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Eco-Innovation 2012 Information Session

Event date : 15/05/2012 | Free Entrance
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Event date: 15th May 2012

Time: 13:00 – 16:00 hrs

Venue: Malta Enterprise, Gwardamangia Hill, Pieta (Conference Hall)

Target audience: SMEs, commercial entities, public organizations, private associations, NGOs


The European Union's Eco-Innovation funding call is addressed mainly to organisations that have developed an environmental product, service, management practice or process which has a proven track record, yet is not fully marketed due to residual risks. The Eco-innovation initiative is intended to overcome those barriers to further market penetration and turn these products and processes into Europe's future eco-innovation successes. Applications from SMEs are particularly encouraged. Around €35 million will be available to fund new projects this year. The Commission will fund up to 50% of the project’s eligible costs.

The Call for proposals 2012 will open on the 8th of May 2012. Deadline for submission of applications is expected to be in September (exact date to be confirmed). In this respect the Malta CIP National Contact Point (NCP) at Malta Enterprise is organizing an information session on the 15th May.

The event is free of charge however due to limited seating capacity booking is required by latest 14th May. Booking is to be done though this event page on this website.


PROGRAMME

13.00 Registration and welcome coffee

13:30 Welcome: Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) & how Eco innovation fits in
Pedro F. Alvarez, CIP National Contact Point, Malta Enterprise

13:35 The Eco Innovation call & how to write a good proposal
Pedro F. Alvarez, CIP National Contact Point, Malta Enterprise

14:55 Get to know: Business First
Joseph Grech, Relationship Management Unit, Malta Enterprise

15.05 Get to know: MCST Commercialisation Programme
Ing. Joseph Sammut, MCST

15.15 Jeremie and Financing your centralised project
Mark Scicluna Bartoli, Head EU Business Development, Bank of Valletta p.l.c.

15:45 Q & A

16:00 Closure
Pedro F. Alvarez, CIP National Contact Point, Malta Enterprise


For any queries about this upcoming call or about this event kindly contact Mr Pedro F. Alvarez, CIP National Contact Point at Malta Enterprise, on info@cipmalta.com or on telephone number 2542 3214. For more information about the CIP programme kindly visit www.cipmalta.com.



The Eco-Innovation Call 2012

The European Union's Eco-Innovation funding call is addressed mainly to organisations that have developed an environmental product, service, management practice or process which has a proven track record, yet is not fully marketed due to residual risks. The Eco-innovation initiative is intended to overcome those barriers to further market penetration and turn these products and processes into Europe's future eco-innovation successes. Applications are open to all Maltese public and private entities.

Projects submitted under this call will have to:

1. Have an innovative character and substantial positive impacts on the environment;
2. Provide significant replication, wider application and broader marketability;
3. be relevant for and show clear and substantial benefits in support of Europe's environmental policy objectives;
4. Demonstrate a European added value and an international project dimension;
5. Be well thought-through from a technical and project management perspective;
6. Be cost-effective delivering higher quality through appropriate effort levels.

This call supports Eco-innovative projects in different sectors which aim at the prevention or reduction of environmental impacts or which contribute to the optimal use of resources. However, more specific priorities have been set up considering its important environmental impact.

The five priorities are: Recycling materials; Sustainable building products; Food and drink sector; Greening business; and water.

Recycling materials

Around 1.3 billion tonnes of waste are generated per year in the EU, and the rate is increasing at rates comparable to economic growth. Improvement in the way waste is managed in the EU is therefore urgently needed.

The initiative aims to:

  • improve sorting processes for waste materials such as construction, industrial, household, electrical and electronic waste;
  • encourage eco-friendly and innovative recycling processes;
  • multiply business innovations that strengthen the competitiveness of the recycling industries.

Sustainable building products

The building sector has a huge environmental impact and the EU job market depends heavily on the construction sector. Buildings and construction consume a lot of natural resources and generate a lot of waste. The sector uses more than 50% of all materials extracted from the earth and generates more than 450 million tonnes/year of waste in the EU. Managing and disposing of old buildings is also problematic. Full development of the market for sustainable construction is necessary to tackle the impacts.

Eco-innovation aims to encourage the use of:

  • environmentally-friendly construction materials and innovative manufacturing processes
  • construction products and related processes that reduce consumption of resources, embodied carbon and production of by-product wastes.

 Food and drink sector

The European food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the EU, generating 13% of the EU manufacturing sector turnover and employing over four million people. However, improvement in innovation expenditure and in the environmental performance of production and consumption of food and drink products are needed in order to increase the competitiveness of the sector.

The initiative hopes to achieve:

  • innovative products including new packaging solutions that reduce environmental impact and maximise resource efficiency;
  • cleaner and more efficient processing so as to reduce waste and increase material recycling and recovery;
  • improved efficiency water management processes that reduce the use of water across the food and drink supply chain;
  • innovative products, processes and services reducing environmental impacts of consumption of food and drink.

Greening business

Small businesses need support to help them reduce their environmental impact while remaining competitive. With 20 million small firms representing 99 % of businesses, SMEs are a key driver for economic growth in the EU. It is important to assist them in adapting to the challenges of climate change and to seize the business opportunities that arise from this process.

The initiative is encouraging:

  • innovative products that will decrease environmental impacts and use less resources;
  • greening of production and clean production processes, including industrial symbiosis;
  • services facilitating a better match between supply and demand of eco-innovative solutions and helping eco-innovation into the market;
  • substitution of materials with reduced environmental impacts and higher resource efficiency (e.g. bio-based products), substitution of scarce materials and increased use of secondary raw material;
  • gradual innovation by introducing re-manufacturing mechanisms and innovative repairing services.

Water

Water is essential not only for direct uses, but also for ensuring the integrity of ecosystems and the goods and services they provide to humans. As freshwater depletion and pollution is becoming increasingly problematic, it is crucial to boost the market uptake of innovative solutions to improve water efficiency and water quality in different sectors. In the specific context, projects focussing on water efficiency should reduce water consumption by at least 30%.

Eco-Innovation wants to support:

  • Water efficient processes, products and technologies, especially water-free processes;
  • Water and wastewater treatment: solutions that offer greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact;
  • Smart distribution systems aiming at saving water, chemicals, energy and materials.

 

For more information about this call and the application documentation kindly visit:
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eco-innovation/about/index_en.htm