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11 September 2015

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Resource efficiency projects get underway as part of process industry initiative

The SPIRE partnership (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency) is a cross-sectoral initiative involving the main players in the European Union's process industries – eight sectors that transform commodity resources into essential products: chemicals, steel, engineering, minerals, non-ferrous metals, cement, ceramics and water. In 2013, SPIRE was designated by the European Commission as a public-private partnership of strategic importance for European industry. Through dedicated Horizon 2020 calls, SPIRE partners can participate in research and innovation projects, with the objective of making the process industry more resource- and energy-efficient. SPIRE executive director Loredana Ghinea provided an update on the progress of the initiative.

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Wave energy: work in progress
Photo: Sea Wave Energy Ltd

Wave energy seems to be the little brother of other renewable energy technologies. While solar and wind power have been commercialised and scaled up to the extent that some countries now get a substantial portion of their electricity from them (wind energy met more than 40% of Denmark's electricity needs in the first half of 2014, for example), wave power remains at the experimental stage. Prototypes are being developed, but commercial-scale exploitation is still a long way off.

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Eco-innovation in Croatia: work in progress

The European Union's newest member state, Croatia, is at the start of its journey to develop and implement the policies and support measures that will boost eco-innovation. There is so far no targeted eco-innovation policy, but work is underway to build capacity and gain experience. Croatian partners have, for example, led or participated in eco-innovation projects funded by the EU's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), which ran from 2007-2013.

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Call for proposals for LIFE Environment sub-programme - deadline October 2015
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Upcoming events
Horizon 2020 Information Day on ‘Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials’
Brussels, Belgium
21 September 2015
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Eco-Innovation Summit on World Efficiency
Paris, France
13-15 October 2015
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19th Eco Innovation Forum: ‘Business opportunities in eco-innovation – materials and products for a sustainable future’
Seoul, Republic of Korea
27-28 October
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Business & Innovation Network Annual Event: ‘Responsible Research & Innovation: a collective, sustainable, inclusive and system-wide approach’
Porto, Portugal
2 November
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Sustainable Innovation 2015
Epsom, United Kingdom
9-10 November
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