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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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Resource efficiency becomes EEA's topic for 2014

22 January, 2014

This year sees the European Environment Agency (EEA) start a new five-year work programme and establish a new set of environmental policy priorities. The Multi Annual Work Programme will run from 2014 to 2018 and seeks to improve knowledge in areas related to EU environmental and climate policies already in place, and monitor progress towards the objectives and targets in Europe’s 2020 agenda.

 

Copenhagen is Europe’s Green Capital for 2014

22 January, 2014

Copenhagen officially took the title of European Green Capital 2014 at the end of December. The city was awarded the title in recognition of its progress towards becoming more sustainable, environmentally friendly and resource efficient, and improving the quality of life for its residents. Copenhagen will pass the title to Bristol in 2015.

 

New EU-procurement rules place more emphasis on environmental considerations, social aspects and innovation

16 January, 2014

New EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts approved by Parliament on Wednesday will ensure better quality and value for money when public authorities buy or lease works, goods or services. They will also make it easier for small and medium-sized firms to bid and include tougher provisions on subcontracting.

 

An update on Europe’s progress towards sustainable development

7 January, 2014

The fifth monitoring report on Sustainable Development in the European Union was published by Eurostat last week. This biennialal report gives insights into the actions taken so far by the European Union (EU) to achieve the objectives of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy and their impact, based on a number of sustainable development indicators.

 

ERASMUS PLUS Call for Porposals

30 December, 2013

The European Commission has published the first Call for Proposals under ERASMUS PLUS programme. You can find it below for download, together with the Programme Guide.

 

Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-2020. It aims at boosting skills and employability, and modernising Education, Training and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion, which represents a 40% increase compared to current spending levels.

 

European SMEs getting greener, contributing to a resource-efficient economy

30 December, 2013

Compared to last year, European SMEs are becoming more resource efficient and are contributing substantially to the transition towards a low-carbon economy, according to the results of the 2013 Eurobarometer survey on "SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets" published today. For example, the survey shows that 42% of EU SMEs now have at least one full or part-time green employee1 – a 5% increase from 2012 which exceeds the expectations set by businesses almost two years ago.

 

EU resource efficiency improves but trend remains ‘volatile’

18 December, 2013

The European Union generates €1.60 of economic value for each kilogramme of material consumed, compared to €1.34 a decade ago, but progress towards resource efficiency remains “volatile”, according to the EU’s statistics office.

 

The data, released by Eurostat 12 December, suggests that the European Union gradually ‘decoupled’ economic growth and its use of resources between the years 2000 and 2011.

 

Horizon 2020 first calls published

13 December, 2013

The European Commission has for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives.

 

UNEP Eco-inovation expert database

10 December, 2013

UNEP is mapping leading institutions and individual experts for future projects in the field of Eco-innovation within the pan-European region. If you are interested to be included into this Mapping Exercise (which will offer among others an opportunity to be invited into specific bidding processes in this field), please, fill in the attached template for collection of information and send it to vladimir [dot] dobes [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se before 18th December 2013. More information is provided within the attached template.

European Commission to launch an open invitation for ‘Smart City and Community Commitments’

10 December, 2013

The European Commission hosted the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) conference ‘Smart Cities and Communities: Leading the Way in Making Europe’s Cities Smarter’ in Brussels on 26 November 2013. Participants included city leaders, CEOs and civil society leaders who met to discuss how to implement the actions outlined in the (SIP). As a result, the Commission announced that in spring 2014 it will launch an 'Invitation for Smart City and Community Commitments' to mobilise work on the action plan's priorities.