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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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7th Environment Action Programme proposal released

7 December, 2012

The European Commission has released its proposal for the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP). Entitled ‘Living well, within the limits of our planet’, it will guide EU environmental policy to 2020. The EAP aims to achieve an inclusive green economy, protect the EU’s natural capital and address environment-related threats to EU citizens’ health. The proposal is to be considered by the European Parliament and the EU Council before becoming law, subject to agreement.

 

Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s waters

29 November, 2012

The European Commission has released its Water Blueprint, a new EU strategy on the use of water resources. The Blueprint aims to make water use sustainable in the EU, and has been designed in response to an increasing pressure to provide good quality water for human needs, economic activities and the environment. It is closely aligned to the EU’s 2020 strategy, and, in particular, the 2011 Resource Efficiency Roadmap.

 

Planet, people and profits: How to deliver a sustainable exit from the crisis

27 November, 2012

On the 13. November delivered the European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik a keynote speech at the European Resource Efficiency Forum "Vision 2020 - the role of resource efficiency for Europe´s future."  The speech was focused on the way that the EU will implement related key policy priorities and vidions, and how this must be communicated.

 

ERSCP EMSU 2013 - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

15 November, 2012

The 16th Conference of the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) and the 7th Conference of the Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities (EMSU) series takes place in Istanbul 4-7 June 2013.

The topic is Bridges for a more sustainable future: uniting continents and societies. ERSCP İstanbul will cover broad range of core topics on sustainable production and consumption applications including the role of relevant stakeholders and tools.

 

World Energy Outlook 2012 published

15 November, 2012

The 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook was released on 12 November and presents authoritative projections of energy trends through to 2035 and insights into what they mean for energy security, environmental sustainability and economic development. Oil, coal, natural gas, renewables and nuclear power are all covered, together with an update on climate change issues. Global energy demand, production, trade, investment and carbon dioxide emissions are broken down by region or country, by fuel and by sector.

 

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.