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SEPARATE: Quality products from waste through efficient waste separation

The SEPARATE Waste System integrates innovative technologies that enable the highly efficient separation of waste, overcoming a significant barrier to increasing bio-waste recycling. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), separately collected bio-waste and mono-streams can all be efficiently separated into a non-organic rest fraction and a very clean organic fraction, from which a number of high-quality products can be obtained.

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. 

'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.

The FINO3 Offshore Wind Research Platform

The FINO3 research platform in Germany was developed in order to increase knowledge about offshore wind construction in the North Sea. As a result of Regional, National and EU public grant partial funding for R&D, companies are now better informed about the technical requirements for offshore installations, which has stimulated investment in the region. 

CombinES: Maximising public finance impact in energy efficiency projects

The CombinES project developed a financing mechanism which utilises both public and private funding sources to increase the impact of funding for energy efficiency measures in buildings. By integrating both thermal envelope and technological measures into a comprehensive renovation plan, the model can also maximise the potential energy savings in a given project. 

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-INNOVERA

ECO-INNOVERA is a European network of 25 partners addressing a wide range of eco-innovation topics from research to dissemination. Applying the concept of systemic eco-innovation, ECO-INNOVERA focuses on promoting sustainable practices in order to boost the implementation of eco-innovation in Europe.

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. 

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. 

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. 

PIUS®-Check – integrating resource efficiency into SME’s production processes

The PIUS®–Check is a process-oriented material flow analysis developed by the Efficiency Agency (EFA) North Rhine-Westphalia. It deals with resource and energy efficiency in industry and serves to determine and improve the ecological and economic potential of manufacturing SMEs. An EFA team of engineers conducts the initial audit, identifies material and resource efficiency potentials in companies and make suggestions for changes.

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.

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. 

ENERGIESPARNETZWERK ESN GmbH (Energy Saving Network)

The Energy Saving Network in Germany was initiated by main industry partners to offer private home owners a one stop shop to receive comprehensive information and support regarding the refurbishment of residential buildings to improve their energy efficiency.[1] It improves the energy efficiency in buildings significantly.[2]

 
Product/process innovation to reduce negative and enhance positive environmental, social and economic impacts

The German company Henkel has developed a Sustainable Consumption Index that supports the identification of opportunities to reduce the environmental footprint of products/processes and to add value to the life cycle of all of its new products.

Contracting private Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) to undertake feasibility analyses and implement the necessary technologies to provide guaranteed energy savings for clients.

As an Energy Saving Partner of the Berlin Senate’s Administration for Urban Development and Environment (Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt), Energieagentur Berlin is responsible for providing guaranteed energy savings for a pool of buildings that the Senate governs (e.g., hospitals, day-care centres etc.). The Energieagentur Berlin receives a share of the saved energy, which it can use to refinance investments in energy saving technologies and measures it undertakes as part of the project.

Landfill taxes – Dedicated green taxes to reduce waste sent to landfill

Landfill taxes are already widely spread fiscal measures across Europe. They help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and mitigate harmful environmental effects. Additionally, landfill taxes provide incentives to use more sustainable solutions of waste management, such as waste reduction and prevention, recovery or recycling. The instrument can bring about large tax revenues and lead to a significant decrease in the number of landfill sites a country has – for instance in the UK by two thirds in eight years.

ÖKOPROFIT® - Local public-private-partnerships to boost clean-tech in firms

ÖKOPROFIT® is a cooperative model between local or regional authorities and companies, mostly based in Austria and Germany. It boosts profitability of firms, encouraging them to implement environmental management systems and clean technologies. This investment in eco-efficient technologies reduces firms’ future costs. The “ÖKOPROFIT®-Betrieb” label is awarded to businesses that have undergone training and successfully introduced new practices and technologies. 

Reduced use of fossil fuels in the shipping industry by the introduction of sky sails

A new kind of eco-design for a power system using wind power enables the shipping industry to save energy by reducing the use of fossil fuel. Using flying kites connected to an electric power generator can produce cheaper and vastly more energy than conventional power plants.

Renovate buildings in order to improve energy efficiency

TES EnergyFacade is an international research project which has developed a method for renovating and modernizing buildings, improving the energy efficiency in buildings envelope, by using wood-framed prefabricated facade elements.

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