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Agriculture goes green – New bio-fertilisers to make farming more sustainable
Agriculture
Agriculture goes green – New bio-fertilisers to make farming more sustainable

The European Union has updated its rules on fertilisers, which almost exclusively covered mined or chemically produced materials. While new organic fertilisers will now be able to enter the EU market in 2022, researchers are testing innovative bio-based solutions to boost the circular economy

How citizens can become co-creators of sustainable food packaging
Pollution
How citizens can become co-creators of sustainable food packaging

The Covid-19 pandemic has driven consumers to order more takeaway food during lockdowns, resulting in increased single-use plastics waste. While momentum is growing among some businesses and governments to tackle the unsustainable use of such packaging, European researchers have called on citizens to help design new eco-friendly products

Sharing power to foster renewables: the cooperatives model
Renewables
Sharing power to foster renewables: the cooperatives model

In the EU there are about 3,400 renewable energy cooperatives owned by citizens. These socially innovative players of the market have overturned the top-down approach of utility companies to spread the culture of energy transition

New digital tools to change our behaviours and save energy
Ecodesign
New digital tools to change our behaviours and save energy

How do I get people to change their habits? This is one of the challenges faced by developers of apps and ICT solutions aimed at boosting energy savings in our buildings. European researchers embraced this mission

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