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The ASEM Inclusive Eco-Innovation Programme in Cambodia

To accelerate rural electrification in Cambodia, the ASEM Inclusive Eco-Innovation Programme is providing tailored training in solar power technologies to foster the creation of eco-innovate SMEs. By also promoting market intelligence amongst producers, and raising consumer awareness of these solutions, the programme aims to create a sustainable solar market from nothing, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to local communities.

Greater Manchester Low Carbon Investment Pipeline

In order to deliver better Low Carbon investments in Manchester, a pipeline fund was created, allowing the City to channel investment towards projects with high potential and strategic value. The City gained technical expertise and guidance by establishing a partnership with the UK Green Investment Bank. Together they were able to optimise the use of resources, ensure financing for small projects and avoid duplication of effort in the region. 

Oak Park Crops Research Centre: promoting bioenergy crops in Ireland

In order to promote investment in bioenergy crops, Ireland established a dedicated unit at the Oak Farm research centre. Oak Farm raises awareness of bioenergy crops by researching which crops are suitable for regional conditions, and efficient technologies to increase yields. By directly informing farmers of the economic potential of bioenergy crops, Oak Farm has contributed to the growth of the sector in Ireland.

Streamlining Small Hydro Power Applications and Planning in England and Wales

The Environment Agency of England and Wales introduced a new streamlined process to speed up the complex planning process for small hydropower plants. Through online sharing of relevant data, and providing support and advice to developers, the agency granted licenses for 65 new schemes in 2010, compared to only 10 in 2008. 

GreenEvo – Technology Accelerator for green tech “Made in Poland”

GreenEvo - Green Technologies Accelerator is a Polish programme for entrepreneurs, initiated and managed by the Ministry of the Environment. GreenEvo identifies the best Polish environmentally sound technologies and supports their international transfer. The initiative takes the form of a contest whereby participating companies submit innovative green solutions and winners are selected on an annual basis. The programme has successfully supported green-tech exports “Made in Poland”. 

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.

Sustainable planning of procurement with Finnish RAKLI procurement clinic

RAKLI, the Finnish Association of Building Owners and Construction Clients, has set up a procurement clinic which uses open, interactive workshops to facilitate market dialogue between potential service providers, consultants, contractors and investors to accelerate responsible purchasing.

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.