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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 seeks "Capital of Innovation"

4 September, 2013

The European Commission has today started the search for the first European Capital of Innovation, or iCapital. The prize will reward the city which is building the best “innovation ecosystem”, connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business. Given that 68% of the EU population now lives in urban areas, it is these areas that will contribute the most to making Europe more innovative.

Designing for a sustainable future

4 September, 2013

Flemmich Webb asks if emotionally durable design can create a deeper, more sustainable bond between people and products.

 

Investor insights into non-financial reporting

23 August, 2013

​Investors are calling for clearer, more comparable and more integrated non-financial reporting and greater accountability from company boards, according to a new survey.

 

The study, by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif), asked investors to evaluate the non-financial reporting practices of European companies.

 

Green Industry Conference 2013

21 August, 2013

With motto "Promoting the rapid uptake of green industry in harmony with the Earth’s ecosystems", the third Green Industry Conference (GIC) will be held in Guangzhou, China, from 7 to 9 November 2013.

 

The three-day event will be organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

 

Promoting green industry: UNIDO renews partnership with Japanese eco-town

29 July, 2013

Kitakyushu - a Japanese town that serves as an example of city paying strong attention to environmental issues in its development

 

Towards a green economy in Europe

26 July, 2013

European Environment Agency has published the report "Towards a green economy in Europe" that provides comprehensive overview of European Union environment policy targets and objectives.

 

EU legislation has established more than 130 separate environmental targets and objectives to be met between 2010 and 2050. Together, these can provide useful milestones supporting Europe’s transition towards a ‘green economy’.

 

European Resource Efficiency Platform pushes for "product passports"

25 July, 2013

The European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), a high-level group set up to guide European policymakers, has published an interim set of recommendations. Among them is a proposals for “product passports” – a set of information about the components and materials that a product contains, and how they can be disassembled and recycled at the end of the product's useful life.

 

Call for Tender - Technical support to the revision of Ecolabel and GPP criteria

24 July, 2013

A new call for tender has been published that is intended to provide the Commission with services that support the revision of Ecolabel and Green Public Procurement criteria of 5 product groups:

 

- Lot 1: Cleaning services

- Lot 2: Wooden floor coverings

- Lot 3: Tourist accommodation and camp sites

- Lot 4: Dishwasher detergents and industrial and institutional automatic dishwasher detergents

- Lot 5: Laundry detergents and industrial and institutional laundry

 

Tender deadline: 14/08/2013.

 

80 % of Europeans are concerned about the environmental impact of products

23 July, 2013

According to a new survey, most Europeans would be prepared to change their purchasing habits and buy more environmentally-friendly products, but many feel they lack information and distrust manufacturers' environmental claims. The survey on the "Attitudes of Europeans towards building the single market for green products" indicates that more than three-quarters of respondents are willing to pay more for environmentally-friendly products if they were confident that the products are truly environmentally-friendly (77%).

World Bank Calls for Europe and Central Asia to move from ‘Brown’ to ‘Green’ Growth

26 June, 2013

The economic costs and social impacts of climate change threaten the prosperity of the Europe and Central Asia region.  But well-designed climate action can bring numerous benefits, while also being cost-effective. A set of three World Bank reports launched today in Brussels with the European Commission focus on the ‘here and now’ of policies to fight climate change.