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The 4BIOMASS Transnational Action Plan for Bioenergy in Central Europe

Seven energy agencies collaborated in order to advise policy-makers on how an integrated and transnationally co-ordinated bioenergy policy should be designed. Through research, knowledge exchange and stakeholder consultations the 4BIOMASS project produced the ‘Transnational Action Plan for Central Europe’, which quickly inspired regulatory changes in participating countries. 

 

Promoting Community Wind Farming in Wales

Wales (United Kingdom) is implementing policies to promote the development of community owned wind farms. By involving residents in the planning process, and allowing them to share the benefits of local, renewable energy production, community projects can overcome much of the traditional resistance to wind energy. Supportive policies and initiatives are important to encourage such community led developments. 

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. 

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. 

Nordic Innovation Accelerator

An open innovation platform for solving environmental challenges and enhancing the cooperation between large corporations and SMEs

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.

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.

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. 

Greenovate! Europe (G!E)

Greenovate! Europe is a European expert group dedicated to the development of sustainable businesses. Its members are experienced professionals who facilitate and communicate innovation processes for environmental technologies along the entire innovation value chain. G!E provides innovation support services at European level to EU projects, research laboratories, technology developers, companies willing to acquire new technologies, and investors.

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.

Supporting SMEs in developing their eco-innovation capacities

ResilieNtWEB developed a sustainable eco-innovation toolkit for SMEs to develop their capacities in setting up a sustainable strategy for resilient growth. The tools help the SMEs to scan and identify issues which require action, find commercial opportunities at the local and/or international level and draw up a programme of innovative actions to bring them to fruition in a sustainable way

INNEON (Eco-innovation for Investment Network)

INNEON is a network for eco-innovation investment. It aims to foster  public and private funding   for eco-innovation and social business in Europe by linking up innovative entrepreneurs and relevant investors. The network is providing consultancy and coaching for selected entrepreneurs, an online matchmaking platform for innovators and investors, networking events and more. 

Reduce the energy consumption in Supermarket refrigeration systems

As the share of chilled foods on the European market increases, the Swedish company ENRAD has developed a new technique to reduce the energy consumption from supermarket refrigeration. The new system offers an opportunity for supermarkets to reduce their climate impact while lowering costs.

European Industrial Symbiosis Association (EUR-ISA)

The objective of the European Industrial Symbiosis Association (EUR-ISA) is to connect the various industrial symbiosis networks established in different European Member States. It uses a knowledge sharing platform for sharing resources, data, best practice, innovative ideas and expertise. This helps to enable a more rapid, wide scale implementation of industrial symbiosis across Europe, based on the proven models of EUR-ISA members.[1]

 
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. 

Green Pre-commercial public procurement at the Stockholm County Council
By acting as technologically demanding first buyers, public procurers can drive eco-innovation from the demand side. In addition to improving the quality and sustainability of public services, this can help creating market opportunities for companies and their innovative and sustainable products and services. The Stockholm County Council actively uses Pre-commercial Public Procurement (PCP) to improve its public transportation and other services while reducing environmental impact.
INNOV’R – boosting eco-innovation in the French Rhône-Alpes region

INNOV’R is an ongoing call for projects that awards grant funding to businesses of the French Rhône-Alpes region seeking to implement eco-innovation projects. Since the support to business was launched in 2008 over 237 projects have benefited from public grant partial funding for R&D with in total 14m Euro in the form of grants and repayable advance public funding for R&D and demonstration.

One company’s waste is another’s raw material: National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP)

The UK’s National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) is a business opportunity programme aiming at enhancing the cooperation and building mutually profitable links between traditionally separate companies from all industrial sectors and of all sizes. Its ultimate goal is that previously unused or discarded resources in energy, water and/or materials from one company can be recovered, reprocessed and re-used by other companies.

 

German Wind Energy Association - BWE

The German Wind Energy Association provides a framework to support renewable energy solutions, including wind power, by supporting the innovation capacities of firmsnetworking and making steps towards improving regulations and standards. Based in Germany, it is a partnership of more than 20,000 members[1] who aim to efficiently expand the use of wind power long term.

Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA)

The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) seeks to move the clean tech market by investigating, screening, and advising excellent clean tech companies worldwide.  GCCA acts as an open platform inviting all global clean tech players to participate, providing support including access to global capital, networks, technologies, and markets to accelerate a sustainable global economy.[1]

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