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Green agricultural and island communities’ programme for Greece’s remote and island areas

The ‘Green agricultural and island communities – new development model’ programme (“ΡΑΣΙΝΕΣ ΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΝΗΣΙΩΤΙΚΕΣ "ΚΟΙΝΟΤΗΤΕΣ": ΝΕΟ ΠΡΟΤΥΠΟ ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗΣ”) provides support to municipalities. The €50 million programme promotes renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures in Greek remote and island areas with fewer than 1000 inhabitants. The first call for applications was launched end of 2012, the projects are running between 2013-2015.

 

Light-weight construction elements to increase resource efficiency in the construction sector

With the new concept of eco-manufacturing light-weight, insulated concrete panels, SoLEED has introduced a more sustainable construction process and material for the building and construction sector. The product of SoLEED Insulated Concrete Panels (ICP) do not only reduce energy costs, but also produces less waste, creates a better residential environment and has a very long life-cycle.

Innovative noise barriers in urban development; a novel application for solar panels

The Noisun project is an effort to reduce noise from road and rail traffic in the city center of Lerum in Sweden, including demonstrating the use of solar panels as noise barriers. Integrating solar collectors in noise barriers decreases noise levels, whilst providing solar energy for the local district heating network.

NanoPCM: High performance, low cost, nano-insulation foam with improved LCA

A high performance insulating foam has been developed for building applications by the NanoPCM project. The innovation lies in the encapsulation of Phase Change Materials (PCM) within a polymer matrix with addition of nano materials, the encapsulation being carried out via a zero-waste spray-drying process.

Prefabricated self-supported elements that can be used to insulate and renovate single family houses as well as multi-story buildings and decrease energy use to passive house standard.

Cost-efficient, prefabricated wall-and-roof elements can help meet the demand for more energy efficient buildings. These prefabricated elements are produced indoor and then transported to the construction area. With the in-door technique it is possible to manufactures and delivers tailored solutions to the construction industry. This contributes to benefits such as controlled production such as waste control, simplified construction process, better working climate, and in the end energy efficient houses.

European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE)

As part of the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE), leading companies in the sector join forces to work together with various European institutions and policy makers, to help Europe move towards the more efficient use of energy in buildings.[1]

 

 

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In 2010, 10.4 million tonnes of plastic waste were put on landfills in EU member states, but there were only a few damage-reducing techniques available to decrease this quantity. Recycling of plastics is one way of altering the material flow and an important element in municipal solid waste treatment, also applicable to waste from industry, craftsmen or commercial actors. After collecting and sorting the plastic waste, separating and recycling the different types of plastic will typically result in the production of new plastic products.