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Working for Water South Africa

The Government of South Africa provided grant funding for the removal of invasive plant species that were negatively impacting the environment and water supply. A nationwide public works programme helped clear one million hectares of land, contributing to a more sustainable water cycle and increased protection of biodiversity. The measure also contributed to economic and social development.

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.

'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.

Innovation in public procurements -funding scheme of Tekes in Finland

In Finland, the public sector annually spends approximately €27 million on public procurement. By utilising innovation, the public sector can produce cheaper and better services for its citizens.

Aided by fresh solutions, the public sector can satisfy the demands of future generations. In order to support procurement of innovation, Tekes is providing incentives for preparing an innovative procurement.

UK’s action research for improved product refurbishments

Rebus (Re-engineering Business for Sustainability) is a transdisciplinary research project with grant funding from Defra. It tests and pilots a scheme in which baby and nursery equipment can be rented or leased and is professionally refurbished after heavy use.

International Climate Initiative - Strengthening transparency, accountability, anticorruption and public oversight in climate finance governance

Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing, newly industrialised and transitioning countries. 

Fewer natural resources, more added value - Finnish Industrial Symbiosis System FISS

The formation of industrial symbiosis is boosted by new programme. The model developed by Finnish innovation fund Sitra and Motiva brings together the producers and users of residual resources.

The Finnish Government’s strategic programme to accelerate growth in cleantech business

The challenge is the change in the global economy and the decline of traditional industries. In 2012 the Finnish government set a strategic programme, to accelerate the growth in Finnish cleantech business, which has been seen as one tool to enhance business growth in the country.

Eminent effect of the Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Fund in Taiwan

Since 1981, Taiwan has continually encountered problems of soil and groundwater pollution generated by improper disposal of industrial wastewater, wastes, and air. To address this issue, the Environmental Protection Administration, Taiwan embarked on establishing relevant regulations: The "Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Act" was officially announced by the President in 2000.

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

Eqosphere – a collaborative web platform battling against (food) waste

Eqosphere is a collaborative web platform in the French Ile-de-France region that aims to revalorise surplus products (e.g. food) and waste produced by supermarkets, factories, restaurants, public services and others, by creating links with stakeholders who then help use, reuse, redistribute or recycle products via charitable associations or the waste management industry. 

Providing support to companies in remanufacturing decision making

Setting up product manufacturing standards and procurement specifications orientated towards remanufacturing can turn waste reduction opportunities into profitable ventures. The Centre on Remanufacturing & Reuse (CRR) in the United Kingdom advises industry how to start new service-models (e.g., corporate venturing with remanufacturing organisations).

Stimulating sustainable consumption in public procurement

In order to promote sustainable consumption in public organizations, a method for considerate design in public procurement was developed by the region of Västra Götaland in Sweden. The method supports responsible purchasing by helping public organizations as well as architects and designers to reduce environmental impact when considering changing the business’s work environment.  

VGR procurement policy and Considerate Design adds up to a “Green list” in the region of Västra Götaland

To ensure more responsible purchasing, considering sustainable development, the region of Västra Götaland in Sweden has developed a method for sustainable procurement in public organizations. The method includes a “Green” list that can be used as a tool to help making sustainable choice when buying interior design products.

The Swedish Tool for Ecologically Sustainable Procurement provides support to public organizations

The Swedish Environmental Management Council has developed a tool for ecologically sustainable procurement to help public and private organizations make procurement processes more environmentally friendly, supporting responsible purchasing. The EKU-tool provides environmental criteria for different product groups, making it easier to define environmental requirements.

Online information sharing platform for sharing land, skills and tools to grow food.

www.landshare.net is an online networking tool for citizens interested in land sharingskills sharing and resource sharing to grow food. The platform aims at promoting information sharing of resources and the skills needed to produce food in schools, businesses, hospitals and churches in the United KingdomAustralia and Canada.

FATTY – Used cooking oil collection and utilisation in Styria

The issue of disposing of used cooking oils in a sustainable way has been solved in Styria, Austria through the use of an innovative collection system and the use of the oils as a raw material for biofuel production. 

The ECOPROFIT® programme supporting sustainable economic development

ECOPROFIT® ("ECOlogical PROject For Integrated Environmental Technology) is a programme for promoting sustainable practices and economic development created by the Environment Department of the City of Graz, Austria, in 1991. The goal of the programme is to motivate enterprises and municipalities alike to incorporate cleaner production practices and policies into their everyday business.

Flexible loan bike system for urban citizens without stations

OPENbike is a concept for managing a renting bike system. It uses a software tool to handle an IT-system coupled with the bikes, making it easier to find them in the city. The concept was the winner of a design competition in Copenhagen (Denmark), arranged in order to develop a smarter way for people to travel around the city.

NUVVE- Cars as battery for the grid

Linking electric vehicles to the grid is a new way of reducing emissions and at the same time generating revenue for Electric Vehicle (EV) owners. By connecting electric vehicles to a grid operator, excess energy can be sold to the grid, making a profit for the owner and a more sustainable transport.

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