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6 November 2015

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Interview: The heavy weight of resource inefficiency

Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek is a pioneering voice in debates about environmental sustainability and resource efficiency. His background is in chemistry, and he was formerly a founding vice president of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, where he developed theories on “material input per service unit,” or the amount of resources needed to provide a certain function. This was expressed through the idea of “ecological rucksacks” that products carry with them. He later established the International Factor 10 Institute to work on economy-wide resource productivity. In this interview, he outlines the ecological rucksack concept and discusses the central role of resource efficiency in environmental sustainability.

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EU and Korea identify opportunities to take eco-innovation forward

Europe and Korea can learn from one another to bolster eco-innovation, move closer to a circular economy and deliver on the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, concluded decision-makers from both regions at the 19th Forum on Eco-Innovation held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on 27-28 October 2015. Delegates from business, government and civil society exchanged best practice examples of eco-innovation, compared and contrasted sustainable consumption and production policies, and acknowledged that they are bound together by the SDGs agreed in New York in September this year.

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Norwegian programme tests green shipping concepts

A group of Norwegian shipping companies has come together to work on five pilot projects that are intended to improve the environmental performance of shipping that operates close to shore, such as ferries or short-distance freight. The main aim of the scheme, known as the Green Coastal Shipping Programme, is to look at cleaner energy sources, and to thus contribute to making Norway’s coastal shipping fleet the world’s most environmentally efficient.

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19th Eco Innovation Forum — ‘Business opportunities in eco-innovation: materials and products for a sustainable future’ — is available to watch online!
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Call for applications to join EC non-food scientific committees (consumer safety, and health, environmental and emerging risks)
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INNEON’s 1st Eco-Innovation Awards — reducing pollution & use of natural resources across the whole life-cycle — application deadline: November 9
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Sustainable Innovation 2015
Epsom, United Kingdom
9 November 2015
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Information day on 'Knowledge Alliances' and 'Sector Skills Alliances' in Erasmus+ call 2016
Brussels, Belgium
23 November 2015
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High-Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials & Horizon 2020 Brokerage Event on Raw Materials
Brussels, Belgium
9-10 December 2015
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Financing the Circular Economy
10 December 2015
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