ECO-INNOVATION

ENBED - Environmental benefits through the decrease of food products loss and waste, is a cooperation project funded by the Eco-Innovation Programme in the priority area: food and drink sector. Ecoinnovation programme is initiative the European Union within of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme - CIP.

The objective of the project is to commercialize a solution for the monitoring and control of the cold chain channels for dairy and dairy related products based on a solution that is already available and is successfully deployed in the post-harvest (vegetables and fruits) market.

ECO-INNOVATION - Good for the business, good for the environment

The CIP Eco-Innovation initiative intends to promote eco-innovation and support an action plan for environmental technologies. Its ultimate goal is the improvement of both Europe's environmental status and its competitiveness through support to innovative solutions for environment protection, creating at the same time a wider market for technologies, management methods, products and green services.

Eco-innovation support first application and market replication projects: that is, to provide incentives and tools to foster the market penetration potential of eco-innovative products and practices whose technical validity has already been demonstrated.
 

The programme's goals are:

  • Promoting the adoption of new, integrated approaches to eco-innovation in sectors such as environmental management and more environment-friendly services;
  • Encouraging the adoption of eco-innovative solutions, removing market barriers through new products, production processes, services and technologies;
  • Increasing SME's innovation potential.

Priorities covered so far include:

Recycling materials: improving sorting processes for waste materials; strengthening the competitiveness of the recycling industries; and the development of new recycling solutions and innovative products that use recycled materials;

Buildings and construction: covering innovative products for the building sector; the production of sustainable construction materials and techniques; better use of recycled materials and renewable resources for construction; and new technologies for treating and saving water.

The food and drink sector: including subjects like cleaner production and packaging processes; devising more efficient water-management processes; innovations to tackle waste reduction, recycling and recovery; and methods to improve the efficient use of resources. Recently, priority has been given to sectors that generate sizeable environmental impacts, such as the dairy and meat industries;

Greening business and green purchasing: such as ensuring businesses consider environmental criteria when purchasing and efficient use of resources; helping businesses to green their processes and production; and the integration of eco-innovation techniques in supply chains.

Between 2008 and 2013 €195 million are available to fund projects under the eco-innovation initiative.
Further information on Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP): http://ec.europa.eu/cip/
Further information on Eco-innovation: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eco-innovation