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Measuring the bioeconomy: why closing data gaps is key to a greener Europe
Forestry
Measuring the bioeconomy: why closing data gaps is key to a greener Europe

The push to establish an EU-wide bioeconomy is gaining momentum through key initiatives such as the European Union’s Green Deal. But it faces obstacles, not least the need to update the way data is processed and shared among member states.

Life cycle assessments reveal electric vehicle roll out hazards
Eco-vehicles
Life cycle assessments reveal electric vehicle roll out hazards

During COP26, Volvo admitted increased production emissions in its C40 Recharge model, underlining the need for life cycle assessments (LCAs) to help battery development. Extending LCAs beyond greenhouse gas emissions to resource scarcity and social issues already suggests that the world needs more than just lithium-ion battery technology.

Myriam Martín, Coordinator of dRural
Agriculture
Filling the gender gap in agriculture: viable opportunities for women

Country life may be romantic, but regional development counts too. Digitalisation can help boost gender equality and curb rural poverty

Bauhaus coming full-circle: sustainable buildings in a resource-efficient economy
Ecobuildings
Bauhaus coming full-circle: sustainable buildings in a resource-efficient economy

One hundred years on, the influential building, art and design movement is born again amid Europe’s push to reduce emissions in the carbon-heavy housing sector. Like its forerunner of the 1920s, the New European Bauhaus is designed for form, function, good looks and community uplift – with some 21st century additions too

Sustainable fashion: Young people have the power for change
Pollution
Sustainable fashion: Young people have the power for change

As the spotlight once again falls on global emissions at this year’s COP26 UN climate change conference, attention is focusing on pollution produced by the fashion and textiles industries and the role that the younger generation can play in making them more sustainable

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Society
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