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Hawai‘i Green Growth partnership

The Government of Hawai’i looked to spur green growth on the islands by setting up a public-private partnership. Green Growth Hawai’i brings together government, civil society, business and academia to define a common vision and provide a platform for collaboration. The partnership helped to define the highly ambitious Hawai’i Sustainability Goals, and by designing an indicator is able to keep track of progress towards the targets. Green Growth Hawai’i has also been successful in setting up synergies in the business community, promoting networking among diverse stakeholders and raising consumer awareness about green growth and sustainable development.

Green Economy Scoping Study Barbados

The Government of Barbados entered a partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to undertake a Green Economy Scoping Study (GESS). The study provided recommendations for transitioning to a green economy in five priority sectors including sustainable tourism and land use and agriculture. By entering the partnership the national government have helped define their development pathway, promoting sustainable practices and raising consumer awareness about the benefits of green economy.

Guyana Low Carbon Development Strategy

As part of its Low Carbon Development Strategy, Guyana entered a partnership with Norway, who are providing finance in exchange for Guyana protecting her indigenous rainforest. By providing support to networks and partnerships, Norway is helping to preserve areas of rainforest which are important carbon sinks and provide a range of beneficial ecosystem services, while aiding the protection of biodiversity. This method is providing incentives for Guyana to preserve their natural rainforests, setting up sustainability criteria which could be replicated by other countries.

Desert solar farms in Morocco

The Government of Morocco initiated the development of a giant solar power plant, by setting up a public-private partnership with independent power producers. By supporting technology adopters the partnership enabled the procurement of eco-innovation in the shape of pioneering concentrated solar power (CSP) technology. The Noor plant has a capacity of 580 MW and will go a long way to helping Morocco achieve its goal of 42% renewable energy penetration by 2020.

Waste water management in TSMC, Taiwan

Making good use of water resource is of paramount importance for any industry. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world leading wafer foundry, began to work on waste water recycling in 1995, and has developed a brand new waste water recycling system.  The rate of recycled waste water can now reach nearly 90%, which is an unmatched level. 

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. 

Nordic Innovation Accelerator

An open innovation platform for solving environmental challenges and enhancing the cooperation between large corporations and SMEs

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.

 

White Lobster: Green Product Award

The White Lobster agency, has launched a Green Product Award which aims to achieve comprehensive knowledge transfer by supporting eco design and manufacturing in a very broad sense. High quality, innovative and sustainably designed products awarded the Green Product status benefit from a strong marketing impetus. 

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. 

The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities

The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities aiming at sustainable construction and supports as well the augmentation of green public procurement.

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. 

Corporate Venture Programme

Three Finnish enterprise groups are lending their expertise and skills to SMEs. They have enormous amounts of strategic know-how and market knowledge, a sharp nose for business, and the motivation to help small businesses to grow.

Tenerrdis, a flagship new energy technologies cluster in the Rhône-Alpes region

Tenerrdis is a competitiveness and innovation cluster located in the French Rhône-Alpes region. It specialises in new energy systems, with 150 members from industry (55% SMEs), research and higher education sectors. Its goal is to help maintain and improve their position in the global market for clean energy. 

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.

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.

German RETech Partnership (GRP) – a network of experts in the waste and recycling sector

The RETech Partnership is an independent network of mainly German companies and institutions in the waste management and recycling sector. The objective of the Partnership is to set up a portal for export-oriented recycling and waste companies. Its aims at promoting the sector of clean-tech, fostering worldwide technology transfer, providing access to German expertise and creating new market opportunities for German firms. 

Lightweight cars reduce climate impact from traffic

The SÅNÄTT project aimed at establishing novel collaborations when designing new ways of manufacturing cars with reduced vehicle weight and carbon footprint. Cooperation between stakeholders in the automobile industry and academia contributed to new knowledge and methods for product development.

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.

Increased recycling and reuse of advertisement material

AdVinylize is an innovative upcycling business that repurposes vinyl used in advertising into various useful products such as shoulder bags, wallets and shopping totes etc. and thus reduces landfilling of vinyl used in the advertisement industry

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