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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. 

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)”. 

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.

Resource innovation Network for European Waste (ReNEW)

The Resource Innovation Network for European Waste (ReNEW) represents a network of organisations whose aim it is to develop, support and deliver innovations for and along the waste supply chain.[1] It successfully promotes the recovery of valuable materials from waste.[2] By combining activities the partners are promoting sustainable practices among a wide range of target groups.

 
ECOGEM – An innovative Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) for electric vehicles aiming at sustainable mobility

ECOGEM is an integrated intelligence and learning functionalities approach towards on-board systems for fully electric vehicles (FEVs). This allows these vehicles reaching their destination via energy efficient itineraries while considering in real-time technical and surrounding features (i.e. battery level, traffic, available charging points, etc.). 

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

In order to further accelerate achieving the United Nations’ Millenium Goals[1], the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) facilitates and supports joint learning, overcoming the compartmentalisation of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world.[2]

 
Sharing information amongst actors in the environmental sector to identify new business and export opportunities

Green Net in Finland is a network of 60 environmental actors including universities, cities, regional organisations and companies. The network member organisations specialise in various cleantech areas such as energy efficiency, environment and ICT. They benefit by sharing expertise and collectively applying for public and private funding for developing innovative cleantech applications.

Green Ship of the Future

Green Ship of the Future is an industry-driven network which aims at minimising the carbon footprint by developing and demonstrating eco-innovations for the maritime industry in Denmark. The focus is on joint projects and studies on near-to-market solutions for energy efficient design and low carbon solutions in ship manufacturing and maritime transport operations. 

SOMABAT: Novel SOlid MAterials for high power Li polymer BATteries for the manufacturing and recycling of automotive batteries.

An environmental friendly and low cost Li polymer battery with high energy density was developed. Synthetic carbon and other materials coming from agricultural wastes were obtained to make up the anode. Novel nanostructured cathode materials based on lithium iron and manganese phosphate allowed maximum energy storage in minimum space. And polymeric materials made up the electrolyte, thereby avoiding safety issues (e.g. issues related to leakages, short circuits, overcharge).

Zero Waste Network

The Zero Waste Network (ZWN) is a group of environmental professionals dedicated to finding money-saving options for conserving natural resources. It works to identify pollution prevention options for large and small businesses as well as consumers by helping companies become more efficient.

Nano-structured TiON Photo-Catalytic Membranes for Water Treatment (NATIOMEM)

The NATIOMEM consortium has developed a new photocatalytic membrane for water and wastewater treatment. The coated membrane, when irradiated by sunlight, is capable of oxidizing micropollutants and inactivating microorganisms. The coated membrane could be integrated into a treatment system, for water treatment without chemical addition.

GNESD: Global network on Energy for Sustainable Development

In order to help achieve the United Nations’ Milleniums Goals[1], the Member Centres of the UNEP[2] facilitated the GNESD[3] with carrying out an analysis and producing policy advice on energy related issues, thereby increasing access to clean and affordable energy.

International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

The mission of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is to promote and develop sustainable and professional waste management worldwide. By promoting the most appropriate technologies and practices available on the market, combining activitiesraising awareness and carrying out tailored training, the Association is promoting the sector of solid waste management. 

European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR)

In order to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in the mineral industries, the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR) aims at modernising and reshaping this fundamental pillar of the European economy.  By providing a frame for combining activities and networking, the platform facilitates support to business in order to meet sustainability criteria more efficiently.