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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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Climate and energy targets – EU largely on track but mixed picture across Member States

17 October, 2013

European Union Member States are showing mixed progress towards three climate and energy targets for 2020, even though the EU as a whole could reduce greenhouse gases emissions by 21% in 2020 with the set of national measures already adopted. These findings come from new European Environment Agency (EEA) assessments.

 

World Energy Outlook Special Report 2013: Redrawing the Energy Climate Map

1 October, 2013

Governments have decided collectively that the world needs to limit the average global temperature increase to no more than 2°C and international negotiations are engaged to that end. Yet any resulting agreement will not emerge before 2015 and new legal obligations will not begin before 2020. Meanwhile, despite many countries taking new actions, the world is drifting further and further from the track it needs to follow.

 

Strategic Implementation Plan for the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials launched

1 October, 2013

Raw materials are the lifeblood of EU industry. At least 30 million jobs in the EU depend upon access to them. But we face increasing demand for unprocessed minerals and metals and, in parallel, strong challenges to the supply of certain raw materials, including price volatility and market distortions.

IPCC report provides new evidence of climate change

30 September, 2013

As scientists have increased their understanding of the climate system, they have been able to state with increasing certainty that the Earth’s climate has changed beyond historic variability, and that humans are the main cause. This is demonstrated in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

 

UNIDO Director General and industry leaders advocate for green industry

25 September, 2013

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), hosted a panel discussion promoting green industry on the fringes of last week’s 2013 United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit.

 

What we can learn from the world’s greenest buildings

24 September, 2013

Renowned green building author, Jerry Yudelson, offers five valuable lessons for designers, contractors, and building owners, based on a study of 55 high-performance projects from around the world.

 

How to make a city great

19 September, 2013

The global management consultancy, McKinsey & Company, has published a new report on the factors that make a city a superior place to live and work. The report, ‘How to make a city great’, evaluates a number of indicators to establish some key steps that leaders can take to make their cities economically, socially and environmentally world class.

 

Commission launched new innovation indicator

19 September, 2013

Sweden, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg are the EU Member States getting the most out of innovation, according to a new indicator proposed by the European Commission. The "Indicator of Innovation Output" measures the extent to which ideas from innovative sectors are able to reach the market, providing better jobs and making Europe more competitive. The indicator was developed at the request of EU leaders to benchmark national innovation policies, and shows that significant differences remain between EU countries.

Four out of five chinese cities fail to achieve resource efficient, sustainable growth

16 September, 2013

Eighty percent of Chinese cities are failing to achieve a balance between economic growth, resource efficiency and sustainable development, according to a study by Accenture and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The joint research, covering 73 cities, also shows that China’s mid-sized cities are in the best position to achieve that balance in the future.

The True Raw Material Footprint of Nations

10 September, 2013

The amount of raw materials needed to sustain the economies of developed countries is significantly greater than presently used indicators suggest, a new Australian study has revealed.

 

Using a new modelling tool and more comprehensive indicators, researchers were able to map the flow of raw materials across the world economy with unprecedented accuracy to determine the true "material footprint" of 186 countries over a two-decade period (from 1990 to 2008).