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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. 

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.

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.

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.

 
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.

Eurocities

EUROCITIES is a network of local governments comprising of Europe’s major cities. The network is dedicated to strengthen interest representation of cities at European level and to facilitate networking between city governments. A wide range of working groups, projects, activities and events focus on six thematic fields under the policy priorities of climate, citizens and jobs. 

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. 

Zero carbon factory

Renault’s Tangier plant in Morocco has demonstrated the possibility to reduce energy consumption and reach levels for zero carbon emissions and zero industrial liquid discharges. This was done in cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco and Veolia Environnement, by converting the plant’s energy system into a renewable driven one.

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.

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.

European Environmental Paper Network (EEPN)

The European Environmental Paper Network (EEPN) focuses on raising awareness about environmental issues associated with paper. The Network addresses challenges such as unnecessary paper consumption and reliance on virgin fibre, and solutions including assured social responsibility, clean production and responsible fibre sourcing. EEPN’s work encompasses framework conditions such as the awareness and behaviour of consumers and manufacturing regulations, as well as the use of paper by society as a whole. 

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.

Papernet: Initiative for the Sustainable Use of Paper

The Initiative for the Sustainable Use of Paper aims at raising awareness on the unnecessary use of paper, promoting paper recovery, and increasing the use of recycled paper. The work focuses on existing parameters such as, the level of awareness, the behaviour of consumersmanufacturing regulations, and the use of paper in society. Papernet, the network coordinating this initiative, focuses on the extension and operation of the network of stakeholders who aim to comply with sustainability criteria in the paper industry.

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.