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European Commission - Press release

€35 million for eco-innovation comes on stream

Brussels, 30 June 2011 - Funding worth €35 million for 42 eco-innovation projects selected under the 2010 Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) is now coming on stream, as applications are ongoing for the 2011 call for proposals.

Last year's successful applicants include a non-invasive method to repair leaks in water pipes; acoustic panels to dampen noise from railways using rubber from old tyres; biodegradable interior panels that can reduce the weight of an aircraft by 15%; a fermentation process that allows CO2 recovery in breweries; and a prefabricated housing system made of locally sourced renewable materials (wood and straw).

The 42 projects cover a wide range of environmental innovations that have one thing in common: they all contribute to protecting our precious environment while sharpening Europe's competitive edge.

Commenting on the new projects, European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik said: "These eco-innovations are a great source of inspiration. They show a more environmentally-friendly, yet highly successful way of doing business in Europe. And I am delighted to be able to say that the funding available for 2011 is €38 million – an increase of three million from last year – but still far below the increasing level of demand."

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Some 287 proposals were submitted in the 2010 call, a 42% increase compared to 2009. Around 66% of both participants and beneficiaries are from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The CIP Eco-innovation funds are designed to support new products, services and processes that use fewer natural resources and produce less waste, emissions and pollutants.

Applications for the €38 million available under the 2011 call for proposals are welcome in the field of water conservation as a priority area, in addition to material recycling, sustainable buildings, the food and drink industry and green business. The call is open until 8 September 2011. European added value is a requirement.

Background

A key contributor to the Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP), eco-innovation is the green strand of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and has a total budget of around €200 million over the period 2008-2013.

Eco-innovation projects feature a high participation of SMEs, most of which have never received EU funding before.

Further information:

For a list of the 42 projects selected for funding under the 2010 call and an analysis of the proposals see:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eco-innovation/in-action/

For information on the 2011 call for proposals and how to apply see:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eco-innovation/getting-funds/call-for-proposals/

For more information on CIP Eco-innovation visit:

http://ec.europa.eu/ecoinnovation

Contacts :

Joe Hennon (+32 2 295 35 93)

Monica Westeren (+32 2 295 06 68)


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