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Green growth triggered by Environmental Science and Technology Parks in Taiwan

To sustain its industrial growth and in line with the environmental trend of the world, Taiwan has been actively constructing and integrating Environmental Science and Technology Parks (ESTPs), expected to trigger the growth of green industry, initiate a recycle-based society and develop a globe-oriented environmental market. 

Trash Per-bag Fee Collection Policy

The annual disposal fee necessary for waste management in Taiwan is roughly 95 million Euro. To decrease these costs and solve the related environmental problem, the Taipei City Government has adopted a "Trash Per-bag Fee Collection Policy" in July 2000, targeting strong waste reduction through the charging of trash collection fees per volume of waste.

SusChem: the European Techno logy Platform for Sustainable Chemistry

SusChem, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry, is a forum that aims at promoting the sector of European chemical and biochemical innovation. Through substitutiondamage reducing techniques or other forms of eco-manufacturing, sustainable chemistry can help meet the  needs of modern society. 

NeRess (network for resource efficiency)

NeRess, the network for resource efficiency in Germany combines the knowledge and experience of its members on resource efficient production, products, and management in an interdisciplinary and practical way. The network is enhancing the cooperation by encouraging information exchange and networking among the stakeholders. 

GreenEvo – Technology Accelerator for green tech “Made in Poland”

GreenEvo - Green Technologies Accelerator is a Polish programme for entrepreneurs, initiated and managed by the Ministry of the Environment. GreenEvo identifies the best Polish environmentally sound technologies and supports their international transfer. The initiative takes the form of a contest whereby participating companies submit innovative green solutions and winners are selected on an annual basis. The programme has successfully supported green-tech exports “Made in Poland”. 

From Start to Start: the Dutch ‘Circle Economy’ Platform

The Netherlands has recently introduced ‘Circle Economy’, an open member platform striving towards a circular economy and providing targeted support to organisations. The non-for-profit platform is also involved in a new cooperative programme initiated by the Dutch Government, opting for a “Realisation of Acceleration towards a Circular Economy (RACE)”. 

Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)

Bio-based industries from various sectors have joined forces as the “Bio-based Industries Consortium” (BIC) to help overcome an innovation “Valley of Death” by bridging the gap from research to the marketplace. As a private sector representative, BIC is a partner in the public-private partnership for Bio-based Industries (BBI)[1] with the EU.

European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals (Euromines)

The European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals (Euromines) represents the European metals and minerals mining industry and aims at promoting it. Its activities goals are  support to the innovation competences of firms and improving regulation and standards in order to meet sustainability criteria economically as well as ecologically. 

Chemical Regions for Resource Efficiency (R4R)

Research-driven clusters from six European regions have joined forces as “Chemical Regions for Resource Efficiency (R4R)” with the goals of improving research, enhancing the cooperation, overcoming fragmentation. They aim to transform these industries into eco-efficient, high-tech solution providers, thus providing support to business and more positively impacting the environment and society.

Marketable sludge derivatives from sustainable processing of wastewater

END-O-SLUDG has provided a holistic approach for sludge treatment and recovery. The project has developed:

Regular supply of biofuel for aircraft

Using biofuels in aviation is now possible. Karlstad Airport has a new refueling station for jet fuel, which will contribute to reducing the environmental impact from aircrafts.

Renovating public housing while increasing energy efficiency and living comfort

The project Brogården has demonstrated a successful way of effectively renovating public housing, increasing both energy efficiency and living comfort. Through the use of a business model that includes sustainability dimensions, and a new way of collaboration (procured partnership) the project was able to create added value for everyone involved.

Stimulating sustainable consumption in public procurement

In order to promote sustainable consumption in public organizations, a method for considerate design in public procurement was developed by the region of Västra Götaland in Sweden. The method supports responsible purchasing by helping public organizations as well as architects and designers to reduce environmental impact when considering changing the business’s work environment.  

VGR procurement policy and Considerate Design adds up to a “Green list” in the region of Västra Götaland

To ensure more responsible purchasing, considering sustainable development, the region of Västra Götaland in Sweden has developed a method for sustainable procurement in public organizations. The method includes a “Green” list that can be used as a tool to help making sustainable choice when buying interior design products.

Grant funding from the city of Stockholm to improve the city’s environmental quality

To stimulate sustainable development, the City of Stockholm allocated one billion to the project “Environmental Billion”, to grant funding to projects within municipal departments and companies, that aimed to improve environmental quality in Stockholm. The project contributed to winning the European Green Capital 2010 award.

WRAP

WRAP is a non-for profit company in Great Britain, providing support and a platform for organisations to work together to measure, improve and communicate on environmental performance, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way.[1]

 

System for improved energy performance and indoor environment in buildings

A quality assurance (QA) system is an important tool for all building owners to use when retrofitting multi-story houses with the aim to improve the indoor environment and energy performance. The QA system enables an organization to retrofit and manage multiple requirements across across the retrofitting process of a large number of dwellings in a systematic and controlled way.

European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) aims to facilitate policies and initiatives that strengthen the development of European and global wind energy markets. The association, which is based in Belgium, is a long-standing partnership of more than 600 members[1] with the aim of efficiently expanding wind power in the long term.

Based on the Austrian sustainable procurement action plan, an open tender procedure was carried out to establish a national framework agreement for dairy products.

Via an open tender procedure Austria’s Federal Procurement Agency (BBG) aimed at supplying approximately 350 kitchens in public organisations via a framework contract. There were eleven bidders in total, five of which were dairies. Finally the contract was awarded to two companies, the value of which is approximately €3.8 million including VAT. 

Energy efficient skyscraper as an element of sustainable urban development

Called the world’s most energy efficient skyscraper at the time of its preparation, the Pearl City Tower has taken the novel approach of producing electricity for its own use from renewable energy sources. Many other characteristics of the building help to lower its energy consumption.

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