Eco-innovation

189 projects funded by the European Commission between 2008 and 2011 through the Eco-innovation Initiative, brought significant environmental benefits as well as the creation of jobs in Europe. Overall, the estimated environmental savings reach an annual €1.2 billion two years after the projects’ closure. Even though not being a dedicated job-creation programme, the eco-innovation projects supported by the initiative also generated employment. The analysis shows that an average of 9 full time equivalent jobs has been generated per project.

The 20th European Forum on Eco-innovation will be held in Tallinn, Estonia, on 26-28 October 2016. The Forum will examine financing opportunities for eco-innovative SMEs and will showcase successful companies who have succeeded in attracting investors and growing their business. It will explore the enabling factors and challenges of transitioning to a circular business model and will address these through the lens of business, finance and public sector. The Forum will also provide an opportunity for participants from across Europe to:

Eco Innovators from across Europe are being invited to come to Seoul South Korea on 27th & 28th October 2015 for the 19th Forum on Eco-innovation!  The Forum will explore business opportunities in eco-innovation, presenting the latest trends in the circular economy while focusing on innovative materials and products. The Forum is an opportunity for exchange between European and Korean business actors. Eco-innovation helps achieving greater resource efficiency in production and consumption patterns and results in greater competitiveness for innovative businesses.

Horizon 2020, the EU’s flagship €80 billion research and innovation fund was launched on 11th December. The European Commission has moved quickly to release calls for proposals worth more than €15 billion over the first two years. The funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives.

The €7.8 billion budget for 2014 is focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020:

EU Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik was at the headquarters of the European Investment Bank to discuss resource efficiency, green infrastructure and eco-innovation with EIB's President Werner Hoyer on the 18th June. Commissioner Potočnik underlined the crucial role of the Bank in financing resource efficiency, green technologies and the development of innovative financial instruments to support the environment. Water was though the main priority when the two met.

Members from ENEP have met twice with representatives from ECOWEB, a new Commission funded service, that provides up-to-date information on hundreds of European eco-innovations, including technologies, applications, products, processes and other solutions. It aims to link enterprises, professionals, SMEs, and eco-innovations to increase the uptake of EU-funded research directly from an embedded widget on our own website. READ MORE