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Removing fossil fuel subsidies in Morocco

Over a period of three years, Morocco successfully phased out fossil fuel subsidies, thereby promoting sustainable practices such as energy efficiency and renewable energy production. The Government secured cooperation from citizens by informing them and raising consumer awareness before the subsidies were removed. The change has led to more sustainable consumption of energy, and has significantly reduced the cost to the Government.

Green Food from Green Roofs in Cairo, Egypt

The challenge of securing food for a rapidly growing and urbanised population puts a strain on water resources, land use & agriculture. The Green Food from Green Roofs programme aimed to stimulate urban agriculture in Cairo (Egypt), the largest city in the Mediterranean region, by showing the potential for rooftop gardening. Through pilot projects, and by raising consumer awareness and providing support (advise/consultancy) to locals, the project showed how fresh and healthy food can be grown very efficiently in urban areas, saving water, energy and land.

Urban NEXUS approach in schools in Tanzania

By setting up synergies between water, energy and food policies, actions were taken to optimise resource use in schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Implementing an Urban NEXUS approach, actors from ICLEI and GIZ brought together a wide range of local stakeholders to achieve consensus on the actions to be taken. The results show the importance of recognising the linkages between water, energy and food, and the benefits that can be achieved through collaboration in these areas.

Live Green Toronto

The Live Green Toronto initiative helps neighbourhoods and citizens reduce their climate change impacts at the local level by promoting sustainable practices. As well as providing support (advise/consultancy) and informing about available grants, it organises engagement events aimed at raising consumer awareness. Citizens can also benefit from a scheme offering discounts on green products and services in the city, promoting sustainable consumption.

Eco Óleo programme: Recycling waste cooking oil

In Brazil, setting up a public-private partnership has solved the problem of pollution deriving from the improper disposal of cooking oil, instead finding a way for it to be collected and recycled. By raising awareness and creating an infrastructure for oil collection, the Eco-Oil programme has transformed the habits of local businesses and society and contributed to waste reduction, with over 20,000 litres of cooking oil collected each month and sold to a local biodiesel power plant. 

Returpack ‘Reverse Vending Machine’ incentivises aluminium and plastic recycling

To simplify and incentivise aluminium and plastics recycling in Hungary, recycling company Returpack devised a ‘Reverse Vending Machine’. The standalone machine, which is placed in public places, offers incentive vouchers to citizens in return for their cans and bottles. 

The Repair Café Foundation: Inspiring repair and re-use in communities to reduce waste

The first Repair Café, set up in 2009, aimed at promoting sustainable practices by raising awareness about reuse and repair. It provided a free space for citizens to try and fix their broken products, with the help from expert volunteers. This waste reduction initiative has since been replicated all over the world, resulting in a global network of Repair Cafés. 

'EnSURE' Handbook of Energy Efficient Urban Development

To help cities develop their own Sustainable Energy Action Plans, the EnSURE project compiled a ‘Manual of Energy Efficient Urban Development’. Combining the knowledge of project partners from across Central Europe, the manual forms a practical roadmap for policy makers integrating technological, financial and stakeholder engagement measures.

Sittard-Geleen Biomass Boiler Public-Private Partnership

By setting up a public-private partnership with a local entrepreneur, the Municipality of Sittard-Geleen (Netherlands) was able to install a Biomass Boiler plant, which provides renewable heating and electricity to over 1000 homes. As well as being a cost effective way of contributing to the region’s sustainable aspirations, the partnership unlocked a number of synergies and efficiencies.

Oak Park Crops Research Centre: promoting bioenergy crops in Ireland

In order to promote investment in bioenergy crops, Ireland established a dedicated unit at the Oak Farm research centre. Oak Farm raises awareness of bioenergy crops by researching which crops are suitable for regional conditions, and efficient technologies to increase yields. By directly informing farmers of the economic potential of bioenergy crops, Oak Farm has contributed to the growth of the sector in Ireland.

Streamlining Small Hydro Power Applications and Planning in England and Wales

The Environment Agency of England and Wales introduced a new streamlined process to speed up the complex planning process for small hydropower plants. Through online sharing of relevant data, and providing support and advice to developers, the agency granted licenses for 65 new schemes in 2010, compared to only 10 in 2008. 

Eco-innovation achieved through advanced policy and procurement mechanisms

The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, ‘Rijkswaterstaat’ (RWS), designed a life-cycle analysis (LCA) software tool which would assist them to carry out a LCA of building and renovation solutions. The tool enables designers to calculate the environmental costs of various designs and arrive at an optimal sustainable solution.

How an ancient and cultural capital builds a low carbon city

The Government of Taiwan launched a “low carbon cities” policy in response to the global warming. To facilitate the national sustainable development and the United Nation's goal of carbon emission reduction by 2050, Tainan, as the cultural capital, set up an ambitious plan toward a low carbon city.

Eco-point incentive program In Japan

So as to encourage individuals to promote sustainable practices and environmentally conscious actions, an eco-point program implemented in Japan granted points to citizens taking environment-friendly actions. The campaign boosted the replacement demand in electronics stores, as consumers flock to accumulate Eco-points on purchases of eco-friendly home appliances.

GreenEcoNet, Connecting SMEs for a green economy

GreenEcoNet is promoting sustainable practices by connecting SMEs and the research community, thus facilitating faster transition to a green economy. Raising awareness, disseminating results as well as the uptake of green business practices across Europe are its main foci; its platform is the instrument for it. 

Greening the UK’s clothing sector: the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP)

SCAP is a voluntary initiative managed by WRAP. Aiming to improve the sustainability of clothing across its lifecycle, it brings together industry, government and the service sector to reduce resource use by developing sector-wide targets. Leading clothing sector companies in the UK have pledged to measure and reduce their environmental footprints by signing up to the ‘SCAP 2020 Commitment’

 

Rainwater and greywater reuse systems in the Barcelona

Alternative water resources are gaining momentum in Catalonia (Spain) in an effort to promote water conservation and build resilience against droughts. Since 2002 more than 50 municipalities have approved a water saving ordinance that involves the installation of rainwater harvesting and/or greywater reuse systems in new buildings. Agenda 21 processes played a significant role in together with local governments.

South Korea’s food waste reduction policies

The South Korean government has established a comprehensive and successful policy mix aiming at food waste treatment and recovery. The objective is to change the food culture by reducing waste and recycling.

ECO-INNOVERA

ECO-INNOVERA is a European network of 25 partners addressing a wide range of eco-innovation topics from research to dissemination. Applying the concept of systemic eco-innovation, ECO-INNOVERA focuses on promoting sustainable practices in order to boost the implementation of eco-innovation in Europe.

White Lobster: Green Product Award

The White Lobster agency, has launched a Green Product Award which aims to achieve comprehensive knowledge transfer by supporting eco design and manufacturing in a very broad sense. High quality, innovative and sustainably designed products awarded the Green Product status benefit from a strong marketing impetus. 

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