30-31 May 2013: Seminar for journalists on Eco-Innovation in Brussels (BE)
Eco-Innovation: a path to competitiveness and sustainability
In the time of crisis, the strategic focus on sustainability and green innovation plays a crucial role in staying at the forefront of global competition. Through the Eco-Innovation initiative managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), a significant contribution has been made to improve water usage efficiency, reduce (non-) hazardous/ radioactive waste, and lower green house emissions, adding up the annual environmental savings of 833 million EUR in total. While the initiative has shown the success from giving financial supports to SMEs' eco-innovation projects, more could be done to explore the unexploited resources in order to provide more employment opportunities, resource efficiency and waste reduction. A new report, which assesses the results of Competitiveness and Innovation Frame Programme (CIP) Eco-Innovation will be released at the end of May to outline the next step ahead.
On 30-31 May 2013, a group of 15 journalists (EU, Croatia, Norway) who cover environment and/or business were invited to attend a two-day seminar in Brussels that featured the main findings and success stories of the CIP Eco-Innovation initiative.
This seminar was held with financial and organisational support from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment.
Patrick De Saedeleir gave a presentation at the networking dinner.