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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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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

Environmental policy can increase growth and create jobs

1 July, 2014

According to a report published by the European Commission’s DG Environment, effective environmental policy can promote economic growth and create new jobs. Through a number of case studies and statistics, the report concludes that investing in Europe’s environment makes good economic sense.

 

Natural resource prices increase as unsustainable consumption patterns continue

25 June, 2014

According to the International Resource Panel's latest report, ‘Decoupling 2: Technologies, Opportunities and Policy Options’, current consumption patterns are rapidly depleting the world’s non-renewable resources. The report suggests that the increased prices for metal, rubber and energy – which have risen by 176%, 350% and 260% respectively since 2000 – demonstrate that the negative effects of the unsustainable use of natural resources are already being felt.

 

European Commission publishes list of critical raw materials

25 June, 2014

The European Commission has published a list of 20 raw materials that are critical to Europe’s economy, including gallium, indium and heavy rare earth elements. The list will help set the priorities for mining and recycling activities, support trade agreements and promote research and innovation. Companies dealing with these raw materials will also find the information useful.

 

Ljubljana wins European Green Capital Award for 2016

25 June, 2014

Slovenian capital Ljubljana has been named European Green Capital 2016 at a ceremony in Copenhagen, the current holder of the Green Capital title.

 

Ljubljana was commended for raising environmental awareness amongst its citizens. The jury also recognised its sustainability strategy 'Vision 2025', which brings together plans covering environmental protection, mobility, energy and electric transport. In addition, Ljubljana has made significant progress in implementing green procurement policies covering 70 % of all city purchases.

 

Circular economy is the logical solution for Europe

20 June, 2014

Europe must make the transition from its current linear economic model towards a more circular one. This was the key topic of discussion at this year’s Green Week, entitled ‘Circular economy – saving resources, creating jobs’.