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Rwanda plastic bag ban

In response to the growing problem of plastic pollution, the government of Rwanda introduced a ban on plastic bags in 2008. The law prohibits all manufacturing, use, importing and selling of non-biodegradable bags in the country. Plastic bag manufacturers were encouraged to change their business model to recycling by providing incentives, and a new industry emerged producing environmentally friendly, reusable bags. 

Tax breaks for green investments in Cambodia

To incentivise private investment in sustainable projects, the Royal Government of Cambodia introduced a tax holiday on green investments. Projects that can prove to have zero negative environmental and social impacts are labelled ‘Qualified Investment Projects’ and are investors are exempted from all tax on profit.

Massachusetts Green Bond

The Green Bond of Massachusetts, USA, sought to support clean and drinking water projects, energy efficiency in state buildings and open space and land remediation. Green Bonds are fixed-income securities, designed to raise capital for sustainability projects. They build upon the well-developed Municipal Bonds in the US, which are issued by states, cities and counties to fund investments in public infrastructure and capital intensive projects. In the case of Green Bonds, the proceeds are diverted towards green investments.

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme

Australia has introduced a water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS), in order to promote a sustainable water cycle. Much of Australia faces regular drought conditions, requiring a strategy for saving water. The national scheme introduces a performance standard requiring certain products to be registered and labelled with a water efficiency label, to inform consumers about more water (and cost) efficient products.

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. 

 

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.

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. 

Green Credit guidelines in China

The Chinese government-led Green Credit initiative, is part of the country’s sustainable finance package. Via policies and management measures, the initiative essentially restricts bank loans to projects that are harmful for the environment and increases loans to projects that benefit the environment.

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. 

European Water Partnership (EWP)

The European Water Partnership (EWP) aims at raising awareness on water usage by promoting its Water Vision for Europe.[1] The partnership is promoting the sector by initiating, supporting and enhancing the initiatives and projects of different stakeholders in order to facilitate a general mindset change and to achieve sustainable water resource management.

 

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. 

Act on the Promotion of the Purchase of Environment-friendly Products by the Korean Government

The Act aims to encourage the purchasing of environment-friendly products and services by means of mandating public agencies to responsible purchasing and supporting industry and household-level green consumption.

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.

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.

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. 

The Product Sustainability Forum (PSF)

The Product Sustainability Forum (PSF) is a collaboration of retail institutions and companies based in the United Kingdomproviding support and a platform for these organisations to work together to measure, improve and communicate the environmental performance of the grocery and home improvement products.[1]

 
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.

Optimising industrial production by using data from machines and sensing devices

The KAP approach (Knowledge – Awareness – Prediction). KAP (Knowledge of past performance and Awareness of the present state, enabling the Prediction of future outcomes) aims at providing manufacturing standards in an holistic approach for achieving energy efficiency in industry. To this end, KAP focussed on defining production indicators that included sustainability criteria and energy efficiency.

The Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) for systemic regional development

The Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) are a policy framework by the Mid-West Regional Authority in Ireland, aiming to foster holistic regional development based on sustainability criteria (i.e. environmental, economic and social) criteria. The RPGs include a methodology for evidence-based policy making and consensus on decisions around potentially conflicting issues, such as land use and agriculture, urban infrastructure (water, electricity, etc), transportation routes and so on. 

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