Boosting the circular economy amongst SMEs in Europe The European Commission invites organisations who engage with and support SMEs (e.g. sector associations, industry associations, SME umbrella organisations or networks, chambers of commerce) in the European Union to put themselves forward if they are interested in receiving training from: KPMG, Ecofys, CSR Netherlands and CSR Netherlands regarding resource efficiency, eco-innovation and circular economy.The trainings will be focused on helping you to establish a programme to deliver support on the topic of circular economy to your members.
The content of the trainings can be tailored towards your specific needs/the needs of your organisation. Topics which you can expect to be addressed in the training are: EU financial instruments to finance circular solutions (e.g. Horizon 2020, Life), EU non-financial instruments to help promote circular solutions (e.g. EU Ecolabel, EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), EU Environmental Technology Verification scheme (ETV), green public procurement (GPP), indicators for construction sector) and circular business models (e.g. leasing). The training sessions are expected to take place during Q1 of 2018.
The offer: Capacity building in the form of digital training materials Two-days training session on how to extend services to SMEs regarding resource efficiency, eco-innovation and circular economy Your benefits: State-of-the-art and tailored content in the trainings On-site training Improved service provision to your SMEs Your SMEs can benefit from circular economy solutions, including cost reductions, new/increased revenue streams and improved environmental performance What is expected from you if you participate: Time investment to participate in different training modules Implementation plans to bring the gained knowledge to SMEs.
Following the feedback received in response to the call launched on the 7th of December 2016, the Commission has decided to publish a second call for proposals to support the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). The scope of supported activities will be environmental protection, nature conservation and restoration of
On 30 May, 2017 a special Green Awards ceremony will take place in Brussels. The European Commission has selected 15 representative projects to illustrate the impact of LIFE in the past years.
It’s your turn now! Vote for your favourite project per category (Environment – Nature -Climate) on Facebook until 10 May 2017.
LIFE International networking conference
Environment needs LIFE for the next 25 years
In the context of the project LIFE Capacity Building Slovenia the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning is organising the LIFE international networking conference entitled “Environment needs LIFE for the next 25 years”, which will take place 25 th and 26 th May 2017 in European Union House, Ljubljana, Slovenia and at Škocjanski zatok Natural Reserve, Koper, Slovenia.
Brussels, 7 April 2017
Today, the European Commission, together with 14 partners from national and regional authorities, universities, knowledge centres, innovators and end-users, takes concrete steps to address regulatory barriers to innovation by signing the first Innovation Deal on “Sustainable Waste Water Treatment Combining Anaerobic Membrane Technology (AnMbR) and Water Reuse”.
APRIL 7, 2017
LIFE has published a new Focus brochure on one of the greatest environmental, social and economic challenges of the next 30 years – the transition to a circular economy.
In his foreword to the brochure, Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, sets out the challenge ahead: “Europe needs to move