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Newsletter December 2014

December 2014
GreenXpo event "Greater interface efficiency in chemical value chains - challenges and potential" is now underway

The ‘‘Greater interface efficiency in chemical value chains – challenges and potential’’ dialogue event will be organised in the context of the greenXpo project in the 2nd half of February 2015 in Chester, UK. It will bring together chemical industry representatives, innovative SMEs, innovation and environmental consultancies, policy makers, public bodies, and other experts, to discuss the potential for value chain eco-innovation.

The event will have three interlinked objectives:

  • To create awareness for innovation potential along supply chains to cut costs and increase resource efficiency;
  • To discuss a number of high-impact supply-chain-level eco-innovations;
  • To validate the success factors for implementing supply-chain-level eco-innovations.
Innovation is a crucial element for allowing industries to anticipate and respond to new challenges and comply with the EU environmental regulations effectively. It can be introduced at three levels: innovative manufacturing and processes at single company level; eco-efficient product design; and integrated optimisation across the various interfaces (e.g. between companies) of the complex value chains.

Although eco-innovation is most often addressed at the company or single actor level, introducing eco-innovation along the entire supply chain has much higher savings potential. Hence, the concept of the greater interface efficiency in industrial value chains will be the focal point of discussions. The event will present industry concerns, showcase examples of industrial leadership and supply chain cooperation along the entire supply chain, and help to formulate messages for policy-makers on how to support value chain eco-innovation at regional, national and EU levels.

To learn more about the event, please contact Ms. Karolina Krzastek at

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy 2015!


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 603696

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 641974 7th FWP