Launched in 2008, the Eco-innovation initiative is part of the EU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP), set up to support innovation among SMEs and to improve their competitiveness. It is included in the EIP’s annual work programmes.


This brochure [pdf. 2.44MB] presents a collection of projects that have successfully managed to change the way we consume, produce, build and recycle: from using CO2 to grow algae to convert into vital nutrients to turning old TVs into hardwearing, decorative tiles.


Healthy food from greener production methods

1. Turning CO2 into high quality nutrition
Construction and operation of an innovative photo-bioreactor (PBR) for the production of micro algae comprising high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids (PHOBIOR)
2. Cutting back on food wasted during transportation
Environmental benefits through the reduction of loss and waste in food products (ENBED)
3. Making beer production more environmentally friendly
Full-scale implementation of an innovative CO2 recovery plant for use in breweries (FICOB)
4. Using bamboo to clean up wastewater
Market replication of bamboo remediation of food industry effluent grey water for re-use (BRITER-WATER)


 Building a greener construction industry

5. Giving old bricks a new life
Market uptake of an automated technology for reusing old bricks (REBRICK)
6. Plastics recycling for construction
High performance, lightweight aggregate for concrete from the recycling of urban waste (NUMIX)
7. Taking straw bales mainstream as viable building material
EU market development of MODCELL: a prefabricated eco-building system utilising renewable materials (EUROCELL)
8. Low cost solutions for low energy housing
Enhanced insulation in timber-frame housing using recycled materials (INSULATFH)


Innovative green businesses

9. Shoes that are comfortable for the wearer and the planet
Ecofriendly Leather Tanned with Titanium (TiLEATHER)
10. A system for identifying responsible recyclers
European Certification of Plastics Recyclers (EUCERTPLAST)
11. Reliable labelling for compostable packaging
Improvement on green labels for packaging (ECOPACK)
12. Reducing footwear’s environmental footprint
Plastics from renewable sources applied in footwear (ecoTPU)
13. Helping to green-up industrial parks
Eco-Industrial Park Environmental Support System (EPESUS)


Making less go further through recycling

14. Purifying by-waste in car windscreen recycling
Design and construction of a windscreen recycling line (WS-REC)
15. Ensuring the proper treatment of electrical waste
Full Traceability of the management of WEEE (WEEE TRACE)
16. Recycling TVs into tiles
Glass Plus
17. Putting waste lime to good use
Integrated technology for recycling of smelting gases and sustainable production of frits and enamels (Frit-Rec)
18. From used shoe mountain to useful recycled material
Post-used shoes recovery in footwear industry and other applications (NATURALISTA)
19. Giving used textiles a new lease of life
Textiles for Textiles (T4T)
20. Making carpet manufacturing more environmentally friendly
Towards closed loop chains in Europe (EUROC2C Carpetchains)


Water innovation – think blue and go green

21. Efficient management of wastewater treatment plants
Efficient Management of Small and Medium Wastewater Treatment Plants (OptimEDAR)
22. From biogas waste to fertilisers
High Added Value Ecofertilisers from Anaerobic Digestion Effluent Wastes (WAVALUE)
23. Advanced filtration system to boost water reuse
Increased Water Efficiency with Ceramic membrane technology (IWEC)
24. Cutting back on wasted drinking water
Intervention for Curing Pipeline Leakage in Urban Water Mains (LEAKCURE)

Extract taken from Environment & Energy Management.