. SusChem members can log-in with their SusChem username and password.

Submitting your project ideas via GRANT-IT will make it available to the whole SusChem community and allow interested partners to contact you for meeting requests when the brokerage speed dating tool is open.

For more information and registration, please visit the SusChem 2017 Brokerage event registration portal or contact SusChem Secretariat atsuschem [at] suschem [dot] org.

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Renewables successfully driving down carbon emissions in Europe

18 February, 2015

Wind, solar, biomass and other renewable energy technologies has continued to grow. New data shows they have been an important driving force in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Europe.

 

Without the deployment of renewable energy since 2005, greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 could have been 7% higher than actual emissions, according to the EEA report Renewable energy in Europe – approximated recent growth and knock-on effects.

 

Circular Economy package will be ditched and re-tabled, despite protests

29 January, 2015

The European Commission’s decision to ditch the Circular Economy package of waste, recycling and incineration laws, was confirmed, despite the objections of the EU Parliament and national environment ministers. Legal procedures to officially dump the legislation should be completed in the next couple of months, the Commission told EurActiv.

 

The final decision has been taken and nothing could be foreseen that would change the executive’s mind at this stage, EU sources said.

 

Friends of the Earth Czech Republic criticise new Czech Waste Management Plan

22 January, 2015

Czech government accepted in December 2014 new national Waste management plan for 2015-2024. Current municipal solid waste recycling ratio is 30 % (by Ministry of Environment data, by Eurostat less= two different data collection is another big problem of Czech Republic)

 

In new Waste management plan for 2015-2024 has been set municipal solid waste recycling target for 2020 only around 35 % (it is 50 % recycling for paper, plastic, glass and metal from municipal solid waste).

 

GRI convenes international discussion on the future of sustainability reporting

15 January, 2015

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) launches the Reporting 2025 project aimed at promoting an international discussion about the future of sustainability reporting and disclosures.

 

Hotspots Analysis: mapping of existing methodologies, tools and guidance and initial recommendations for the development of global guidance

13 January, 2015

The UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, Flagship Project 3a, report on “Hotspots Analysis: mapping of existing methodologies, tools and guidance and initial recommendations for the development of global guidance” was released in December 2014.

 

Europe’s green economy and other stories: what you may have missed in 2014

6 January, 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, the European Environment Agency (EEA) looks back at some of the interesting findings from its work throughout the year.

 

In 2014 the EEA had a special focus on green economy and resource efficiency, looking at how Europe's economy can generate increasing prosperity while maintaining the natural systems that sustain us. New innovations could help the EU make such a transition, the EEA found.

 

Catalonia Ecodesign Award 2015

19 December, 2014

The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production is pleased to inform you on the Catalonia Ecodesign Award 2015. This is an initiative organized by the Government of Catalonia and it is open to candidates based in Mediterranean neighbouring countries.

 

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.