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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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Green Action Plan for SMEs will boost resource efficiency

20 June, 2014

A Green action plan for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to be published soon by the European Commission, will set out a series of measures that are proposed to be taken at European level to encourage resource efficiency among SMEs, to promote “green entrepreneurship” and to make it easier for SMEs to access domestic and international markets for eco-innovative products and services.

 

European Commission has launched a new website on Circular Economy

13 June, 2014

The European Commission Directorate-General  Environment has produced a website page explaining what is a circular economy and the benefits it will bring to Europe in terms of new growth and job opportunities. It provides basic information on circular economy and several links to other sources of information including a new factsheet on the circular economy in three languages English, German and French.

 

Moving towards a circular economy - website

 

ISO 14001 revision has moved to a new phase

12 June, 2014

ISO 14001 is one step closer to a new version following a week of meetings in Panama where experts discussed the environmental management system standard as well as other important documents dealing with greenhouse gas emissions and water footprint.

 

From 23 – 28 May, international experts resolved comments and questions submitted during the revision process of ISO 14001 and the Draft International Standard (DIS) is now expected to be published in early July.

 

European Energy Security Strategy released

6 June, 2014

The European Commission has released its European Energy Security Strategy to address the importance of a stable and plentiful supply of energy for Europe’s citizens and economy. The strategy, which encompasses the European Union’s drive to ensure that energy supplies are uninterrupted and energy prices remain stable, was outlined by European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, at a recent high-level conference on energy security (‘Paving the way for a European Energy Security Strategy’).

 

Survey on standards and sustainable development

18 April, 2014

Danish Standards (DS) asks for cooperation on a survey about existing as well as needs for standards that can contribute to sustainable development. Focus is on environmental sustainability within the product, process and management system standards.

 

Here is a list of the national mirror committees that have beeninterviewed in Denmark:

 

- CEN TC 33 Doors, windows, shutters, buildings hardware and curtain walling

- ISO TV 162 Doors and windows

- CEN TC 191 Fixed firefighting systems

- CEN TC 70 Manual means of firefighting

New programme launched to increase sustainability of public procurement

16 April, 2014

The Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Programme, a global initiative to assist governments redirect public spending into goods and services that bring significant environmental and social benefits, was launched on 1 April 2014. The Programme represents the first action under the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP). This is a global framework to facilitate international cooperation to develop, replicate and scale-up Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and resource efficiency initiatives around the world.

 

Feedback on Green Action Plan consultation

16 April, 2014

The European Commission has published an overview of contributions received in response to a public consultation on the Green Action Plan for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The results will be used to shape actions aimed at promoting resource efficiency for and by SMEs, and will be included in the forthcoming Green Action Plan for SMEs.

 

Call for papers - World Resources Forum 2014

24 March, 2014

The World Resource Forum 2014 conference will be held in Arequipa, Peru, October 19-22, 2014.

 

The abstract submission process started 18th March. Deadline for abstract submission is 25th April 25.

 

More information can be found in PREPARE Calendar.

Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively, study shows

11 March, 2014

Wind power and solar photovoltaics (PV) are crucial to meeting future energy needs while decarbonising the power sector. Deployment of both technologies has expanded rapidly in recent years – one of the few bright spots in an otherwise-bleak picture of clean energy progress – and IEA scenarios indicate that this trend will continue for decades. However, the inherent variability of wind power and solar PV is raising concerns: Can power systems remain reliable and cost-effective while supporting high shares of variable renewable energy (VRE)? And if so, how?

 

Governing the Sustainability Transition - Call for Papers

7 March, 2014

RSA Research Network organizes a workshop "How to govern fundamental Sustainability Transition processes?" as the second event of their three-part cycle of conferences dealing with the issue of sustainable regional development in the face of different transformation processes regions are confronted with.