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Environmental technologies network (umbrella: generates projects, but does not carry out r&d)

Objective: the aim is to generate sub-projects developing
high technology products, processes, systems or services
contributing to solving some of europe's major
environmental problems.

EUROENVIRON is an "umbrella" project within the EUREKA structure. The main task is to generate subprojects developing high technology products, processes, systems or services contributing to solving some of Europe's major environmental problems as well as increasing Europe's competitiveness in this field on the world market. There is a wide range of opportunities for countering environmental problems in the EUREKA countries, but solutions can only be identified and implemented using many different specific approaches. Pollution prevention rather than clean-up is regarded as the future at all political levels and will therefore receive special attention in the targeted project generation activities within the EUREKA EUROENVIRON Umbrella. However, in order to offer the required range of solutions for both short-term and long-term pollution problems within many areas (sectorial as well as national), there will be a continuing need for the further development of clean-up and end-of-pipe technologies. Life cycle perspectives, framed by Integrated Product Policies within EUREKA countries and the EUROPEAN UNION, and Life Cycle Management approaches applied by industries, together with sustainable development, are all guiding principles in the search for solutions. These should contribute to strengthening the position of European industry in delivering sustainable products and services. EUROENVIRON Mission Statement - Generate, promote and facilitate the establishment of "market-driven", co-operative, environmental RTD (Research and Technological Development) projects involving industry and research institutes across Europe. -Carry out networking activities emphasising the new environmental focus as outlined in EU and national environmental policies and directives. Generate and promote RTD projects under the Integrated Product Policy (IPP) Approach aiming at the development of intelligent product design / eco-design to reduce the environmental impacts of products and services through their entire life cycle: * Less use of resources. * Avoid/limit emissions of dangerous substances. * Improved recycling. * Sustainable use of renewable resources. * Increased product life time/increased 'service' value of products = dematerialisation waste minimisation. * Promotion of sustainability and life cycle assessment as integrated elements in all innovative developments. * Encouragement of co-operation on environmental RTD between companies and research organisations in different regions of Europe. * Promotion of an open dialogue between the different actors from industry, research, governments and other interested parties within and across the different industrial sectors and countries of the EUREKA EUROENVIRON network. * Co-operation with relevant European and international organisations and research programmes (other EUREKA umbrellas, EU Framework Programmes, COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research), CEN (European Committee for Standardization), UNEP (United Nations Environment Program), etc.). The detailed work and organisation of the EUROENVIRON Umbrella is described in the EUROENVIRON Action Plan of 1 November 2004 (final), which is attached and can also be found on the EUROENVIRON web page: www.euroenviron.com (action plan heading).
Acronym: 
EUROENVIRON
Project ID: 
330
Start date: 
01-07-1989
Project Duration: 
251months
Project costs: 
0.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.