Boosting sustainable construction through public procurement
Buildings use huge amounts of energy and resources, both during their construction and through-out their life-cycle. As part of the ECOPOL (‘Accelerating eco-innovation policies’) project, LandesEnergieVerein Steiermark has produced a guide for public procurement policies that stimulate uptake of sustainable construction and refurbishment.
InnovationSeeds – Maximising the value of environmental research
Ensuring market uptake of environmental research remains a key challenge in greening the economy. The InnovationSeeds platform is designed to boost uptake of results and presents findings in a variety of areas, from water and waste management, to energy and resource efficiency.
First simulations reveal up to 70% savings from value chain optimisation
Resource efficiency is not only a critical environmental issue, it also plays a decisive role in industrial competitiveness. Despite the huge potentials present, resource efficiency measures have mostly been enacted only within single factories. A new study by Greenovate! Europe reveals hidden resource efficiency possibilities of up to 70% of resource costs through optimisation of the entire manufacturing value chain.
FLOATGEN - Wind power going further offshore
The FLOATGEN project will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of two multi-megawatt integrated floating wind turbine systems in southern European deep waters. FLOATGEN will assess and compare the two different systems to improve performance and allow future replication of the project results.
EU-GUGLE - Sustainable Renovation Models for Smarter Cities
In order to meet its 2020 energy targets, Europe will have to undertake renovation of its building stock, which is currently responsible for 40% of total energy consumption. The EU-GUGLE Smart Cities project will test nearly-zero energy building renovation models at the district level, aiming to renovate 260,000m2 of living space, and achieve 40-80% energy savings per pilot district, whilst increasing the share of renewable energy sources by 25%.