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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/stratprog_overarching_version_for_publication.pdf

 

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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Commission proposes to minimise the climate impacts of biofuel production

15 November, 2012

The Commission on 17 October published a proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the EU. The use of food-based biofuels to meet the 10 % renewable energy target of the Renewable Energy Directive will be limited to 5 %. This is to stimulate the development of alternative, so-called second generation biofuels from non-food feedstock, like waste or straw, which emit substantially less greenhouse gases than fossil fuels and do not directly interfere with global food production.

 

Retailers take action to prevent food waste

15 November, 2012

Retailers have committed to take voluntary action in waste prevention, particularly on food waste. At the Retail Forum in Brussels on 10 October, 19 Retail Forum members pledged to run campaigns raising awareness on waste and food waste prevention and reduction. This initiative will complement relevant EU policies on waste, as set out in the Roadmap to a Resource-Efficient Europe, for example halving edible food waste by 2020, making waste a resource and virtually eliminating landfilling.

Innovation performance of 190 European regions compared

8 November, 2012

Innovation is a key driver of economic growth and jobs. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012, published 6th November, provides a comparative assessment of how European regions perform with regard to innovation. The report covers 190 regions across the European Union, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard is based on the methodology of the Innovation Union Scoreboard.

 

Certified Business Process Manager

7 November, 2012

Business Process Management (BPM) is the discipline which covers identification, modeling, analysis, documentation, automatization, maintenance and optimization of business processes. Certified Business Process Manager (CertiBPM) is a training program for all business process managers/specialists who wish to document, model and manage business processes, to change the way their employees work (for example: project managers, CIOs, quality managers, organization managers, process owners, unit leaders, business analysts, etc.).

 

GRI Annual Report 2011/12

7 November, 2012

Policy will be crucial in making sustainability reporting standard practice

 

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) issued its Annual Report 2011/12 on Monday 5 November 2012. The report draws attention to significant developments in encouraging policy around sustainability reporting, and emphasizes the importance of policy in making sustainability reporting a standard business practice.

 

ISO standard for designing the ultra-efficient home

5 November, 2012

Between the rising cost of living and concerns about protecting the environment, homeowners have become increasingly interested in finding ways to cut down on energy use. A new ISO International Standard gives a framework for taking into consideration the design process in buildings that will lead to greater energy efficiency – and lower energy bills.

 

Foundation of European Network of Ecodesign Centres

26 October, 2012

You are kindly invited to attend the launch of the newly formed European Network of Ecodesign Centres (ENEC) that will take place 28/11/2012 in Brussels.

 

CSI EU project successfully finalised

26 October, 2012

CSI EU was a partnership project generated within the PREPARE Network and implemented by several of its partners. The project main goal was to improve implementation of Social Responsibility in European SMEs by developing a practical guidance and trainings to implement ISO 26000.

 

As an output, it provides SMEs with a concrete learning portal that enables them to improve their performance on CSR.

 

From consumer kids to sustainable childhood - Symposium in Berlin

24 October, 2012

How do we raise up our children so that they no longer grow up learning to be consumers but instead learn to become guardians of sustainable living?

 

The Symposium will be held at The New Malthouse in Berlin 15th November. This symposium will examine how unsustainable lifestyles are passed on from one generation to the next by the influence of media, marketers and others

 

Investing in regions and renewable energy sources will help deliver EU's ambitious Energy Roadmap 2050

16 October, 2012

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) has backed the European Commission's plans to reduce energy consumption and commit to shifting towards more sustainable energy resources, but has urged that far more needs to be done to support local and regional authorities if these objectives are to be achieved. The European Commission unveiled its Energy Roadmap 2050 in December last year which seeks to achieve the EU's target of reducing greenhouse emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050 while protecting energy supply and maintaining competitiveness.