Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme

Australia has introduced a water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS), in order to promote a sustainable water cycle. Much of Australia faces regular drought conditions, requiring a strategy for saving water. The national scheme introduces a performance standard requiring certain products to be registered and labelled with a water efficiency label, to inform consumers about more water (and cost) efficient products.

The Carbon Farming Initiative

The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) of Australia was a voluntary low carbon scheme that provided financial incentives to farmers and landholders for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Farmers could earn carbon credits through activities such as reducing livestock emissions, increasing efficiency of fertiliser use, enhancing carbon in agricultural soil and storing carbon through revegetation and reforestation. The credits could then be sold to businesses and individuals looking to offset their emissions, providing incentives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The CFI operated from 2011 to 2014, when it was integrated with the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Green Suppliers Network

The Green Suppliers Network aims to minimise carbon footprints by reducing energy consumption, increasing productivity, and driving innovation. Its members, who are large manufacturers from across the value chain, benefit from customised, hands-on assessments of production processes to develop their business in a more sustainable way.

Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA)

The Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) is a group of environmental professionals dedicated to working towards a world without waste through public education and practical application of Zero Waste principles. By disseminating knowledge and providing support to its members ZWIA is promoting the implementation of Zero Waste Principles in various aspects.

The Product Sustainability Forum (PSF)

The Product Sustainability Forum (PSF) is a collaboration of retail institutions and companies based in the United Kingdomproviding support and a platform for these organisations to work together to measure, improve and communicate the environmental performance of the grocery and home improvement products.[1]

Petra Waste Benchmarking –how much waste does my organisation produce?

The Petra Waste Management Benchmarking is a free service run by the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY). It provides support to business and public organisations by means of the Petra online tool, allowing them to track and compare their waste management performance. Comparison with other similar organisations lets them know whether they are producing more than average amounts of waste and allows them to find ways of reducing it. The Petra service also includes a waste-related CO2-emissions calculator.

Flexible loan bike system for urban citizens without stations

OPENbike is a concept for managing a renting bike system. It uses a software tool to handle an IT-system coupled with the bikes, making it easier to find them in the city. The concept was the winner of a design competition in Copenhagen (Denmark), arranged in order to develop a smarter way for people to travel around the city.

European Green Cities Network (EGCN)

The European Green Cities Network (EGCN) is a forum for dissemination of sustainable urban housing initiatives. It is comprised of a network of cities, organisations and companies focusing on contributing to sustainable development in Europe [1].By providing support to one another and being active in new projects, participants of the EGCN work to promote the right conditions to create sustainable cities in Europe.

Green Industry Platform

The Green Industry Platform is a world-wide, high-level, multi-stakeholder partnership gathering leaders from all sectors of the society around the promotion of green industry. 


The Building Energy Watcher, BEYWATCH project, developed a multidisciplinary solution to improve the overall energy efficiency of the electric value chain from the utility company to the households. The solution implies reducing energy consumption at home, managing energy demand, balancing demand and production, diversifying local energy sources, and providing economic incentives to the main actors.


Establishing incentives and disincentives constitute a conventional way for achieving policy objectives. Thus, their use has been demonstrated to be highly effective for managing environmental issues, such as climate change or air quality. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of conventional Economic Policy Instruments (EPI)-water tariffs, environmental taxes, etc.- for a sustainable water cycle achievement is somehow questionable. 


The INSURE project has combined a methodological approach for carrying out a sustainable indicator system with the development of a System Dynamics application to support the sustainability monitoring and benchmarking at a regional scale.


Product and Process Design for Ambient Intelligent Supported Energy Efficient Manufacturing Installations, DEMI project, aims at eco-designing energy efficient manufacturing processes through the development of a generic methodology and
software tools.


According to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the European Union (EU) committed itself “to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level”. In this context, the Minimisation of and Adaptation to Climate Impacts on biodiverSity project (MACIS) aimed to provide a data analysing approach which linked climate change monitoring and biodiversity monitoring at the European level. This project was funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP 6), a grant funding programme.