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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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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.

 

Report illustrates effect of green economy on human well-being

10 December, 2013

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched its new Environmental Indicator Report 2013, examining the implications of a transition to a green economy. The report draws upon a sub-set of the EEA’s environmental indicators that consider a vast range of environmental indicators. The publication coincides with the launch of the 7th European Environment Action Programme (7th EAP). Both documents are aimed at supporting policymakers to shape a healthy environment and ensure human well-being.

 

Resource Efficiency Scoreboard released

10 December, 2013

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published for the first time the European Resource Efficiency Scoreboard. The scoreboard presents a set of 30 robust and easily understandable indicators for assessing the use of natural resources in the EU and for monitoring the progress towards a resource-efficient and circular economy.

 

Front-running cities changing transport, improving quality of life

3 December, 2013

Many cities in Europe are changing, according to a new EEA report which points to rapid transformations in urban transport in some areas. While cycling and efficient public transport are becoming the norm in some urban areas, Europe’s transport sector is still a major contributor to excessive levels of greenhouse gases, air pollution and noise, the report says.

 

EU has adopted seven-year environment strategy

29 November, 2013

EU ministers and MEPs have signed into law the 7th Environment Action Programme, setting out the bloc’s long-term policy direction for the environment and climate.

 

Negotiators from the EU’s two law-making bodies yesterday (20 November) brought an end to discussions that have lasted for one year.

 

The programme, ‘Living well within the limits of our planet', aims to push the EU in the direction of so-called ‘green growth’, economic development that places as little burden on the environment as possible.

 

Horizon 2020 research programme approved

22 November, 2013

Horizon 2020, the EU's €70.2 billion framework programme for research and innovation in 2014-2020, was approved by MEPs on Thursday (21/11). Parliament amended it to improve support for small firms, attract more people into science and more scientists to join the programme, and earmark funding for non-fossil energy research.

 

Call for Papers - Global Transitions to Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems

18 November, 2013

The Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption, in collaboration with Fudan University and other partners, will organize the conference "Global Transitions to Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems" in Shanghai, China, June 8-11 2014.

 

Information about the conference

 

Businesses urged to embrace £330bn circular economy savings

12 November, 2013

European businesses could save £330bn by 2020 if they worked together to create a more resource efficient economy, according to a new roadmap launched by the government-backed Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

 

WRAP has today stepped up its campaign to create a "circular economy" in which products are designed more efficiently and waste is turned into a valuable resource that can be re-used.

 

Horizon 2020 work programmes

1 November, 2013

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s flagship R&D programme for 2014 - 2020, under which R&D projects will be supported with more than €70 billion.

 

Detailed draft work programmes, however not yet endorsed by the Commission, can be found here.

Countries should report annually on resource efficiency says World Resources Forum

31 October, 2013

This year’s World Resources Forum (WRF) conference has recommended that countries should report annually on how their economies are developing with respect to resource efficiency. The conference was told there was an urgent need for robust knowledge and universal data transparency and that resource efficiency indicators needed to be defined more clearly to enable meaningful setting of targets and adequate monitoring of global use of resources.